Panthers Baseball Wins One, Loses One

On Tuesday night, the JV baseball team beat Cardinal Newman 8-6 in an exciting game at the Polo Road baseball complex.  The Cardinals eked out a run against the Panthers in the third inning to take the lead 1-0.  The Panthers answered in the top of the fourth when Anderson Blevins knocked in Trevor Dacus who had reached on a single.  The two teams displayed solid pitching and defense in the fourth inning but the game got really interesting in the 5th and 6th innings.  In the top of the fifth, the Panthers got the bases loaded on two singles and a walk.  Then with two outs in the inning, Trevor Dacus hit a bases clearing triple down the right field line.  The Cardinals bounced right back by taking the lead in the bottom of the frame when they plated four runs taking advantage of two hits, five walks and an error.  The Cardinals left the bases loaded when the Panthers induced a strikeout and then a groundout to end the inning.  The Panthers came up to the plate in the top of the sixth inning trailing by two.  Anderson led off with a single.  Cole Owens fought for a walk in an epic twelve pitch at bat.  Anderosn scored on a wild pitch and then Jacob Cain then hit a single scoring another run.  Jacob scored on a triple by James Reed.  Pat Brunson finished off the scoring by hitting an RBI groundout.  The Panthers then set the Cardinals down in order to end the game which ended one inning early due to time limitations.  The JV team is now 13-4-1.

The Varsity club lost the nightcap against Cardinal Newman by a score of 6-5.  The Panthers jumped out to an early lead scoring two runs in the first inning due to two errors by the Cardinal’s centerfielder.  They added a single run in the second when Thomas Castles scored on a double by Jake Brunson.  They added another single run in the third inning when Alex Blevins scored on a sacrifice fly by Joseph Sightler.  The Cardinals came up to bat in the bottom of the third inning trailing 4-0 but this is where the wheels began to fall off for the Panthers.  The Cardinals plated three runs on three walks, one hit batsman, an error and a fielder’s choice.  The Cardinals scored two more runs in the fifth to take the lead 5-4 on two hits, two walks and a hit batsman.  After a quiet sixth innings by both teams, the Panthers came into the top of the seventh needing one run to tie the game.  They plated that run when Jonathan LIva hit a single with two outs to score Josh Hanna who had reached base after being hit by a pitch.  The Panthers gave up one run in the bottom of the seventh to lose the game.  For the game, Panther pitchers who normally are very reliable throwing strikes gave up eight walks.  Where is Ebenezer Scrooge when I need him? I believe the saying is that strike zone was “tight as a drum” for the Panther pitchers all night.  That and some mistakes in the field and in base running doomed the Panthers in this game.  For the game, Alex Blevins had two hits and Joseph Sightler had two RBI’s..  The Panthers will try to bounce back next Monday night against Orangeburg Prep at Bray Park.  The Varsity team is now 9-10 on the season.

JV Baseball Beats Swansea High; Varsity Game Rained Out

In a rain shortened game, the Panther JV got revenge for a loss earlier in the season beating the JV Tigers from Swansea 5-3.  The Panthers jumped ahead in the 3rd inning, plating two runs on three hits and a walk.  The Tigers took the lead in the fifth inning by scoring three runs on one hit, two walks and one Panther error.  The Panthers scored two in the bottom of the fifth inning to retake the lead.  During that inning the Panthers had one walk, one hit and the Tigers right fielder made a critical error on a fly ball.  After holding the Tigers scoreless in the top of the sixth inning, the Panthers came back up to bat.  JC Ellis got on by error and Trevor Dacus laid down a beautiful sacrifice bunt that allowed him to reach first base safely.  After a fly out, Anderson Blevins laid down, or should I say popped up, a squeeze bunt that went over the pitchers head allowing JC to score from third and Anderson to reach first base safely.  At that point, the heavens opened up forcing the umpires to call the game.  Clay Dickinson and Anderson Blevins both had two hits for the game.  JC Ellis pitched all six innings for the Panthers. He allowed two earned runs on three hits and four walks.  He struck out one on the day.  The JV team is now 12-4-1.

The varsity game against Swansea was rained out.

Varsity Baseball Sweeps Low Country Wildcats in Double Header

The Varsity team played a double header against the Low Country Wildcats this past Saturday at Bray Park.  In the first game, the Panthers prevailed 10-4 with the help of a complete game on the mound by Joseph Sightler.   After giving up four runs in the first inning on two hits, two walks and two errors by Panther fielders, Joseph settled down and pitched a shutout over the remaining six innings.  For the game, Joseph gave up four hits, struck out five and walked two.  The Panthers clawed their way back into the game by plating three runs themselves in the bottom of the first.  Over the balance of the game the Panthers slowly pulled away.  Panther batters were led by Danny Morales who had two singles, one triple and knocked in three RBI’s.  Alex Blevins had a single and a double.  Joseph helped himself at the plate by knocking two singles and had two RBI’s.  Josh Hanna had three RBI’s.  Jacob Brunson had a double.  The Panther varsity team is now 8-9 on the season.

In the second game of the double header, the Panthers coasted to a 17-6 victory.  Again, the Panthers fell behind in the first inning allowing three Wildcat runs.  Again, the Panthers responded in the bottom of the first inning tying the game with three runs.  The Panthers went on to score in every inning, exploding in the third for six runs and adding another five runs in the fourth inning.  Panther hitters pounded out fourteen hits.  Alex Blevins led the way with three singles.  Logan Dickinson, Josh Hanna, Danny Morales and Joseph Sightler all had two hits.  Danny’s hits included a double and Josh’s included a triple.  Sean West hit a soaring double to left center field and James Reed added a triple.  Josh, Danny and Jonathan Liva all had three RBI’s.  Alex Blevins and James Reed both had two.  Three Panther hurlers toed the rubber against the Wildcats.  Jonathan Liva started the game going two innings, giving up three earned runs on four hits.  Josh Hanna pitched two innings as well giving up no earned runs and no hits.  Alex Blevins pitched the final inning giving up no earned runs and no hits.  The Panthers have clawed their way back to an even record at 9-9.

Baseball Sweeps Augusta Crusaders

The JV team breezed to an 11-3 victory against the Augusta Crusaders (another home school team) on Friday night.  Trevor Dacus pitched six strong innings against the Crusaders.  He gave up one earned run and four hits.  He also struck out seven and walked three.  Pat Brunson pitched the final inning giving up one earned run.  The Crusaders had one hit and one walk against Pat.  The Panthers pounded the Crusaders pitching for fourteen hits.  They were led by Anderson Blevins and Pat Brunson who both had three hits.  Pat’s hits included a double and a triple.  Cal Hucks and Drew Hankins both had two hits with both hitting a single and a double.  James Reed hit a triple and Parker Pocock got his first hit of the year. The JV team is now 11-4-1.

The Varsity team won a well played game 4-2 against the Augusta Crusaders.  Thomas Castles pitched a very good game for the Panthers.  He pitched seven innings during which he gave up no earned runs and only two hits.  He struck out three.  Panther hitters pounded out seven hits led by Alex Blevins who had two hits including a triple.  Alex, Danny Morales and Joseph Sightler all had one RBI on the night.  It was a one run game heading into the bottom of the sixth.  With two outs Jacob Brunson tripled to deep right field and scored on a wild pitch giving the Panthers a little breathing room in the last inning.  The Panthers are now 7-9 on the season.

Baseball Splits Against Ben Lippen

The JV team beat Ben Lippen 6-3 on Tuesday night.  JC Ellis earned the win, pitching five and one third innings.  He gave up six hits and three earned runs.  JC struck out six and walked one.  Caleb Wilson earned a save on the mound pitching the final one and two thirds innings.  He gave up one earned runs, one hit and struck out two.  The Panthers scored six runs on four hits taking advantage of six hits and one error.  The JV team was led at the plate by Jacob Cain, Clay Dickinson, James Reed and Pat Brunson who all had one hit.  Clay and James both hit doubles.  The JV team is now 10-4-1.

The Varsity team lost to Ben Lippen 3-2 in a game that was close all the way throughout.  Logan Dickinson pitched a complete game for the Panthers.  He gave up three earned runs, seven hits while striking out two.  The Panther batters were led by Jonathan Liva who had three hits which included one double.  The varsity is now 6-9 on the season.

Baseball Loses Two Against Hammond

The JV team lost 6-1 against the Skyhawks from Hammond on Monday night.  Jacob Cain pitched six solid innings giving up two earned runs but still took the loss.  He struck out seven while allowing six hits.  The Panthers were undone in the first when they got runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out and could not push a run across. In the bottom of the frame, the Skyhawks scored four runs taking advantage of two hits, an error, a hit batsman, a walk and a wild pitch.  The Panthers could only muster two hits on the night as the Skyhawks hurler kept them off balance all night with a good curve ball.  Anderson Blevins and Jacob Cain both had a single.  Cal Hucks got an RBI when he grounded out driving in Pat Brunson from third who had reached base on a walk.  The JV team is now 9-4-1.

The Varsity lost 10-in the nightcap.  Joseph Sightler pitched four innings giving up six hits.  The defense made five errors behind him accounting for the other Skyhawk runs.  Offensively, Jonathan Liva provided the only hit for the night.  The Varsity team is now 6-8.


Baseball Splits with Augusta Christian

The JV team won another game beating Augusta Christian 3-0 behind a superlative pitching effort from Trevor Dacus.  Trevor pitched a seven inning shutout.  He gave up eight hits, struck out five and walked two.  The Panthers played stellar defense behind Dacus with Clay Dickinson, Caleb Wilson and Anderson Blevins all having multiple assists.  The Panthers were led at the plate by Cole Owens who had three hits.  Anderson Blevins and Clay Dickinson both had two hits.  Clay, Cal Hucks and Daniel Barfield all had one RBI.  The JV team is now 9-3-1.

The Varsity team lost a heartbreaker 8-7 in extra innings on a two run homer by the Lions in the bottom of the eighth inning.  After scoring three runs in the second inning, the Panthers fell behind after the Lions plated five in the bottom of the frame. One of the Lions hits was a two run homer by Matt Herzwurm.  The Lions added a single run in the fourth.  The Panthers responded by scoring two in the fifth on a two run homer by Danny Morales.  After a scoreless sixth inning, the Panthers scored one run in the seventh to tie the game.  Alex Blevins led off with a single and went from 1st to 3rd on a sacrifice bunt by Josh Hanna.  Danny Morales hit a shallow fly ball that was caught in right field, but the right fielder made an errant throw allowing Alex to score from 3rd.  After holding the Lions scoreless in the bottom of the seventh, the game entered extra innings.  The Panthers plated one run in the top of the inning taking advantage of an error by the Lions second baseman.  The Lions leadoff hitter hit a single to start the bottom of the seventh when Matt Herzwurm gave up again.  He hit a walk off two run home run to end the game.  For the day the Danny Morales and Joseph Sightler both had two hits with Danny’s hits including the aforementioned homerun and a double. Danny had three RBI’s on the day.  Three Panther hurlers toed the rubber against the Lions.  They were Logan Dickinson (five earned runs, seven hits and one strikeout), Joseph Sightler (one earned run, four hits and one strikeout) and Thomas Castles (two earned runs and five hits).  The Varsity team is now 6-7.

Baseball Splits with Augusta Crusaders

The JV baseball team won a high scoring game 9-7 against the Augusta Crusaders, another homeschool team.  JC Ellis pitched four innings to get the win with Caleb Wilson pitched the final three innings earning a save.  JC gave up fifteen hits and six earned runs.  He struck out one and walked two.  Caleb gave up no earned runs, two hits and got one strikeout.  The Panthers had a season high eighteen hits and eight RBI’s.  The Panthers had seven players with multiple hits.  They were James Reed and Cole Owens with three hits and Anderson Blevins, Caleb Wilson, Clay Dickinson, Cal Hucks and Daniel Barfield who all had two hits.  James Reed’s hits included a triple and Jacob Cain had a double.  The JV team is now 8-3-1.

The Varsity team lost 8-3 in the second game.  For the day, three Panther pitchers were on the mound.  Jonathan Liva started the game and pitched two and one third innings giving up two runs (none earned), walking five and giving up one hit.  Josh Hanna followed on the mound.  Josh took the loss giving up two earned runs in one and two thirds innings.  Alex Blevins pitched the final two innings giving up four runs (three earned).  Jonathan Liva led the Panthers at the plate with two hits.  Alex Goodwin slapped a double down the right field line.  The Varsity team is now 6-6.

Baseball Team Pictures Online

2012 JV and Varsity Pics are up on Baseball Home Page!

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3/21 PAC Golf Match on March 22, 2012

JV match this week at Rawls Creek off of Lake Murray Blvd. vs. IRMO Thursday March 22nd.