Apr 10 2017

Panthers Weather Savannah Hurricanes on the Diamond; Sweep Doubleheader

Panthers – 11                     Savannah Hurricanes – 1

The Panthers improved to 13-6 by pounding the Hurricanes 11-1 in a game shortened to five innings due to the ten run rule.  The Panthers jumped on the Hurricanes early by plating five runs in the bottom of the first inning.  Parker Pocock led off with a single.  Danny Waller hit a single to left field which the left fielder let scoot under his glove and go all the way to the fence.  Parker scored on the play and Danny made it all the way to third.  James Reed reached base on an error by the Hurricanes third baseman with Danny staying at third on the play.  James immediately stole second base.  Cal Hucks grounded out to score Danny and move James to third.  Matthew Derrick hit a sacrifice fly to score James making the score 3-0.  Avery Blevins started a two out rally by hitting a single to left field.  Avery sprinted to second when the Hurricane pitcher tried to pick him off at first but threw the ball just out of the first baseman’s reach.  Caleb hit an infield single to push Avery over to third.  Caleb stole second base and then Avery scored on a wild pitch to make the score 4-0.  Will Lawyer singled to drive in Caleb for the last run of the inning.

The Panthers added a single run in the bottom of the second when Danny Waller singled went to second on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Matthew Derrick. The Panthers effectively ended the game in the third inning when they scored another five runs.  McKinley Proctor singled with one out, stole second base and scored on a double by William Lawyer.  William went to third on a single by Parker Pocock and scored on an error by the Hurricane pitcher.  Parker scored on a double by Danny Waller and then Cal reached on an error putting two runners on base, but with two outs.  Avery came through with a clutch single to plate both Danny and Cal making the score 11-0 after three innings.

The Hurricanes scored their lone run in the top of the fourth. They were held scoreless in the fifth inning and the game ended early allowing both teams a little rest before the second game of the double header.

Will Lawyer evened his record at 3-3 with the victory. He allowed three hits and did not walk a batter.  Danny Waller paced the twelve hit Panther attack with three (two singles and a double).  He scored three runs and knocked in one RBI.  Others with multiple hits included Parker, Avery and Will.  Will had a single and a double.  Parker also scored two runs and Avery and Will both knocked in two runs.

Panthers – 11                     Savannah Hurricanes – 6

The second game of the double header was closer than the first but the Panthers prevailed once again to raise their record to 14-6. The Hurricanes struck first pushing two runs across in the top of the first inning on two hits.  Panther pitching helped the Hurricanes along by walking one batter and hitting two others.

The Panthers answered right back in a big way by scoring six runs on the strength of seven straight hits. Parker and Danny both singled and both scored on a triple by James Reed.  Cal singled to score to score James. Cal advanced to second on a single by Matthew and then a wild pitch moved Cal to third and Matthew to second.  Avery doubled to drive in both Cal and Matthew.  Avery scored on a single to center by McKinley Proctor which the Hurricane center fielder whiffed on allowing it to go all the way to dead center field.  McKinley rocketed around the bases to score on the three base error.  After one inning, the Panthers led 6-2.

The Hurricanes plated three more runs to the top of the second inning to make the score 6-5 Panthers. They did this without the benefit of a hit as the Panthers made two errors and Panther pitching hit another Hurricane batter.  When the Panthers came to the plate, Parker was hit by a pitch to begin the bottom of the second.  Danny tripled to plate Parker and James hit a sacrifice fly to score Danny making the score 8-5 Panthers after two.

After holding the Hurricanes scoreless in the top of the third, the Panthers added to their lead by scoring one run in the bottom of the frame. McKinley walked, stole second base and took third when the throw from the catcher went into center field.  Will Lawyer then hit a sacrifice fly to plate Parker.  After three innings, it was the Panthers 9-5.

The Hurricanes scored their last run of the game in the top of the fourth. A single and a steal of second put a runner in scoring position at second base.  A clutch hit scored that run but the Panthers shut the Hurricanes down and escaped any additional damage.  James Reed got the run back for the Panthers in the bottom of the frame.  He singled to left field, stole second base and then third and scored on a wild pitch to make the score 10-6 after four innings.

Both teams went scoreless in the fifth inning and the Panthers plated their last run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Cal reached on a two base error by the Hurricane third baseman and scored on a double by Matthew Derrick.  The Hurricanes went quietly in the top of the seventh and the Panthers celebrated their 14th win.

James Reed and Matthew Derrick both had three hits; James with a single, double and a triple and Matthew with two singles and a double. James also scored two runs for the Panthers and knocked in two runs.  Danny Waller singled and tripled.  Others with hits include Avery (double), Parker, Cal and McKinley.  Avery also had two RBI’s.

Dan Beam (3-0) was the starting pitcher for PAC, hurling four innings. He allowed six runs, only three were earned, on four hits.  He struck out four but walked three Hurricane and hit another three.  He was followed to the mound by Matthew Derrick who pitched the final three innings.  Matthew allowed one hit but no runs.  He struck out two and walked one.

The Panthers play again on Monday night against Calhoun County high school.