May 04 2015

PAC Yearbook and Senior Information

PAC Yearbooks can still be ordered this week only for $40,

Please contact Caleb Reed at calebreed93@outlook.com to discuss payment or send to:

PAC

c/oMichael Reed

PO Box 12354

Columbia, SC 29211

 

ALL SENIORS please see below and fill out the questionnaire so you can be featured in the 2015 PAC Yearbook

Greetings PAC senior athletes! This is a request for some last-year-of-high-school information (laid out in detail below). The info is for the senior section of ‘The Panther’ our annual PAC yearbook. All seniors will be recognized in the book, and we want to make sure each one is featured properly. So here is what we need from you: 1. Your full name: First, Middle, & Last 2. An up-to-date family portrait. Ideally, the most current portrait you have for this year.

  1. Your senior photo (this will be taken care of by the yearbook staff when the pictures are scheduled and taken for your team this season)

 

  1. A unique baby photo of the senior. 5. Please complete this questionnaire, writing your answers in a new line underneath each question : -What is your favorite PAC memory? -What is the best motivational advice that you could give somebody? -Who would you like to thank? (It can be family, friends, coaches, teachers, etc.) -Who is your favorite founding father? -What talent/skill do you have that your PAC friends don’t know about? i.e playing the piano, insanely cool skateboarding, writing or acting skills, etc. -What are your goals for the future? What change for good would you like to make in the world? -What is your favorite Bible Verse? -What is the most personally meaningful quote that you’ve read/heard?

 

When you send in your info to the year book please write ‘PAC Senior’s Info’ as the subject title, and email your photos and this word doc with answers to calebreed93@outlook.com.

 

May 04 2015

PAC Golf Team Raps up the Season 11wins -3 Losses

2015 PAC Golf team has completed its season with a record of 11 Wins and 3 Losses.

Several team records were recorded this season:

1. PAC record team score for 9 holes, Match, 163

2. PAC record team score for 9 holes, Tournament, 157

3.PAC record team score for 18 holes, Tournament 315

4.PAC record team score for 36 holes, Tournament 642

5.Best team finish in a 20 team field, 3rd at the Palmetto in Myrtle Beach.

Individual records recorded this season:

1. Will Eckstein low individual 9 hole match score, 34

2. Will Eckstein low individual 36 hole tournament score, 153.

Team match summary:

1. PAC 167, Airport 183, Brokland Cayce 183    PAC wins 2

2. PAC 180, Ben Lippen188; PAC wins

3. PAC 171, Heathwood Hall 172, Wilson Hall 147; PAC 1 win 1 loss.

4. PAC 171, Brokland Cayce 179, Heathwood Hall 175; PAC wins 2

5. PAC 170, Dutch Fork 162; PAC loss

6. PAC 163, Airport 170, Brokland Cayce 174; PAC wins two

7. PAC 187, River Bluff 167; PAC Loss

8. PAC 12, Aiport 1; PAC wins Match Play.

Team Tournament Summary:

1. Goldenbear Hilton Head PAC 749 26th Place

2. Battle of the Dam; PAC 725 15th Place

3. The Palmetto Myrtle Beach; PAC 642 3rd Place (Will Tie 6th, and Cooper Tie 8th)

Individual 9 hole Scoring average:

1. Will Eckstein 39.1

2. Cooper Snow 41.3

3. Logan Reese 44.0

4. Phoebe Carles 46.7

5. Carlton Snow 47.6

6. Tyler Reese 49.4

7. Junah Winters 53.4

9. Taylor Diveley 53.7

8. Caleb Roberts 54.5

9. Kenton Black 58.6

10. Noah Dively 62.8

11. Mason Tomlinson 62.6

12. Josh Diveley 66

 

 

 

 

May 04 2015

Panther Baseball Wins State Championship

Panthers (Varsity) – 8                    Anderson Cavaliers – 5

The Panthers won their first state championship Friday night besting the Anderson Cavaliers on their home field by a score of 8-5.  The Panthers had reached the championship game after beating the Low Country Wildcats and the Cavaliers had advanced by beating the Easley Guardians.  The game started quietly with neither team scoring nor really threatening over the first two innings.  The Panthers took the lead in the top of the third inning when they scratched for three runs.  Cole Plyler drew a walk with one out.  Eli Williams singled advancing Cole to third (Eli advance to second when the Cavalier center fielder bobbled his hit).  Anderson Blevins laid down a beautiful suicide squeeze bunt to score Cole from third for the first run of the game and advance Eli to third.  Pat Brunson reached on an error by the Cavalier third baseman which allowed Eli to score and Pat to advance to second.  James Reed then doubled to deep left center field scoring Pat from second.  Neither team scored in the fourth inning although both teams threatened; both teams leaving the bases loaded.  The Cavaliers escaped by pulling a 1-2-3 (pitcher-catcher-first baseman) double play on a grounder back to the pitcher by Eli Williams.  The Panthers escaped on a groundout to Cole at second base.  The Panthers clawed for another run in the top of the fifth inning.  Pat walked and advanced to second on a James Reed’s second hit of the game.  A single by Carson Floyd scored Pat from second and gave the Panthers a 4-0 lead.  The Cavaliers plated their first two runs of the game in the bottom of the fifth.  Two singles and a walk loaded the bases with no outs.  The fourth batter hit a grounder up the middle that Anderson fielded and stepped on second for one out.  As he stepped on second, he jumped in the air to avoid a hard charging Cavalier and attempted to throw to first to complete the double play but the throw got away from him and went to the first base side fence.  John Edens, the Panther first baseman, retrieved the ball and, in a heads up play, tagged the Cavalier batter who had crossed first and made a slight move towards second base.  The umpire called the batter out amid howls of protest from the Cavalier bench and fans.  The Cavalier coaches argued the call but after both umpires huddled to discuss the situation, the call stood.  On the play, the Cavalier on third scored easily and the Cavalier on second scored when Anderson’s throw went to the fence.  The Cavaliers scored two runs on the play; however, now the bases were clear of Cavalier runners effectively ending their scoring threat.  After five innings the score was 4-2 Panthers.  The Panthers did not score in the top of the sixth and the Cavaliers took advantage by scoring three runs to take a late lead.  The inning started innocently enough for the Panthers with two strikeouts sandwiched around a walk.  The next batter hit a grounder to third which should have ended the inning but the Panthers made a bad throw and one run scored.  The next batter hit a grounder to second which should have ended the inning but the Panthers misplayed the ball and the Cavaliers were in business with runners on second and third and the top of their line-up coming up to bat.  Their leadoff hitter stroked a single to center field scoring their second run of the inning and putting runners on first and third.  At this point, the starting pitcher for PAC, James Reed, had thrown over one hundred pitches so the coaches pulled James from the mound and put in Daniel Reed, his brother, to try and get the Panthers out of the inning.  The first batter he faced stroked a single to right field scoring the Cavaliers third run of the innings and putting runners on first and second.  The second batter he faced smoked a line drive that appeared to be destined for left field but Anderson speared the ball with his glove finally ending the inning but the damage had been done.  The Panthers went into the last inning trailing for the first time in the game as they trailed by one run.  Pat grounded out to short for the first out of the inning and the noises coming from the Cavalier sideline indicated they thought the game was over but the Panthers continued to fight as they have all year.  James Reed drew a one out walk.  Clay Dickinson hit an infield single which advanced James all the way to third.  Clay stole second putting two runners in scoring position for the Panthers.  The Cavaliers, perhaps thinking about their successful double play with the bases loaded earlier in the game, gave an intentional pass to Carson Floyd to load the bases with one out.  John Edens came to the plate and stroked a clutch double down the right field line to score two runs, giving the Panthers a one run lead.  The Cavaliers gave an intentional pass to Daniel Reed to re-load the bases and try to set up the double play once again; however, Cole Plyler worked the Cavalier pitcher for an unintentional walk to score Carson from third and leave the bases loaded.  Eli came up to the plated and hit a grounder up the middle that got passed the pitcher but was fielded by the shortstop who threw Eli out at first.  This made the score 8-5 Panthers and put runners on second and third.  The Cavaliers then intentionally walked Anderson Blevins to set up a force out at every base.  The Cavaliers finally got out of the inning when Pat grounded out to the Cavalier third baseman.  The Panthers made another pitching change, bringing in Carson Floyd to try and save the game.  The first Cavalier batter reached on an error giving life to the Cavalier faithful.  Carson was unruffled by this bad start, however, and struck out the next Cavalier batter.  The third batter he faced flew out to Pat in center field.  Carson walked the fourth batter of the inning putting runners on first and second and bringing the potentially tying run to the plate.  After getting ahead of the batter, Carson finally induced a game ending ground out to James Reed who was playing first base and the Panthers were State Champions!  The Panthers outhit the Cavaliers by 8-5 but allowed the Cavaliers to remain in the game by committing an uncharacteristic seven errors.  James Reed had a double and a single, one RBI and scored a run.  John Edens had two hits; a single and the clutch double in the seventh inning.  He had two RBI’s and also scored a run.  Others with hits included Clay Dickinson, Eli Williams, Daniel Reed and Carson Floyd.  Pat Brunson scored two runs.  The Panthers had twenty-two productive at bats for the game.  James Reed was the starting pitcher for PAC.  He went five and two thirds innings allowing five runs only two of which were earned.  He allowed four hits, struck out five Cavalier batters and walked four.  He was replaced by Daniel Reed who pitched one third of an inning.  He gave up one hit but no runs.  Carson Floyd earned the pitching victory pitching the final inning.  He did not allow a hit or run.  He had one strikeout and one walk. After the game, tournament and All-Conference awards were handed out.  James Reed was named the tournament MVP for his performance in the championship game.  Also named to the all-tournament team were Pat Brunson, John Edens and Trevor Dacus.  The Panthers were represented very well on the All-Conference teams.  Here is the list of Panthers awarded this honor:

First Team: Anderson Blevins (shortstop); Clay Dickinson (third baseman); Pat Brunson (center fielder); Carson Floyd (left fielder); James Reed (relief pitcher and catcher).

Second Team:  John Edens (right fielder) and Trevor Dacus (starting pitcher and first baseman)

The Panther varsity squad leaves for Tennessee on Tuesday morning to participate in a season ending tournament in Dayton, Tennessee, hosted by the National Association of Christian Athletes (NACA).

May 04 2015

Panther Baseball Advances to State Championship Game

Panthers (Varsity) – 11  Low Country Wildcats – 0

The Panthers beat the Low Country Wildcats 12-0 in a semi-final game for the 2015 Home School Baseball Tournament.  Their victory advances the Panthers to the championship game on Friday night as they take on the Anderson Cavaliers.  Trevor Dacus won his seventh game of the year, pitching a three hitter over five innings.  He struck out six and walked one batter.  The Panthers jumped out to an early lead scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning.  Anderson Blevins reached on an error by the Wildcat shortstop.  Pat Brunson singled to center field and the Wildcat center fielder misplayed the ball allowing Anderson to score and Pat to reach third base.  Pat later scored on a sacrifice fly by Clay Dickinson.  The Panthers added to their lead in the second.  With one out, Cole Player advanced to first after being hit by a pitch.  He advanced to second on a passed ball and stole third base.  After JC Ellis drew a walk, Anderson Blevins hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Cole.  JC advanced to third on Pat Brunson’s second hit of the game.  JC scored on a single by James Reed.  Pat scored to close out the scoring for the Panthers in the second so the game advanced to the top of the third inning with the Panthers firmly in front 5-0.  The Wildcats held the Panthers without a run in the third but the Panthers exploded for six runs in the fourth inning to effectively end the game.  Cole Plyer started everything off with a single to center field.  JC laid down a pretty sacrifice bunt on a pitch that Cole was stealing second base on.  Cole was able to advance all the way to third on the bunt when the Wildcat third baseman did not get back to cover his position in time to receive the throw.  Anderson singled to score Cole and promptly stole second base.  Pat hit his third consecutive single to score Anderson.  James Reed, Clay Dickinson and Trevor Dacus hit back to back to back singles to load the bases and score Pat.  James Reed scored when Daniel Barfield drew a bases loaded walk.  Clay scored on a fielder’s choice by Carson Floyd where Carson was robbed of a hit by a fine play by the Wildcat second baseman.  Trevor scored when Cole had his second hit of the inning.  The Wildcats finally recorded the final out sending the game to the top of the fifth with the visiting team trailing 11-0 and with one more chance to score two runs so the game could continue.  They managed to get one single but could not score them or get any other runners on base so they game ended early due to the 10 run rule.  The Panthers had twenty productive at bats for the game.  The win advanced PAC’s record to 16-6.

Apr 14 2015

PAC Baseball Splits with Highlanders

Panthers (JV) – 10           Heathwood – 4

The JV baseball squad won their second game in a row besting the Highlanders from Heathwood Hall 10-4 on Monday night at Bray Park.  After a scoreless first, the Panthers jumped out in front in the bottom of the second inning when they scored three runs.  Jacob Robinson reached on an error to begin the rally.  Caleb Green received a walk to put runners on first and second.  Micah West singled to plate the first run of the inning.  Jared Conwell followed that with a single of his own to score Caleb.  Cal Hucks later singled to score Micah from third to close out the inning.  The Highlanders and Panthers exchanged single runs in the third inning.  PAC scored theirs when Caleb walked and scored on another single by Jared.  The Highlanders went quietly in the top of the fourth and the Panthers took advantage to expand their lead in the bottom of the frame.  Matthew Derrick and Cal received back to back walks.  Matthew scored on a single to center by Danny Waller.  Cal and Danny both scored on Highlander errors.  The Highlanders edged closer by scoring two runs in the fifth inning making the score 7-3.  In the bottom of the sixth, the Panthers added another three runs to their scoring column.  Danny and William Lawyer hit back to back singles with one out.  Austin Coates reached base safely after being hit by a pitch.  Danny and Austin scored on Highlander errors and William was driven in by a Caleb Green single.  The Highlanders managed to score one run in the top of the seventh but it was too little too late.  The Panthers outhit their competition 11-5 for the game.  Danny Waller had three singles and an RBI.  Caleb Green had a single, a double, one RBI and scored two runs.  Jared had two singles and two RBI’s.  Cal Hucks was the winning pitcher for PAC.  He went four innings, allowing only one unearned run.  He surrendered two hits and did not walk a batter.  He struck out three.  William closed the game out on the mound by pitching the final three innings.  He gave up three unearned runs on three hits.  He struck out four and walked on Highlander batter.  The JV record improved to 8-9 with the win.

Panthers (Varsity) – 9                    Heathwood – 10

PAC and Heathwood have played some very good baseball games over the years, both at the varsity and junior varsity levels.  It seems like recently; however, that they games have not been very close so it was good to see an old fashioned slugfest between these two teams on Monday night.  I think both teams were enjoying the game so much that neither wanted the game to end so they agreed to just keep playing; going nine innings before the affair was settled.  The Highlanders struck first by plating one run in the top of the first taking advantage of two Panther errors.  The Panthers tied the game in the bottom of the frame when James Reed singled and scored on a triple by Clay Dickinson.  The Highlanders were held scoreless in the top of the second and the Panthers took the lead for the first time in the bottom of inning.  John Edens led off with a double.  He advanced to third and home on wild pitches.  Carson Floyd singled and stole second base.  Carson advanced to third when Pat Brunson reached on an error by the Highlander first baseman.  Pat stole second and James drove both of them in on a single to left field.  The Highlanders tied the game back up in the top of the third.  Brandon Walden doubled with one out.  The Highlander clean-up hitter drew a walk.  Madison Walden singled to score Brandon.  Benton Mason then doubled to score Austin and Madison.  The Panthers finally got out of the inning stranding two Highlander baserunners.    The Highlanders kept the pressure on by scoring another three runs. The Panthers walked the bases loaded.  The first run scored on a passed ball and the next two runs scored on timely hits.  The Highlanders increased their lead to 8-4 in the top of the fifth.  A single, an error and walk loaded the bases once more for Heathwood.  There were not outs yet in the inning but the Panthers were able to limit the damage, only allowing one run on a sacrifice fly to center field.  The Panthers began their climb back into the game by scoring two runs in the bottom of the fifth.  Clay and Trevor Dacus hit back to back singles.  Clay scored on a sacrifice fly by John Edens.  Trevor then scored on a single by Daniel Reed.  The Highlanders did not score in the sixth and the Panthers scored two to tie the game back up.  Pat Brunson opened the inning with a double and then Cole Plyer walked.  James Reed doubled to score Pat and Trevor hit a sacrifice fly to score Cole from third.  The Highlanders stranded two runners in the top of the seventh and the Panthers did not threaten in the bottom of the frame so the fans were able to enjoy “free” baseball.  The Panthers recorded three straight outs in the top of the eighth so they came to bat in the bottom of the inning with a chance to end the game.  Pat Brunson was hit by a pitch and then the Panthers found two different ways to squander the opportunity.  First, they were not able to get a bunt down to advance Pat to second.  Then with one out, Pat stole second only to be called out on interference.  The umpires ruled that the Panther batter had interfered with the ability of the Highlander catcher to attempt to throw out Pat at second.  So after getting the leadoff hitter on, there were now two outs and no one on base.  A groundout to short ended the opportunity and the inning for PAC.  We now moved to the ninth inning.  The Highlanders got a lead-off single and sacrificed him to second.  On the play, the Panthers did not cover third so the Highlander runner was able to go straight past second to third base.  The third batter of the inning was hit by a pitch and this runner advanced to second on a ball that bounced a few feet away from the Panther catcher.  Both runners then scored on an error.  The Panthers ended the inning but the damage was done and they Panthers had to see if they could fight back one more time.  And boy, did they try.  John Edens got his second hit of the game with two outs.  Carson took one for the team when he was hit by a pitch.  Daniel Reed got his second hit and RBI of the game when he knocked in John.  Daniel Williams then drew a walk to load the bases for Pat Brunson.  Pat smoked the first pitch he saw to center field.  It was a great hit, but the centerfielder only had to run three or four steps to make the catch and end the Panther’s rally and the game.  The Panthers outhit the Highlanders 14-10 led by James Reed who had three hits, including a double.  He drove in three runs.  Clay Dickinson added three hits, including a triple.  John Edens had two hits, including a double.  Carson Floyd and Daniel Reed both had two singles.  Clay was the starting pitcher for PAC.  He pitched three and two thirds innings allowing seven runs, six earned, on six hits.  He walked seven and struck out four.  He was relieved by Daniel Reed who pitched four and two thirds innings.  Daniel allowed three runs, two earned, on four hits and three walks.  He struck out one batter.  James finished on the mound and pitched the final two thirds of an inning.  He walked one and struck out two.  The varsity team’s record falls to 14-5.  Game Notes:  Cal Hucks was hit by a pitch on his hand while it was still on the bat and had to leave the game.  He appears to be ok.  Anderson Blevins missed his third straight game due to illness.  The Panthers beat their goal of fourteen productive at bats per game by reaching 25.  Normally this is more than enough to win but the Panthers ultimately could not overcome ten walks, one hit by pitch, five fielding errors and three or four mental errors.  Clay had six assists during the game.

Apr 14 2015

Panthers B-Team Baseball Falls to Cardinals

Panthers (B-Team) – 6                   Cardinal Newman – 16

The young Panthers cubs fell to 3-11 with a loss to Cardinal Newman on Monday night.  Cardinal Newman jumped on PAC in the first inning by scoring three runs and never looked back.  The Cardinals added a single run in the second inning and led 4-0 before the Panthers scored their first run of the game in the third when McKinley Proctor singled and scored on a double by David Hucks.  The Cardinals scored their fifth and six runs in their half of the third and fourth innings.  And then the fifth inning happened.  It started out well for the Panthers as they came off of the mat in the top of the inning to get back in the game by scoring five runs tying the game briefly at six.  McKinley Proctor led off with a single.  David Hucks was hit by a pitch and Jackson Gleaton hit an infield single to load the bases with no outs.  Samuel Leslie singled to score the first run of the inning and re-load the bases.  Will Owens reached on an error to score another run and once again leave the bases loaded.  Robert Hogg then doubled to plate two more runs but he was thrown out trying to stretch his hit into a triple.  Seann Bryant drove in the last run of the inning with a groundout to short.  The Cardinals recorded finally recorded the last out of the inning and came up to bat for their turn in the fifth and ended the game by scoring ten runs.  The Cardinals had five hits in the inning but primarily benefited from wild Panther pitching.  In this frame, Panther pitched walked six batters and hit another.  The Cardinals scored five runs on wild pitches.  The Panthers had eight hits in the game led by McKinley with two singles.  David Hucks and Robert both doubled. The Panthers sent four different pitchers to the mound.  Fourteen of the sixteen runs allowed were earned on eleven hits.

Apr 12 2015

Panthers Baseball Weather Hurricanes Winning 9-5

Panthers (Varsity) – 9                    Greenville Hurricanes – 5

The Panthers journeyed to Greenville on Saturday to take on the Hurricanes and they walked away with a 9-5 victory improving their record to 14-4.  The Panthers got right to work and plated two runs in the top of the first inning.  Pat Brunson led off with a walk and scored on a double by James Reed.  James moved to third on a balk by the Hurricanes pitcher and scored on a throw down to second when the Hurricanes threw out Clay as he attempted to steal second.  The Hurricanes got one back in the bottom of the inning when a Hurricane’s batter reached on an error and later scored on a single to center field.  Neither team scored in the second inning but the Panthers expanded their lead in the top of the third.  James Reed hit his second double in as many at bats and scored on a single by Clay Dickinson.  Clay later scored on a sacrifice fly by Cal Hucks.  The Hurricanes stormed back in the bottom of the third and tied the game when they scored three runs.   The Hurricanes had four hits including a double in their rally.  After a scoreless fourth inning, the Panthers took the lead for good in the fifth inning when they scored three runs.  Trevor Dacus led off with a single.  He stole second and made it to third on when Hurricane pitching allowed back to back walks to Cal Hucks and Eli Williams.  Trevor was out at home when the Panthers could not get a suicide squeeze bunt down.  Daniel Williams made up for this error by stroking a single to score Cal Hucks and send Eli to third base.  Eli then scored on a ground out to second by Daniel Barfield.  Daniel Williams scored the last run of the inning when Pat Brunson reached on an error by the Hurricane third baseman.  The Panthers added a lone run in the sixth inning when Clay Dickinson led off with a double.  Trevor bunted Clay to third and Cal Hucks hit his second sacrifice fly of the game to score Clay from third.  The Panthers scored their last run in the top of the seventh when Pat singled, stole second and scored on a single by Cole Plyler.  The Hurricanes tried to comeback in the bottom of the seventh but only managed to score one run.  The Panthers outhit the Hurricanes 10-6.  James Reed smacked two doubles and had one RBI and scored two runs.  Clay Dickinson contributed a single, scored two runs and had one RBI.  Cole Plyler had two singles and Cal Hucks drove in two runs with sacrifice flies.  Carson Floyd was the starting pitcher for Pac going four innings.  He allowed four runs, three of which were earned, on five hits.  He walked two and struck out two.    He was relieved by John Edens who pitched the final three innings.  He allowed one earned run on one hit.  He struck out six Hurricane batters.  Game Notes: The victory improved the Panthers record to an impressive 10 games over .500.  The Panthers had twenty-four productive at bats.

Apr 12 2015

Panther JV Baseball Splits with Upstate Eagles

Panthers (JV) – 7              Upstate Eagles – 11

The Upstate Eagles flew to Columbia for a double header against the Panthers on Saturday afternoon.  The Eagles walked away with a victory in game #1 winning 7-11.   The Eagles scored two in the top of the first on three hits, including a double.  The Panthers tied the game right back up in the bottom of the first.  Matthew Derrick walked and went to third on a single by Danny Waller.  Matthew scored on a ground out by William Lawyer.  Danny later scored on a wild pitch.  The Eagles continued to soar in the second inning, plating four runs on three hits (including a triple) and two walks.  The Panthers responded and briefly took the lead in the game by scoring five runs in bottom of the frame.  Caleb Green led off with a single and after two quick out, Austin Coates received a walk.  Matthew Derrick singled to score Caleb and Danny stroked his second hit to score Austin.  William Lawyer walked and then Matthew scored on an error.  Tyler Thomason singled to score Danny and William scored on an error by the Eagle second baseman.  In the top of the third inning, Panther pitching hit two batters and Panther fielders made three errors allowing the Eagles to take the lead by scoring two runs without a hit.  The Eagles added two more in the fourth inning when the Panthers put two runners on base via a walk and an error and the Eagles said thank you with a timely single to score both runners.  The Eagles scored their last run in the seventh once again taking advantage of Panther errors.  The Panthers were outhit in this game 5-7 but they lost the game primarily because of seven fielding errors.  Matthew Derrick was the starting pitcher for the Panthers going two innings.  He allowed six earned runs on six hits.  He was replaced on the mound by Tyler.  Tyler pitched the final three innings allowing five unearned runs on one hit.

Panthers (JV) – 5              Upstate Eagles – 2

The Panthers managed to salvage a split in the Upstate Eagle doubleheader at Bray Park in Columbia on Saturday afternoon.  After dropping the first game, the Panthers rebounded to best the Eagles 5-2 in the finale.  After holding the Eagles scoreless in the top of the first, the Panthers scored two in the bottom of the inning without the benefit of a hit.  Matthew Derrick and Tyler Thomason both received walks and both scored on wild pitches.  The Panthers plated two more runs in the bottom of the third.  William Lawyer walked and Tyler reached on an error.  Jacob Robinson laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners to second and third before Caleb Green doubled to score both.  The Eagles dented the scoring column in the top of the fourth by plating two runs on two hits.  The Panthers got one of the runs back in the bottom of the fourth when Matthew Derrick was hit by a pitch and scored on an error by the Eagle left fielder.  The Eagles got two runners on in the top of the fifth but were unable to score either before the game ended on a groundout to the Panther second baseman.   Neither team hit particularly well in the game with both teams only getting two hits.  Danny Waller was the starting pitcher for PAC going all five innings.  He struck out five Eagle batters in earning the win.  The split of the doubleheader left PAC’s Junior Varsity record at 7-9.

Apr 10 2015

Panther Baseball Splits with Cardinal Newman for Second Time This Week

Panthers (JV) – 3              Cardinal Newman – 6

Playing Cardinal Newman for the second time in less than a week, this game turned out very similar to the first one with the Panthers on the losing end 3-6.   The Panthers once again jumped out to an early lead scoring one run in the first.  Matthew Derrick singled and later scored on a single by Tyler Thomason.  The Cardinals tied the game up in the bottom of the second when Panther errors allowed them to score a run without a hit.  The Panthers went back in front in the top of the third when Matthew Derrick singled again and scored on a single by Jacob Robinson.   The Cardinals took the lead for good in the bottom of the third by scoring four runs on five hits and one error.   The Panthers scored their last run in the top of the fifth when Matthew Derrick walked and scored his third run of the game on a single by Tyler Thomason.  The Cardinals got that run back in the bottom of the inning when they combined two hits with a Panther error.  The Panthers never seriously threatened in the sixth or seventh innings and the game ended in a loss for PAC.   Matthew had three singles and scored three runs.  Tyler contributed two singles.  Jacob Robinson and Austin Coates contributed the other hits.  William Lawyer pitched four innings allowing five runs only two of which were earned.  He allowed seven hits and walked one Cardinal batter.  He struck out three Cardinals.  He was relieved on the mound by Tyler who gave up one unearned run.  He gave up two hits and struck out one.  The Panthers record slips to 6-8 on the year.

Panthers (Varsity) – 14  Cardinal Newman – 11

This was a wild and wooly affair reminding me of the Junior Varsity game against Ben Lippen in the program’s first year, a game PAC won 20-15.  This game was back and forth just like that one was.  The Panthers scored four runs in the top of the second.  Carson Floyd was hit by a pitch, Daniel Williams walked and Eli Williams was plunked to load the bases.  Pat Brunson doubled home two runs and Eli scored on a ground out by Cole Plyer.  This ground out moved Pat to third who when scored on a balk by the Cardinal Pitcher.  In the middle of the second inning, the Cardinal coaches got into an argument with the umpires about the number of coaches allowed on the field while their team was at bat.  By the time the argument was over, at least two coaches had been thrown out of the game.  This seemed to provide a spark to the Cardinal offense and they exploded for three runs to get back in the game on three hits and one Panther error.  Unfortunately, this was only the first of many Panther errors which kept the game’s outcome in doubt for the entire night.  Both teams scored on run in the third the Panthers scoring theirs when John Edens reached on a fielder’s choice and scored when the Cardinal right fielder made an error.  This made the score 5-4, PAC, after three innings.  Neither team scored in the fourth but runs were plentiful for both teams during the remainder of the game.  James Reed led off the fifth with a single and then Clay was hit by a pitch.  The Cardinals got two quick outs and had a chance for the third out when they misplayed a grounder by Cal Hucks for an error allowing both James and Clay to score.  Cal later scored on a single by Eli Williams.  After four and one half innings, the Panthers now led by   8-4.  The Cardinals stormed back in the bottom of the fifth and actually took the lead by plating six runs.  The Cardinals had three hits, including a triple, accepted three walks by Panther pitching and took advantage of a Panther error in their rally.  The score was now 8-10 in the Cardinals favor.  The Panthers roared back in the top of the sixth by scoring six runs.  Cole led everything off with a walk.  James Reed hit a grounder.  The Cardinal infield fielded the grounder and threw to second in an attempt to get Cole out at second.  The throw pulled the second baseman off the bag; however, and everyone was safe.  Clay Dickinson hit a shot up the middle that hit the umpire.  The umpires said the ball was dead and awarded Clay first base loading the bases for the Panthers.  Trevor Dacus hit an infield single scoring one run and leaving the bases loaded.  Daniel Barfield then slapped a single to right field scoring the second and third runs of the inning.  Trevor scored on a passed ball making the score 12-10.  Cal Hucks and Daniel Williams received back to back walks loading the bases once more.  Eli Williams then hit a grounder and the Cardinals threw Daniel Barfield out at home and loading the bases again.  Pat Brunson hit an infield single knocking in his third run of the game re-loading the bases.  The last run of the inning scored when Cole Plyler received a bases loaded walk.  James Reed flew out to center and Clay struck out to end the inning but the damage had been done and the Panthers led 14-10.  The Cardinals got the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth and managed to score one run before the Panthers escaped without any further damage.  The Panthers went quietly in the top of the seventh and we went into the last inning with a four run lead.  The Panthers got one quick out on a ground out to Cole at second but two walks and a single loaded the bases with Cardinals.  It was definitely to early to be celebrating just yet.  A strikeout produced the second out of the inning and the game, finally and mercifully, ended in a Panthers victory.  The Panthers had eleven hits versus ten for the Cardinals.  Pat Brunson led the Panthers with two hits; a double and a single along with three RBI’s. Clay Dickinson and Eli Williams contributed two singles a piece.  JC Ellis was the starting pitcher for PAC.  He went four and two thirds innings allowing ten runs but only five were earned.  He allowed nine hits and three walks.  He did not strike out a batter.  He was relieved by Clay Dickinson on the mound.  Clay pitched one and two thirds innings giving up one earned run.  Clay struggled with his control walking five Cardinal batters.  James Reed came into the game in the seventh to try and close the door on the Cardinals.  He faced three batters allowing one hits and getting one strikeout before inducing a ground out to third for the final out of the game.  Panther fielders made seven errors on the night.  It is incredibly difficult to win a game when you give up ten hits, eight walks and make seven errors.    To do so you have to be lucky, resilient and have the other team be just as generous as you were.  The Cardinals allowed eleven hits; walked six Panther hitters; hit three Panther batters and allowed one batter to reach first due to catcher’s interference.  They also made three errors.  The Panthers record improved to 13-4 with the victory.  Game Notes:  The Panthers had 24 productive at bats during the game.  Clay received the pitching victory and James Reed earned a save.

Apr 07 2015

Panther Baseball Splits JV/Varsity Doubleheader with Cardinal Newman

Panthers (JV) – 1              Cardinal Newman – 5

The Panther JV squad lost a tough game to the Cardinal Newman Cardinal’s on Monday night at the Polo Grounds in Blythewood, South Carolina.  The Panthers jumped out to an early lead by plating one run in the first inning.  Danny Waller doubled with two outs and scored when the Cardinal second baseman made an error on a ball hit by Will Lawyer.  Over the balance of the game, the Panthers could not push any more runs across the plate as they stranded eleven runners on base; including leaving the bases loaded in the seventh inning.  While the Panthers struggled to score runs they were playing solid defense, but in the end, could not keep the Cardinals from having one big inning.  The JV squad has struggled this year giving up big innings and needs to learn to minimize those innings to give themselves a chance in most games.   The big inning for the opposition was the fourth this time.  The first six Cardinal hitters reached base via hits, walks and an error and five of them scored.  The Panthers actually outhit the Cardinals 6-3 for the game and they gave up fewer walks than the Cardinals (3 to 4).  The Panthers did make one more error during the game than Cardinal Newman but the Cardinals did not allow the Panthers to score a run in the innings they made errors.  The Panthers were not able to do this during the Cardinal’s big inning.  Danny Waller had two hits including a double.  Jacob Robinson contributed two singles.  Harry Baker doubled but was stranded at third and Jared Conwell contributed a single.  Danny Waller started on the mound for PAC.  He pitched four innings allowing five runs, three of which were earned.  He gave up three hits and three walks while striking out two.  He was replaced by Tyler Thomason who pitched very well for two innings.  He did not allow any runs, hits or walks and struck out two.  The loss drops the JV squad’s record to 6-7 on the season.

Panthers (Varsity ) – 3                   Cardinal Newman – 2

The Panthers varsity baseball team won an exciting game 3-2 against Cardinal Newman on Monday night.  The game was scoreless until the third inning when both teams pushed runs across.  The Panthers got things started in the top of the inning.  Anderson Blevins doubled with one out and scored on a single by Pat Brunson.  The Cardinals threw home to try and get Anderson out but he beat the throw and, during the attempt to get Anderson out, Pat took advantage and advanced to second on the throw.  Pat went to third on a single by Clay Dickinson and scored on a single by Trevor Dacus.  The Panthers only had seven hits in the game and had four of them in this sequence.  The Cardinals got one run back in the bottom of the inning when the leadoff batter reached on an error.  Two more Panther errors during the inning allowed that runner to score.  The Panthers scored their last run in the top of the fourth inning.  With two outs, Carson Floyd was hit by a pitch.  Anderson tripled to right field scoring Carson all the way from first.  This made the score 3-1 and it remained that way until the bottom of the seventh inning.  Starting pitcher Trevor Dacus, who had pitched a very good game up until this point, walked the leadoff Cardinal batter.  He came back to strike out the second batter of the inning but walked the third batter putting runners on first and second.  The Panthers brought in Clay Dickinson to try and save the game for PAC.  The first batter he faced lofted a fly ball to deep left field which should have been caught for an out but glanced off of the left fielder’s glove allowing one run to score and putting runners on first and second.  The Cardinal clean-up hitter grounded out advancing the runners to second and third with two outs.  Clay reached back for a little something extra and struck out the next batter on three straight heaters and ended the game 3-2 in the Panthers favor.  As stated earlier, the Panthers had seven hits led by Anderson who doubled and tripled.  John Edens contributed two singles as well.  Anderson, Pat and Trevor had RBI’s in the game.  Trevor was the starting pitcher and pitched another good game.  He limited the Cardinals to four hits over his six and one third innings.  He walked six batters and struck out three.  Clay relieved Trevor pitching the final two thirds of an inning.  He gave up the one hit and struck out one Cardinal in earning his first save of the year.  Game Notes:  The Panthers improve to 12-4.  Trevor improved his record this year to 5-0 and is one victory away from tying the Panther single season record for wins of six (Thomas Castles – 2012).  He now has eleven career wins besting the record of seven set by Jake Brunson (2013-2014).  Anderson had five more assists tonight bringing his total for the season to forty-one after sixteen games.  The season record is forty-four which was set last year by Caleb Wilson.  The Panthers missed their goal of fourteen productive at bats in this game collecting only twelve but did manage to win the game.

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