The JV baseball team beat Heathwood 2-1 on Tuesday night. Drew Hankins took the win in a five inning game going three and one third innings on the mound. He allowed one earned run when a batter was hit by a pitch, advanced to third on a single and scored on a sacrifice fly. Overall, he allowed two hits and walked three. He tallied two strikeouts. Caleb Wilson, who was just recalled from his brief assignment to a homeschool team in Ireland, finished the game on the mound. He allowed nothing and told Heathwood to like it. No runs, no hits and no walks. He struck out one. Offensively, the Panthers did not display their usual flash but did enough to squeak out the win. They had three hits on the night. Those hits were knocked by Jacob Cain, James Reed and Trevor Dacus (who is suddenly on fire at the plate). The two runs scored on an unusual play to say the least. James Reed reached base via a walk. Cole Owens struck out on a nasty curveball but the ball was in the dirt forcing Heathwood to attempt to throw him out at first. The Heathwood catcher hit Cole with his throw. James tried to advance to third on the play and the Highlander first baseman attempted to throw him out but made a poor throw and it went down the right field line. No Highlander players were anywhere near the ball, so James scored easily from 3rd and Cole was able to score all the way from first so basically Cole hit a “homerun” on a strikeout with an error thrown in. The JV team is now 14-5-1.
The varsity team beat a hamstrung Heathwood team 9-0 in a five inning game on Tuesday night. The Highlanders were reeling from the suspension of several varsity players and put together a makeshift lineup to go against the Panthers. In a sign of goodwill, the Panthers agreed to play the Highlanders shorthanded holding three senior players out of the lineup for the night. The Highlanders still managed only one hit on the night as Thomas Castles and Alex Blevins overwhelmed their depleted opponents. Thomas Castles pitched the first three innings giving up one hit and no runs. He struck out two and walked two. Alex Blevins pitched the final two innings, not allowing any hits while striking our four. Offensively, the Panthers were slow to take advantage of the situation. They scored one run in the first on a sacrifice bunt by Josh Hanna, scoring Thomas Castles who had reached on a walk. After a silent second inning, the Panthers added two runs in the third. Alex Blevins singled to begin the inning. He advanced to second on a single by Josh Hana and both advanced to third and second respectively on an error by the left fielder. Joseph Sightler then hit a hot shot to second that the second baseman misplayed allowing both Alex and Josh to score. The Panthers put the game away by scoring six runs in the fourth inning. Matthew Lord started the fourth inning with a walk. After two consecutive strikeouts, Alex Blevins started a two out rally. He singled scoring Matthew from second base. Josh Hanna singled again advancing Alex to third and Josh took second when the right fielder misplayed Josh’s hit. Alex scored on a wild pitch and Josh scored on a single by Joseph Sightler. Jake Brunson and Reese Hankins kept the hit parade going by collecting singles. Joseph and Jake both eventually scored. Alex Goodwin then came up and reached on an error scoring Reese on the play. For the game, Alex and Josh both had two hits. Reese had a single in his return from injured reserve and Daniel Reed contributed a solid single up the middle. Four different batters had an RBI (Blevins, Hanna, Sightler and Hankins). The Panthers are now 10-11 on the season.