Panthers – 12 North Side Christian – 7
The Panthers broke back into the win column with a convincing 12-7 victory over the Crusaders from North Side at Bray Park on Tuesday night. The Panthers were the visiting team in this game even though the game was played at Bray Park as North Side’s field is not yet ready. The game was great as the Panthers jumped out to an early lead allowing the everyone on the varsity squad to get some playing time in the field.
John Edens led off with a double, advanced to third on a ground out by Parker Pocock and scored on a single by Cal Hucks. Cal advanced to second when Matthew Derrick was hit by a pitch but both runners were stranded there when the Crusaders induced Avery Blevins to hit a fly ball for the third out.
Both teams were scoreless in the second inning, but the Panthers added to their lead in the top of the third. Parker led the inning off with a triple and scored on a shallow sacrifice fly by James Reed. Cal reached on an error by the Crusader third baseman and stole second base. He eventually scored on a wild pitch.
The fourth inning would see the most runs scored of any other inning in the game. The Panthers would plate seven runs to take command of the game and to allow everyone to see playing time and the Crusaders would respond with three of their own. Dan Beam started everything off for the Panthers with a single. This brought the top of the order up and John was hit by a pitch and Parker was walked. James Reed hit his second sacrifice fly of the game to score Micah West who was running for Dan. John scored on an error by the Crusader pitcher and Cal reached once again on an error by the Crusader third baseman to put runners at first and second. Matthew Derrick hit a grounder to second who threw to second base to try and force Cal but the shortstop dropped the ball and now the bases were full of Panthers. Avery Blevins slapped a line drive up the middle to score both Parker and Cal and a 7-0 Panther lead. Matthew advanced to third on Avery’s hit and Avery promptly stole second base to put two runners in scoring position for Danny Waller. Danny singled to score both Matthew and Avery and Danny eventually scored on an error by the opposing shortstop. The teams headed into the bottom of the inning with the Panthers leading 10-0.
The Crusaders would dent the scoreboard in the bottom of the frame by plating three runs. The Crusaders got the bases loaded and scored their first run on a sacrifice fly. Two consecutive singles each scored a run before the Panthers got out of the inning. The Crusaders added a fourth run in the bottom of the fifth when Dean Harper tripled to right center field and scored on a ground out by Peyton Blake.
The score heading into the top of the fifth was now 10-4 Panthers. The Panthers plated one run to increase their lead. Alex McKay was hit by a pitch for the second time in the game and went to second when Dan Beam was hit as well. After one out, Jacob Robinson was walked to load the bases. Alex then scored on a wild pitch to make the score 11-4. The Panthers made it 12-4 when Avery was walked and eventually scored on an error by the Crusader second baseman.
The Crusaders tried to mount a comeback in the bottom of the seventh but only managed to plate three runs on two hits, a walk and a Panther error. The game ended on a groundout to the shortstop Avery Blevins.
The Panthers had seven hits on the day. John Edens and Danny Waller doubled and Parker Pocock tripled. Danny also had a single. Others with hits included Cal Hucks, Avery Blevins and Dan Beam. Avery, Danny and James Reed all had two RBI’s. John, Parker, Cal and Avery all scored two runs. The Panthers had twenty-five productive at bats against a goal of fourteen.
Dan Beam was the starting pitcher for PAC and earned the win. He pitched five innings giving up four runs (two earned). He allowed five hits while striking out two. Danny Waller pitched the final two innings allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits. He struck out two Crusader batters and walked two.