Panther Baseball Sweeps Ben Lippen

The Panthers swept Ben Lippen on Wednesday night, winning the JV game 10-0 and the varsity game 10-5.  In the junior varsity tilt, the Panthers dominated in all phases of the game.  Trevor Dacus was stellar on the mound going six innings against the Falcons.  He struck out five batters, allowed four hits and walked two.  Caleb Wilson pitched the final inning giving up one hit and walking two.  All game long, the two pitchers benefited from some great defense behind them.  In the bottom of the first inning, the lead off Falcon batter walked and the second hitter lined a single for runners at 1st and 3rd with no outs.  The third batter for the Falcons, lifted a fly ball to medium left field.  Jacob Cain caught the ball (one out) and made a beautiful one hop throw to the Panther catcher James Reed who tagged the advancing runner out (two outs).  After making the tag, James Reed noticed the runner on first had made a late break for second and lasered a throw down to Cole Plyler who easily applied the tag for an unusual triple play (the second in Panthers history).  In the second inning, Anderson Blevins, from his shortstop position made a leaping, over the shoulder catch on a shallow fly ball in left field.  For the game, the Panther pitchers induced six fly ball outs and four assisted putouts.  On offense, hits were sprinkled up and down the Panthers lineup.  James Reed had four singles and one rbi.  Cole Plyler, Anderson Blevins, Cal Hucks, JC Ellis all had two hits with Ellis collecting a triple.  Cole Owens had a double in the third inning.  For the game, Panther hitters collected fifteen hits.  The JV team is now 17-5-1.

In the second game of the night, the Panthers varsity squad completed the sweep of the Falcons by a score of 10-5 for their first ever victory against the tough Falcon varsity club.  Logan Dickinson pitched a complete game, going seven innings.  He spread out ten hits, struck out three and walked two.  This was an exciting, tight  game that the Panthers eventually put away by scoring four runs in the seventh inning.  After a very quiet top of the first inning, the Falcons came to bat and promptly took the lead 1-0 when Joey Barret reached on a single and scored on a single by Cox.  Matthew Lord, of the Panthers, helped mitigate the damage in the inning when he made a running catch of a screaming line drive down the right field line.  The Panthers got a runner to third in the top of the second inning but could not score as the inning ended on a strikeout.  The Falcons plated two more runs in the second inning on two hits and a hit batsman taking a 3-0 lead.  The Panthers finally broke through in the third inning, plating one run when Matthew Lord scored from first when the Falcon left fielder misplayed a single by Thomas Castles and let the ball go all the way to the fence.  The Panthers gave the run right back to the Falcons when they scored one run in the bottom of the frame on an error by the Panthers second baseman.  Again, stellar defense helped mitigate the damage when Jake Brunson made a diving catch on a sinking line drive into left field.  The Panthers went quietly in the fourth inning but the bottom of the frame saw the momentum swing to the Panther’s side.  The Falcons loaded the bases on three straight singles.  The fourth batter of the inning, Joey Barret hit a line drive right down the first base side which was speared by the Panther first baseman, Joseph Sightler, who then tagged first base for a double play.  The Falcons still had runners on second and third but now with two outs and the next batter grounded out to Josh Hanna at third.  The Panthers took that defensive momentum and translated it into their offense.  The Panthers took the lead in the top of the fifth inning by scoring four runs.  Two walks and a hits batsman loaded the bases with no outs.  Danny Morales hit a single scoring the first run of the inning.  Logan Dickinson then grounded out, scoring another run and leaving runners on second and third.  Joseph Sightler hit a single plating another run.  Joseph ended up scoring the last run of the inning on a wild pitch.  The Falcons did not threaten in the bottom of the fifth.  The Panthers added to their lead when they picked up another run in the sixth when Thomas Castles, after reaching first base on an error, scored on an infield single by Logan Dickinson.  In the bottom of the inning, after one out, Falcon right fielder hit a triple to right center but was stranded there by a shallow fly ball to left field and an unassisted groundout to Joseph Sightler at first.  In the top of the seventh, the Panthers put the game away by scoring four runs, sending nine batters to the plate.  The Falcons assisted the Panthers mightily by giving up three walks, allowing one batter to reach on a dropped third strike and by making two errors.  The lone hit of the inning was by Jonathan Liva who after falling behind 0-2 count, fought back and eventually lined a line drive single by the middle scoring one run.  None of the Panther runs scored that inning were earned.  After a shaky start to the bottom of the last inning, Logan and the defense settled down and made the necessary plays including a leaping catch of a line drive by short stop Danny Morales.  Danny Morales led the team at the plate with two hits and two rbis.  Logan Dickinson helped his own cause by driving in two runs as well.  The Panthers are now 12-12 on the season.

Panther Varsity Baseball Bests Low Country Wildcats

On Monday night, the Panthers varsity squad beat the game Low Country Wildcats 7-3.  Alex Blevins started the game on the mound and gave up three runs, all earned, in four and two thirds innings.  He struck out four; walked four batters and gave up three hits.  Alex Goodwin finished the game on the mound, going two and one third innings, earning the win.  He gave up no hits, struck out two and walked two.  Blevins and Wildcat starter (Rauch) kept the game scoreless for the first three innings.  In the top of the fourth inning, the Panthers scratched out a run when Logan Dickinson scored on an rbi double by Joseph Sightler.  In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Wildcats struck back taking the lead by scoring three runs.  They loaded the bases on two singles and a walk.  The next batter hit a comebacker to Alex on the mound who threw to home for the first out of the inning.  The Panther catcher threw down to first in an effort to complete a double play but the throw sailed past Joseph at first and went into deep right field and out of play allowing two runs to score.  The third Wildcat run scored on a single by their third baseman.  Fortunately for the Panthers, the Wildcats had scored their last run.  The Panthers answered by scoring three runs in the top of the sixth.  Joseph Sightler hit a single and advanced to second on a passed ball.  Panther shortstop, Danny Morales, then hit a single scoring Joseph.  Danny took second and third on the throw home when it eluded the Wildcat catcher.  Jonathan Liva then used an unorthodox sacrifice bunt to score Danny from third.  The bunt was unusual because of its placement.  When he turned to bunt, the defense reacted.  The first baseman and pitcher rushed in to field the bunt and the second baseman ran to cover first base.  Jonathan’s bunt was a little pop fly that landed behind the pitcher’s mound, landing in a position where either the pitcher or second baseman could have caught the ball if they had not been breaking to cover the bunt.  Jonathan scored later in the inning on a passed ball.  The Panthers added three more runs in the top of the seventh.  After Sean West grounded out, Logan Dickinson reached first on an error by the Wildcat shortstop.  On perfect hit and run execution, Logan started for second and Alex Blevins pushed a slow roller through the hole that opened up when the second baseman went to cover the steal.  After Joseph walked to load the bases, Danny Morales hit a single scoring one run.  After a strike out, Alex Blevins scored when Jonathan Liva drew a bases loaded walk.  The next batter, Jake Brunson, was hit by a pitch driving in the last run of the game.  In the bottom of the seventh, the Wildcats threatened but a 6-4-3 (Morales to Blevins to Sightler) double play essentially sealed the victory for the Panthers who are now 11-12 on the season.

Panther Baseball Splits with Keenan

The JV baseball team beat Keenan’s JV team 13-0 this past Saturday.  The Panthers dominated in all phases of the game.  Two Panther hurlers combined for a five inning no hit game.  Jacob Cain pitched the first three innings allowing only one base runner who reached via a walk.  He struck out two on the day.  Drew Hankins pitched the final two innings for the Panthers striking out three.  The Panthers played solid defense behind the two pitchers accumulating seven assisted put outs.  The Panthers scored early and often in this lopsided game.  In the first inning, Anderson Blevins led off the game with a walk and eventually scored on a rbi groundout by Clay Dickinson.  In the second, James Reed got the ball rolling with a single to lead off the inning.  After a rbi groundout by Cal Hucks, consecutive hits by Trevor Dacus (single) and JC Ellis (double) plated another run.  Trevor scored on a wild pitch and Caleb Wilson finished off the scoring in the inning by scoring on a single by Jacob Cain after Caleb had doubled to right center.  The Panthers scored one run in the third inning when Reed singled and eventually scored on a rbi groundout by Trevor Dacus.  After a relatively quiet 3rd inning, the Panthers exploded again in the 4th when they plated five runs on five hits, a hit batsman and an error.  In the fifth, the Panthers added two insurance runs on three hits.  The JV squad is now 16-5-1.

The Panther varsity club lost a game that it absolutely should have won this past Saturday against Keenan High School by a score of 10-11.  After the game, the coaches tried to remind the players that the joy was in the competition and camaraderie, not necessarily in the wins and losses.  When they are no longer playing baseball and these players look back at their varsity experience they will remember the fun they had, the friends they made and the life lessons they earned and not that they lost a late lead against a team they should have beaten on a sunny day in April 2012.  Joseph Sightler started the game on the mound, giving up four runs, none of them earned.  Thomas Castles pitched two and one third innings giving up seven runs, four of them earned.  Combined the pitchers gave up nine hits, struck out four and walked only one.  They were undone by seven errors in the defense behind them.  Offensively, the Panthers were led by Josh Hanna who had three hits and one rbi.  Alex Blevins, Danny Morales and Thomas Castles all had two hits with Danny knocking in four runs.  The Panthers are now 10-12 on the season.

PAC Cross Country Runner Finishes First in Palmetto Half Marathon

PAC’s very own Daniel Barfield finished first in the Palmetto Half Marathon in the 14 years and younger division.  The event was held this past Saturday, April 14th in Columbia at Sandlhills. His time was one hour and forty-six minutes.  Daniel is very active in PAC sports having participated in cross country, basketball and baseball.  Congratulations Daniel!!!

Panthers JV Crushes Lower Richland

In what is probably the swan song for the Panther – Lower Richland series, the Panthers left on a very, very, very high note beating the Lower Richland team 20-2.  The JV team set a high water mark for runs scored in a game (and inning (14)) as the score more closely resembled a football game score than baseball.  Remind me to talk to Coach Thad about who was responsible for missing the last extra point!  JC Ellis led off for the Panthers on the mound as he hurled the first two innings.  He allowed two hits and two runs; striking out two.  Cal Hucks pitched innings three and four and allowed one hit and no runs. Anderson Blevins pitched the final inning but gave his coaches heartburn, just like he did in a game at Heathwood Hall earlier this year.  He allowed no runs but walked the bases loaded before he mercifully ended the game with a strikeout.  His final line was no hits or runs, three walks and  two strikeouts.  The Panthers pounded out sixteen hits against Lower Richland and received seven free passes as well by either earning a walk or being hit by a pitch.  Only three Panther players did not have a hit during this game.  One player only had one at bat and they were plunked by a pitch; the second player did not have an at bat; and the third player, was not at the game.  It was exciting to see players who have been patiently waiting for their opportunity on the field not only get that opportunity but to shine in their moment.  Danny Waller went two for three, scored two runs and had two rbi’s.  Parker Pocock went one for three, scored twice and knocked in one run. Drew Hankins and Daniel Barfield also went one for three and both scored two runs.  Drew Hankins also had two rbi’s.  Cal Hucks led the overall hit parade hitting three singles, scoring two runs and driving in two runs.  Other Panther players with multiple hits were Anderson Blevins and Jacob Cain.  Both of these players also had two rbi’s and Jacob’s hits included a double.  The Panther JV squad is now 15-5-1.

Panthers take Two Against Heathwood

The JV baseball team beat Heathwood 2-1 on Tuesday night.  Drew Hankins took the win in a five inning game going three and one third innings on the mound.  He allowed one earned run when a batter was hit by a pitch, advanced to third on a single and scored on a sacrifice fly.  Overall, he allowed two hits and walked three.  He tallied two strikeouts.  Caleb Wilson, who was just recalled from his brief assignment to a homeschool team in Ireland, finished the game on the mound.  He allowed nothing and told Heathwood to like it.  No runs, no hits and no walks.  He struck out one.  Offensively, the Panthers did not display their usual flash but did enough to squeak out the win.  They had three hits on the night.  Those hits were knocked by Jacob Cain, James Reed and Trevor Dacus (who is suddenly on fire at the plate).  The two runs scored on an unusual play to say the least.  James Reed reached base via a walk.  Cole Owens struck out on a nasty curveball but the ball was in the dirt forcing Heathwood to attempt to throw him out at first.  The Heathwood catcher hit Cole with his throw.  James tried to advance to third on the play and the Highlander first baseman attempted to throw him out but made a poor throw and it went down the right field line.  No Highlander players were anywhere near the ball, so James scored easily from 3rd and Cole was able to score all the way from first so basically Cole hit a “homerun” on a strikeout with an error thrown in.  The JV team is now 14-5-1.

The varsity team beat a hamstrung Heathwood team 9-0 in a five inning game on Tuesday night.  The Highlanders were reeling from the suspension of several varsity players and put together a makeshift lineup to go against the Panthers.  In a sign of goodwill, the Panthers agreed to play the Highlanders shorthanded holding three senior players out of the lineup for the night.  The Highlanders still managed only one hit on the night as Thomas Castles and Alex Blevins overwhelmed their depleted opponents.  Thomas Castles pitched the first three innings giving up one hit and no runs.  He struck out two and walked two.  Alex Blevins pitched the final two innings, not allowing any hits while striking our four.  Offensively, the Panthers were slow to take advantage of the situation. They scored one run in the first on a sacrifice bunt by Josh Hanna, scoring Thomas Castles who had reached on a walk.  After a silent second inning, the Panthers added two runs in the third.  Alex Blevins singled to begin the inning.  He advanced to second on a single by Josh Hana and both advanced to third and second respectively on an error by the left fielder.  Joseph Sightler then hit a hot shot to second that the second baseman misplayed allowing both Alex and Josh to score.  The Panthers put the game away by scoring six runs in the fourth inning. Matthew Lord started the fourth inning with a walk.  After two consecutive strikeouts, Alex Blevins started a two out rally.  He singled scoring Matthew from second base.  Josh Hanna singled again advancing Alex to third and Josh took second when the right fielder misplayed Josh’s hit.  Alex scored on a wild pitch and Josh scored on a single by Joseph Sightler.  Jake Brunson and Reese Hankins kept the hit parade going by collecting singles.  Joseph and Jake both eventually scored.  Alex Goodwin then came up and reached on an error scoring Reese on the play.  For the game, Alex and Josh both had two hits.  Reese had a single in his return from injured reserve and Daniel Reed contributed a solid single up the middle.  Four different batters had an RBI (Blevins, Hanna, Sightler and Hankins).  The Panthers are now 10-11 on the season.

Baseball Loses Twin Bill Against Orangeburg Prep

This is a story of the good, the bad and the ugly.  First for the good and bad.  The Panther JV team spotted the Indians to a two run lead in the second inning by putting three hits together with the big blow being a two run double by the pitcher Hunter Anderson.  Here is where the good starts as the Panthers score four runs over the next two innings.  The Panthers got going in the bottom of the second frame by answering with two runs of their own.  James Reed reached on a walk, advanced to second on a passed ball and advanced to third when Pat Brunson reached on an error.  James scored on a wild pitch and Pat Brunson was driven in by Cal Hucks who hit a sharp single up the middle.  After holding the Indians scoreless in the top of the third, the Panthers scored two more runs in the bottom of the third to take the lead.  Anderson Blevins reached on a walk and was advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Cole Owens who ended up reaching safely.  Anderson reached third on passed ball and ended up scoring on another passed ball.  Cole was advanced to third by Jacob Cain and scored on a sacrifice fly by Clay Dickinson.  Now for the bad.  The Indians had been hitting the ball hard all game but now their hits started finding holes in the Panther defense.  The visitors scored three runs in the fourth inning to retake the lead taking advantage of a two out triple by first baseman Ryan Davis.  The visitors scored three more in the sixth with three hits and an error by the Panther defense.  The Panthers did manage to score one more run in the seventh inning plating Cole Owens who had reached on a fielder’s choice.  The final score for the game was 8-5 bad guys.  Overall, the Indians outplayed the Panthers outslugging the home team by twelve hits to three.  Trevor Dacus toed the mound for the Panthers against the good hitting Orangeburg Prep team.  He game up eleven hits and three walks in taking the loss. Only four of the eight runs he surrendered were earned.  Clay Dickinson pitched the seventh inning giving up one hit and no runs.  The JV team is now 13-5-1.

Now for the UGLY.  The Panther varsity team lost to Orangeburg Prep 16-2.  The Indians scalped the Panthers by pounding out sixteen hits including two home runs by shortstop Sean Odem.  The Panthers tried to circle the wagons after giving up three runs in the first but to no avail.  The Indians kept firing scoring four runs in the second inning, seven runs in the third and adding two more runs in the fifth inning after a scoreless fourth inning.  On the night only two Panther players had hits.  Josh Hanna and Thomas Castles both collected singles.  The Panthers scored two runs in the third innings plating both Josh Hanna and Sean West.  The Panthers send four different pitchers to the mound, but the Indians treated all but one rather rudely.  All in all, I think we know now how Custer felt at a battle called Little Big Horn.  The varsity team is now 9-11.

April FCA meeting

Fellowship of Christian Athletes Meeting

When: April 13th

Time: 2-4

Where: Westside Baptist Church

2100 Platts Springs Rd, West Columbia, SC 29169


All are welcome to come and join in the fellowship!

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.