Panthers (JV) 10 Laurence Manning 11
The Panther JV squad took an early lead; fell behind 10-4, then fought back and almost won a game they were completely out of in the 4th inning. The Panthers jumped out of the gate early scoring three in the 1st to take a 3-1 lead. Pat Brunson singled in Cole Owens who had also reached via a single. Pat later scored on an overthrow and JC finished the scoring when he trotted home after a bases loaded walk to Daniel Williams. The Swampcats from Laurence Manning came roaring back in the top of the 2nd, plating four runs of their own on three hits, two walks and a Panthers error. Both teams went quietly in the 3rd before the Swampcats again slashed the Panthers for five runs. The big blow for the Swampcats was a two run homer by their shortstop, Page. The Panthers got one run back in the bottom of the 4th when Pat Brunson who had just slapped his second single of the game scored on Cal Hucks triple. Both teams plated one run in the 5th inning, the Panthers scoring their by taking advantage of an error by the Swampcat catcher. The Panthers set the Swampcats down in order in the top of the 6th and then things really got interesting. The Panthers went into the bottom of the 6th inning (the last inning of the game due to time restrictions) losing 11-5. Patrick Brunson led off for the Panthers and promptly slammed a double to right field for his third hit of the game. Cal Hucks was hit by a pitch and JC singled to load the bases. After a strikeout, Daniel Barfield grounded out driving in the first run of the inning. The Swampcats were still sitting pretty at the point, winning by four runs with two outs and runners at 2nd and 3rd. The next batter, Carson Floyd, was hit by a pitch loading the bases again for the Panthers. Anderson Blevins pinch hit for Daniel Williams and drove a double to right center field, clearing the bases with the Swampcat throw home allowing Anderson to advance to 3rd. Parker Pocock then hit an infield single scoring Anderson and making it a one run game. Cole Owens then singled sending the tying run to second and Pat Brunson was hit by a pitch loading the bases once again. The Swampcats then finally prevailed when Cal Hucks grounded out to the pitcher. The Panthers showed tremendous heart in fighting back and won praise from the opposing coach for their never say quit attitude. As mentioned before, Pat Brunson led the way for the Panthers at the plate by going 3-3 with two singles and a double. He also scored three runs. Cole Owens and Danny Waller contributed two singles on the day. Cal Hucks added a triple and Anderson Blevins hit a double. JC Ellis was the starting pitcher for the Panthers. He saw his consecutive scoreless inning streak snapped in the 1st when the Swampcats scored a run in the 1st inning. For the game, JC pitched 3 1/3 innings giving up eight runs; five of them earned. He allowed nine hits, struck out two and walked four. Carson Floyd relieved JC on the mound and turned in one of his longest stints on the mound this season. He went 2 2/3 innings allowing three runs, two of which were earned. He only allowed one hit, struck out three and walked two. The Panther JV squad is now 11-7-1 on the year. The take to the diamond again Wednesday late afternoon with a tilt against the Hammond Skyhawks.
Panthers 1 Laurence Manning 1
The Panther baseball squad took its third straight body shot this past Monday night. The Swampcats won 11-1 as they made the most of their opportunities and took advantage of Panther miscues. The strange thing is that even though the score was lop sided, the coaches walked away from this game feeling better about the direction of the team. This was a close game early on and the Panthers had several chances to take a significant lead if they just could have come up with a clutch hit. That is just how life can treat you outside of baseball. One minute it looks like the dominos are lining up for you and the next something unexpected happens that keeps you from knocking them down. We told the players after the game that they had turned a corner and to keep fighting. We believe every single one of our last four games are winnable IF we play the kind of baseball we are capable of playing. For the game, the Panthers had four hits. All singles by four different players (Caleb Wilson, Josh Hanna, Danny Morales and James Reed). Jake Brunson toed the rubber for the Panthers and did a very good job as he faced the Swampcats for the second time. He went five innings, allowing five runs none of which were earned as his defense struggled behind him. He allowed two hits, struck out three and walked three. Bryan Wilson pitched the 6th inning for the Panthers, allowing six runs, three of which were earned. He gave up two hits, walked one and struck out one. The Panthers fall to 9-7 on the year with four games remaining.