Panthers – 2 Augusta Christian – 1
The Panthers rolled into Augusta for a baseball game on Friday afternoon that is usually a neat celebration. The varsity game marks the beginning of Augusta Christian’s spring break so the whole school comes out to watch the game and cheer their Lions on. The sun broke through dreary, gray clouds to make it a beautiful day for baseball but on this day, the Lion’s were playing with broken hearts. The Lion’s buried their normal third baseman (Drew Passmore) earlier in the week after he had struggled for life following a single car accident last week.
The Lions struck first in the bottom of the third inning when Jackson Wingard doubled and scored on an error by the Panthers. The Panthers answered in the top of the fourth when Cal Hucks doubled and scored on a single by Matthew Derrick. The Panthers took the lead in the top of the fifth when McKinley Proctor singled and later scored on a single by Parker Pocock.
The Panthers made their 2-1 lead stand up, improving their overall record to 10-5. James Reed was the starting pitcher for PAC pitching five innings. He allowed one unearned run on two hits. He struck out eleven and walked three. Will Lawyer pitched the final two innings, giving up on hit.
Parker Pocock and McKinley Proctor had two singles and Cal Hucks doubled. Others with hits include Matthew Derrick and Danny Waller.
After the game, the Panthers gave each Lions player a wristband emblazoned with Drew’s name and number. We discussed that while baseball is a great game, there are certainly more important things in life than baseball wins and losses. The most important thing is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We also discussed how Mr. Passmore’s death had led to five salvations at the school he attended. We challenged the players to use their lives to make a difference in the world around them.