PAC Panthers baseball advances to state championship with 1-0 victory over the Low Country Wildcats

Saturday, April 28th, marked the state baseball championships for the South Carolina Home School Athletic Association. This was the fourth year of the state home school baseball championships and the Panthers were coming in as the three time defending champion. This was the first time that PAC has hosted the tournament.

The PAC Panthers and Low Country Wildcats kicked off the festivities in the first semi-final game at 9:00 in the morning. The two teams had split a double header earlier in the season so expectations were high and the teams did not disappoint the fans who had come out to watch.

This game turned into a fantastic pitching duel with Dan Beam, for the Panthers, and Zach Hale, for the Wildcats, matching each other pitch for pitch. Both pitchers pitched a complete game with Dan striking out twelve Wildcat batters and Zach striking out eleven Panther batters. Dan allowed two hits and Zach allowed three. Dan faced twenty-two batters (one over the minimum for seven innings) and Zach faced twenty-three (five over the minimum – Zach pitched only six innings as the Wildcats were the visiting team).  Dan did not walk a batter while Zach walked one and hit one batter.

The Panthers scored the game’s lone run in the second. Connor Shealy was hit by a pitch with one out. Zach Hale tried to pick Connor off at first but threw the ball down the right field line and Connor was able to sprint all the way to third before the Wildcats could retrieve the ball. Drew McKay was at bat and blooped a soft liner over the second baseman’s head allowing Connor to race home.

The Panthers threatened in the third getting a runner, Avery Blevins, as far as third, but two straight strikeouts ended the threat.

The game ended when Dan induced a soft line drive off the bat of Zach Hale that quietly nestled itself inside the glove of Avery Blevins at second base.

Game Notes: The Panthers only had six productive at bats in the game; missing their goal of eleven by five. Drew McKay, Caleb Green and Avery Blevins had the hits for the Panthers. The Panthers had six assists for the game. The Panthers advanced to their fourth straight state championship game while improving their record to 11-6.

PAC B-Team Baseball OPEN PRACTICE

Have you wanted to play PAC Baseball but weren’t sure if you would like it?

Give it a try this Saturday!

The PAC B-Team is hosting an OPEN PRACTICE this Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 11:30 am-1:00 pm at Bray Park, 200 Bray Park Road, West Columbia, SC.

The PAC Baseball B-Team plays under National Federation of High School Rules on a 60′-90′ field. Our goal is to field a competitive baseball team while preparing our players to contribute at the next level. The B-Team is composed of Middle-School aged athletes. If you will be in 6th, 7th or 8th grade next year, we would love to see you out there. Bring your glove, cleats, a water bottle and dress appropriately for baseball practice.

Any questions or to confirm you are coming, call Stephen Hucks at 803-622-7723 or 803-865-6370.

PAC Baseball is hosting the VARSITY STATE HOMESCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIP this SATURDAY as well. PAC will play the 9:00 am game that morning, so come early and cheer them on as they seek to defend their title as the reigning STATE CHAMPIONS (3 years running)!

Baseball Championship Weekend – Saturday April 28th

Providence Athletic Club hosts the South Carolina Home School Athletic Association baseball state championship tournament this weekend (Saturday April 28th).  This is the first time PAC has hosted the tournament where the Panthers will be competing for its fourth straight state championship.

The varsity team will begin defense of its crown at 9:00 am against the Low Country Wildcats.  If they win that game, they will play in the championship game at 7:00 pm against the winner of the game between the Upstate Eagles and the Greenville Hurricanes.  If they lose the first game, they will play in the consolation game at 3:15.

Please come out to support your Panthers on what is shaping up to be a beautiful Saturday morning.  Let’s have the biggest crowd to ever show up at a PAC athletic event.

Our home field is Bray Park which is located at 280 Bray Park Road, West Columbia, 29172.  We will be operating a canteen offering burgers, fries and various snacks and drinks.  There is free admission for all fans.

 

Panther Baseball Survives the Greenville Hurricanes

The PAC varsity baseball team defeated the Heathwood Highlanders by a score of 11-10 last Friday night in a game that ended in a walk-off home run. They liked that so much they decided to beat the Greenville Hurricanes by the same score this past Saturday at Bray Park, coming from behind by two runs in the last inning and, once again, winning on a walk-off hit.

The Hurricanes jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning on four singles. The Panthers got one run back in the bottom of the frame when Avery Blevins led off with an inside the park home run. He drove a line drive into right center field that the center fielder dove for trying to make the catch. The ball skipped by him and rolled all the way to the fence allowing Avery to motor around the bases and score.

The Hurricanes got that run back in the top of the second on a walk, a sacrifice bunt and a single. The Panthers scored their second run in the bottom of the second when Dan Beam walked, was sacrificed to second by Alex McKay, and scored on a single by Avery.

The Hurricanes added to their lead in the top of the third by plating another two runs. Martin led off with a double and scored on an error by the Panther third baseman. Barners reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on an error by the Panther catcher. After three innings, the Hurricanes led 5-2.

The top of the fourth saw the Hurricanes score another three runs to take an 8-2 lead. Hart hit a double with two outs and Moseley was walked. Martin hit his third hit of the game, an inside the park home run to score three runs. The Panthers got those three runs back in the bottom of the inning. Samuel led off with a walk and then Alex McKay drew the second walk of the inning. McKinley Proctor singled to right center field with two outs to score both Samuel and Alex. McKinley stole second base and scored on a double by Micah West. After four innings, the score was 8-5 Greenville.

The Hurricanes were silent in the top of the fifth inning and the Panthers took advantage by tying the game up in their half of the inning. Connor Shealy and Samuel Leslie received back-to-back walks. Alex McKay was then hit by a pitch (more on this in the game notes). Jonathan Sarazen was then up to bat and was also plunked by the Hurricanes pitcher, forcing in Connor Shealy from third. Avery stroked his third hit of the game up the middle to score Samuel and Micaiah who was running for Alex. After five innings, the score was 8-8.

Both team were scoreless in the sixth inning, setting up an exciting finish to the game. The top of the seventh saw the Hurricanes score two runs and seeming put the game away. The Panthers got two quick outs but an error by the Panther shortstop and a double by Barners scored one run and put another in scoring position. A single by Rogers scored that second run and the Panthers were in serious trouble. The Panthers came up to bat trailing 10-8 and were in the bottom of their line-up but the Panthers have a reputation of never giving up and they now took the opportunity to live up to that reputation. Samuel Leslie led off with a single to right field and Micaiah Hinkle followed up with a single of his own to center field. Zach Thurber executed a beautiful sacrifice bunt towards first base. The Hurricane pitcher fielded the ball and glanced towards third. Seeing no play there, he tried to throw to first but made a poor throw allowing both Samuel and Micaiah to score and Zach to motor all the way around to third base. The game was now tied with the winning run on third in the form of Zach. Avery Blevins strode up to the plate and slammed out his fourth hit of the game to left field scoring Zach from third to win the game and allow an on field celebration for the victory.

Game Notes: The Panthers outhit the Hurricanes 11-9. Avery led the way with three singles and an inside the park home run. Avery scored one run and had five RBI’s. McKinley Procter had a single and two RBI’s while scoring one run. Micah West doubled and singled with one RBI. David Hucks had a double and Zach Thurber, Samuel Leslie and Micaiah Hinkle all had their big hits in the seventh inning. Dan Beam was the starting pitcher, pitching three and two thirds innings. He allowed seven runs (five earned) on six hits. He walked one batter and struck out three. The Panthers made two big errors behind him. Micah West pitched the final three and one third innings; allowing three runs (one earned) on three hits. He walked two batters and struck out three Hurricane batters. The Panthers had ten assists led by Caleb Green with five.

Alex McKay was struck in the face by a pitched ball. His nose is broken and he will be out for a while. I spoke with his mother this morning and they are not yet sure if surgery will be required. Please keep Alex and his family in your prayers.

 

Panther Baseball Falls to Richard Winn Eagles

Panthers – 2 Richard Winn – 15

The Panthers lost their third game in a row, falling to the Richard Winn Eagles on Tuesday night at Bray Park. The Panthers took the lead in the bottom of the first inning when McKinley Proctor singled and then scored when Caleb Green reached on an error by the Eagle third baseman.

The Eagles tied the game up in the top of the second on an error and two straight singles. The Panthers retook the lead in the bottom of the frame when Alex McKay walked, advanced to third on a hit by Jonathan Sarazen and then scored on an error by the Eagle catcher.

The Eagles tied the game back up in the top of the third and then the wheels fell off for the Panthers. The Eagles scored five runs in the fifth inning and eight runs in the seventh.

The Eagles outhit the Panthers 11-3 as the Panthers were facing the Eagles ace who is undefeated in conference play.

Game Notes: The Panthers had three hits: McKinley had one and Jonathan had two. The Panthers fall to 9-6 with the loss. Samuel Leslie took the pitching loss, evening his record at 1-1. The Panthers had six assists in the game led by Avery Blevins with three and Samuel Leslie with two. The Panthers take to the Diamond again on Saturday against the Greenville Hurricanes.

 

Panther Baseball Falls in Double Header to Carolina Royals

Panthers – 3      Carolina Royals – 5

Panthers – 0      Carolina Royals – 9

The Panthers dropped a double header to the Carolina Royals in Fort Mill on Saturday. The first game was a close one throughout. The Royals scored two runs in the third and three in the fourth to put themselves in control of the game. The Panthers clawed back by scoring two in the fifth. Micaiah Hinkle singled and scored on a double by Alex McKay (Alex took third on the throw home). Alex scored when Samuel Leslie was hit by a pitch and got into a run down between first and second.

The Panthers scored their last run when McKinley Proctor singled and scored on a single by David Hucks.

The Panthers had five hits in the loss. McKinley had two singles and scored one run. Others with hits were David Hucks, Micaiah Hinkle and Alex McKay.

Micah West (2-2) took the loss pitching five innings. Micah allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits. Samuel Leslie pitched a scoreless seventh inning.

The Royals easily handled the Panthers in the second game to sweep the double header. The Royals outhit the Panthers 10-3 in winning the game 9-0. McKinley, David and Jonathan Sarazen had the only hits for PAC.

Dan Beam (3-1) took the loss. He pitched three and two thirds innings allowing nine earned runs. He gave up ten hits and struck out two. Connor Shealy pitched the final third of an inning not allowing any runs or base runners.

Game Notes: Game (1) The Panthers had nine productive at bats falling short of their goal by two. The Panthers had six assists led by Caleb with four. The loss dropped the Panthers record to 9-4. Game (2) The Panthers had eight productive at bats. The Panthers had five assists and were led by Avery Blevins and Caleb who both had two. The Panthers are now 9-5 on the season.

 

PAC Baseball Beats Heathwood Highlanders in Extra Innings

The Panthers prevailed 11-10 in exciting fashion against the Heathwood Highlanders on Friday night at Bray Park. The game was tied after seven innings before moving into extra innings where the Panthers were victorious due to a walk off home run.

Both team were scoreless in the first inning. The Panthers opened the scoring in the bottom of the second inning by plating two runs. Connor Shealy was hit by a pitch with one out and then Micaiah Hinkle drew a walk. Connor was thrown stealing third base. Drew McKay singled and Samuel Leslie was hit to load the bases for Avery. Avery singled to knock in both Micaiah and Drew.

The Highlanders took the lead in the top of the third inning by plating three runs when Mac Hardy slammed a home run to left field with two runners aboard. The Panthers responded in kind by scoring three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. Micaiah hit into a fielder’s choice driving in Caleb Green and then Drew McKay doubled to score Connor and Micaiah. The Panthers led 5-3 after three innings.

The Highlanders scored four in the top of the fourth to take a two run lead. Wade Allen and Thomas Haerts both had two run doubles. The Panthers tied the game back up in the bottom of the frame when McKinley Proctor singled and scored on Micah West’s double. Micah scored on a single by David Hucks.

The Panthers regained the lead in the fifth inning when the Highlanders were scoreless and the Panthers had two runs cross the plate. Samuel and McKinley both drew walks and then scored on a double to left field by Caleb.

The Highlanders crawled to within one run in the top of the sixth, scoring that run on a wild pitch. The Panthers were not able to score so after six the Panthers led 8-7. Heathwood took the lead in the top of the seventh by scoring two runs with both scoring on a single by Wade Allen. The Panthers now trailed by one run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Micah West walked and advanced to third on a single by Caleb. Micah scored on a sacrifice fly by Connor Shealy. The Highlanders got out of the inning without any further damage being done so the game was tied 10-10 and headed into extra innings.

The Highlanders got one runner on in the top of the 8th inning but they were only able to advance that runner as far as second. The Panthers came up to bat with the game still tied. Avery came to bat with one out in the inning. He slammed a ball to deep centerfield and the race was on. The Heathwood centerfielder raced after the ball which had come to rest against the fence while Avery was sprinting around the bases. The centerfielder grabbed the ball and begin the relay to get it back into the infield. Avery passed third and headed for home while the ball finished its journey. In a very close play, Avery slid into home just ahead of the throw for a walk off home run to give the Panthers the victory.

The Panthers had thirteen hits in the victory. Avery had three of the hits and two RB’s. Caleb Green also had three hits with two singles and a double. He knocked in two runs. Connor Shealy had two singles and one RBI while Drew McKay had a single and a double and two RBI’s. Others with hits include Micah West (ground rule double), McKinley Proctor and David Hucks.

David Hucks was the starting pitcher for PAC. He pitched two and two thirds innings allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits. He struck out one batter and walked four. He was replaced by Micah West who pitched two and one third innings allowing four earned runs on two hits. He struck out four and walked one. Dan Beam pitched two innings allowing three runs none of which were earned. He struck out two and gave up two hits. Samuel Leslie pitched the 8th inning only allowing one hit. Sam was the pitcher of record when Avery hit his homerun so Samuel (1-0) gets the pitching victory.

Game Notes: The Panthers had thirty productive at bats in the game (moving into second place for most productive at bats in a single game). Avery, Micah West, Caleb and Connor all had four. The Panther had eight assists and were led by Samuel Leslie who had five (this tied Samuel for the second most assists in a game). The Panther record is now 9-3.

 

Panthers Cage Newberry Eagles on Baseball Diamond

The Panthers rebounded from their lopsided loss to the Hammond Skyhawks by besting the Eagles from Newberry Academy 9-3. The Panthers scored on in the first inning when McKinley Proctor singled, advanced to third on a walk and a passed ball, and scored on a ground out by David Hucks.

The Panthers padded their lead in the second by scoring three runs. Connor Shealy and Drew McKay drew walks to open the inning. With one out, Alex McKay walked to load the bases. Connor then scored when Jonathan Sarazen worked the pitcher for the fourth walk of the inning. Avery Blevins came up with the bases still loaded and grounded out to second scoring Drew. Alex McKay later scored the last run of the inning when the Eagles had Jonathan in a run down around second base.

The Eagles got one back in the bottom of the fifth on the strength of two singles and a walk. The Panthers answered right away by plating two more in the top of the sixth. Jonathan Sarazen was hit by a pitch. He stole second base and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Avery drove in his second run of the game when he lofted a fly ball to right field which was deep enough to allow Jonathan to tag up and score. McKinley then got his second hit of the game and stole second base. He scored on a long double to right field by Caleb Green.

The seventh inning saw the Panthers score three runs in the top of the inning and the Eagles attempt to claw back into the game but they could only score two runs. In the top of the seventh, Zach Thurber was hit on a pitch and scored on a single by Jonathan. Jonathan scored on a single by Avery and Avery scored on a sacrifice fly by David Hucks.

David Hucks was awarded the pitching victory for PAC evening his record at 2-2. He struck out one and did not allow any hits or runs over two innings. Samuel Leslie came on to pitch the next two innings. He also struck out one while not allowing any hits or runs. Zach Thurber pitched the fifth inning allowing one run on two hits. Connor pitched the sixth inning striking out one while not allowing any hits or runs. Caleb pitched the final two innings allowing two runs (one earned) on no hits. One error helped the Eagles score those runs.

Game Notes: Micah West missed the game due to a medical condition. He will also miss this weekend’s games against Savannah but should return next week against Heathwood Hall. Samuel Leslie was hit on the elbow by a pitch and had to be removed from the game. He will also miss the Savannah games but should return against Heathwood. The Panthers had six hits with McKinley knocking two singles. Others with hits include Avery, Caleb (double), David and Jonathan. The Panthers had 24 productive at bats in the game. The Panthers record improved to 8-3 with the victory.

 

Panther Baseball Falls to Hammond Skyhawks

Not too much to write about for this game. The Panthers surrendered seven runs in the top of the first inning and never got back into the game. They only had one hit (Caleb Green – a single) and never really threatened to score. The Panthers had eleven assists but committed seven errors to help the Skyhawks along to their victory.

Micah West (2-1) was the starting pitcher and deserved better than he got. He only allowed two hits and one earned run but the team gave up six unearned runs behind him. Micah pitched three innings before giving way to David Hucks for the final two innings. David also allowed two hits, giving up six runs only two of which were earned. The Panthers fell to 7-3.

 

Panther Baseball Bests Eagles from Richard Winn

The Panthers rebounded from a loss to one set of Eagles (Upstate) to defeat another set of Eagles (Richard Winn) on Monday by a score of 3-2. The Panthers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning. David Hucks reached on an error by the Eagle second baseman. He advanced to second on a single by Connor Shealy and scored when Dan Beam slapped a fastball to centerfield. The Panthers added to their lead in the top of the third inning when Avery Blevins led off with a single and then stole second base. He advanced to third on a ground out by McKinley Proctor and scored on a sacrifice fly to centerfield by Micah West.

The Eagles took off and tied the game back up in the bottom of the fourth inning. Two singles and a double produced those runs. The Panthers retook in the lead in the top of the fifth inning, a lead they would hold on to until the end of the game. Avery, once again, led off with a single, and once again, he stole second base. He then scored on an infield single by Micah West.

The Eagles had three more chances to tie the game back up, but Panther pitching and defense kept them off the board. Dan Beam (3-0) was the starting pitcher for PAC pitching five innings. He allowed two earned runs on five hits and one walk in earning the victory. He struck out five and hit one batter. Micah West pitched the final two innings for the Panthers, not allowing any runs. He allowed one hit and struck out two Eagle hitters.

Game Notes: The Panthers had seven hits in their victory. Avery and Connor Shealy both had two singles. Others with hits include Micah, David Hucks (double) and Dan Beam. Avery scored two runs with Micah West driving him in both times. The Panthers had eleven productive at bats during the game. They had six assists and only made one error. Micah earned a save for his pitching efforts. The Panthers improve to 7-2 on the season.