Mar 28 2015

Panther Baseball Splits with Savannah Hurricanes

Panthers (JV) – 2              Savannah Hurricanes – 5

The JV Panthers team fell to the Savannah Hurricanes 2-5 on Saturday afternoon at Bray Park in West Columbia.  The Panthers struck first by plating one run in the first inning when Danny Waller doubled and scored on a single by Will Lawyer.  The scored stayed this way until the fourth inning when the Hurricanes scored two runs on one hit and two Panther errors.  It remained a 1-2 game until the seventh inning.  In the top of the seventh, the Hurricanes scored three runs when they loaded the bases without a hit using an error, a hit by pitch and a walk.  Just as quickly as the bases got loaded, they emptied when the Hurricane #9 batter (Osako) doubled to score all three runs.  The Panthers were now down four in the last inning.  They managed to score one when Jacob Robinson singled and later scored on a single by Matthew Derrick.  Unfortunately, one run was not enough and the Panthers went down in defeat.  The Panthers had seven hits on the day.  They were led by Matthew Derrick who had three hits including one double.  Daniel Williams pitched six innings for PAC allowing five runs only two of which were earned.  He gave up only one hit and struck out eleven.  The Panthers were ultimately undone by errors and one timely hit.  Matthew Derrick relieved Daniel in the seventh and did not allow a run.  The JV squad is now 6-4.

Panthers (Varsity) – 2    Savannah Hurricanes – 1

The Panthers earned a split with the Savannah Hurricanes in the Junior Varsity / Varsity doubleheader when the Varsity squad walked away with an exciting 2-1 victory at Bray Park in West Columbia.  Just has happened in recent games, the opponents scored first against the Panthers.  The Hurricanes plated one run in the top of the first when their lead-off hitter singled and later scored on a double.  Both team’s bats were quiet most of the game as not a lot of offense was generated.  The Hurricanes threatened to add to their lead in the top of the sixth inning, but a Hurricanes baserunner was thrown out at the plate by right fielder Daniel Barfield to end the inning.  As seems to happen a lot in close baseball games, a great defensive play in the field immediately translates to good things for the offense.   With one out, Pat Brunson reached on an error.  After the second out, Pat sprinted to second on a hit and run and Clay singled allowing Pat to reach third.  With runners at first and third, the Hurricane pitcher balked allowing Pat to score and sending Clay to second.  Clay scored the go ahead and, ultimately the winning run, when Trevor Dacus hit a sharp grounder to the Hurricane first baseman that was misplayed for an error.  The Hurricanes came to the plate in the seventh trailing for the first time in the game needing one run to tie the game.  The first Hurricane batter flew out to Pat Brunson in centerfield.  The final two Hurricane batters were strikeouts for starting Panther pitcher, James Reed.  After allowing the run in the first inning, James buckled down to pitch a complete game for the triumphant Panthers.  James pitched seven innings allowing the one earned run on two hits.  James was dominant after allowing the one run allowing no further hits.  He struck out ten on the day to earn the victory.  He also fielded his position well earning four assists.  The Panthers improved to 9-3 on the year.

Mar 28 2015

Panthers Baseball Up Ends Orangeburg Prep

Panthers (B-Team) – 7                   Orangeburg Prep – 2

The Panthers found their way into the win column for the second time this year with a victory over the Indians from Orangeburg Prep on Thursday night.  The Indians took a quick lead in the first inning when the lead-off batter was hit by a pitch, eventually scoring on an infield groundout.  The Panthers tied the game up in the bottom of the second inning when Samuel Leslie singled and scored on a single by Robert Hogg.  The Panthers added two runs in the third inning.  McKinley Proctor, David Hucks and Jackson Gleaton all singled with one out with Jackson’s single scoring McKinley.  Will Owens singled to score David from third.  The Panthers added to their lead by plating two more runs in the fifth inning.  Jackson reached on an error and scored on a single by Will Owens.  Will then scored when Robert reached on an error.  In the sixth inning, the Panthers scored two runs for the third inning in a row.  Whit Melnyk led off with a triple and scored when McKinley followed Whit’s triple with one of his own.  McKinley then scored on a ground out by David Hucks.  The Indians scored one run in the top of the seventh but it was not enough and the game ended with a Panthers victory.    The Panthers had ten hits in the game. Whit and McKinley both hit a single and a triple.  Robert contributed two singles.  McKinley pitched four innings for the Panthers allowing one earned run.  He allowed one hit and walked four.  He struck out two.  Jackson pitched the final three innings, also allowing one earned run.  He gave up one hit and walked one while striking out two.  The B-Team improved to 2-8.

Mar 26 2015

Golf Team Mid-season Update!

2015 PAC Golf Team is puting together a fine season.  We have four victories and one defeat.  This years edition of the PAC golf team has 12 Players.  Here is a list of the starting Varsity players with their nine-hole scoring averages as posted through week 12.

1. Will Eckstein 39 Jr.

2. Cooper Snow 41 Jr.

3. Logan Reese 45 So.

4. Phoebe Carles 47 8th

5. Carlton Snow 50 8th

6. Tyler Reese 51 8th

7. Junah Winters 53 8th

8. Taylor Diveley 58 Jr.

9. Caleb Roberts 58. 8th

Other players on this years team are Mason Tomlinson, Kenton Black, Noah Diveley, and Josh Diveley.

Season Match review:


1.PAC 167 Wins two, lead by Will Eckstein’s -2 under par 34.  Airport’s score of 180 and Brookland Cayce’s score of 180.

2. PAC 180 Wins over Ben Lippen who shot 188.  Cooper Snow match Medalist with 40.

3. PAC 171 Wins over Heathwood Hall 172 but loses to Wilson Hall 147. Will Eckstein lead’s PAC with 40.

Team Match Record 4 wins and 1 Loss.

Season Tournament review:

1. The Goldenbear at Hilton Head Island:

Team finished 27th out of 30 teams.  The highlights of the week: the excellent tour like atmosphere and competing against some of the best players in the south-east.  Hilton Head Christian shot an amazing score of 6 over par to win. Will Eckstein lead the team with a 36 hole total of 161.  He had a great third day washed out when day three was cancelled due to rain.  He carded a 38.  Will finished 36th out of a field of 150 players.

2. The Battle of the Dam:

Team finished 15th out of 22 teams with a score of 725.  Highlighted with a great second day where the team shot 359 to jump over 3 schools on the final day.  Cooper snow ended the tournament in a tie for 37th out of 150 players.


The team has 7 matches remaining and one Major Tournament in Myrtle Beach.    Stay tuned for the exciting conclusion of this edition of the PAC Golf Team.



Mar 26 2015

Panthers Baseball Splits with Augusta Christian

Panthers (JV) – 3              Augusta Christian – 9

The JV baseball team saw their record fall to .500 as they lost to the Lions from Augusta Christian on Tuesday night.  The Lions jumped out to an early lead by plating six runs in the top of the first inning on four hits and three walks.  The Panthers got one run back in the bottom of the first when Matthew Derrick doubled and scored on a single by William Lawyer.  The Panthers scored another run in the third inning when Matthew reached on an error and scored on a single by Danny Waller.  The Lions pushed across a single run in the fourth inning and two runs in the fifth inning to complete their scoring.  The Panthers scored one in the bottom of the fifth inning when Austin Coates singled and scored on an error by the Lion’s shortstop.  The Panthers had only four hits on the night.  Danny Waller pitched four innings allowing seven earned runs on seven hits.  He struck out two and walked seven.  Danny was relieved by Tyler Thomason who pitched the final inning allowing one unearned run on two hits.  The Panthers JV team are now 4-4 on the year.

Panthers (V) – 9                               Augusta Christian – 6

For the third year in a row, famed lion hunter Trevor Dacus bagged the Lions’s from Augusta Christian pitching the Panthers to a 9-6 victory.  Trevor pitched a complete game allowing six runs (five earned) on eight hits in earning his third victory against them in as many years.  He walked four Lion hitters and struck out four.  The Panthers gift wrapped two runs for the Lions in the top of the first inning.  The Lion’s leadoff hitter (Teske) doubled to begin the game.  Hunter Erb then laid down a sacrifice bunt but the Panthers threw the ball down the right field line allowing Teske to score and allowing Erb to rocket around the bases and score before the Panthers could get the ball back into the infield.  The Panthers got one run back in the bottom of the first when Anderson Blevins doubled down the left field line. The Lion’s pitcher suffered from momentary wildness and two straight wild pitches allowed Anderson to advance to third and eventually to score.  Neither team scored in the second inning and the Panthers held the Lions scoreless in the top of the third.  The Panthers raced to the lead in the bottom of the third inning when they scored three runs.  Anderson Blevins got things going again with a leadoff single.  He advanced to third when Pat Brunson doubled, hitting a deep drive off of the outfield fence down the left field line.  Anderson scored on a wild pitch which advanced Pat to third.  James Reed then tripled to left center field scoring Pat.  James scored the final run of the inning when John Edens laid down a perfect bunt on a suicide squeeze.  The Lions tied the game back up in the top of the fourth inning, scoring two runs on two hits.  Both teams were scoreless until the bottom of the fifth when the Panthers exploded for four runs.  Clay Dickinson and Trevor Dacus both singled to begin the inning for the Panthers.  Clay scored on a passed ball and Trevor scored on a single by Daniel Reed.  Daniel stole second base and advanced to third on a groundout by Cole Plyler.  Cal Hucks drew a walk and stole second base putting runners at second and third with two outs.  Anderson came to the plate and delivered his third hit of the night driving in both Daniel and Cal giving the Panthers an 8-6 lead.  The Panthers scratched across another run when Clay and Trevor hit back to back doubles in the bottom of the sixth inning.  This made the score 9-4 for the Panthers heading into the Lion’s last opportunity in the 7th inning.  The Lions put together three hits and took advantage of a walk to plate two runs but it was too little too late.  The last Lion’s hitter grounded out to giving Trevor three straight pitching victories over Augusta Christian.  Anderson Blevins led the Panthers at the plate with three hits and two RBI’s.  He also scored two runs.  Trevor Dacus and Clay Dickinson both had two hits, including a double.  Pat doubled and James Reed tripled. Others with hits included John Edens and Daniel Reed.  The victory gives the Panthers an 8-3 record.  Game Notes: This was Trevor’s second complete game pitching victory in a row (the first was against Laurens Academy).  The Panthers had nineteen productive at bats in this game besting their goal of fourteen per game by five.  The Panthers outhit the Lions 11-8.  The Panthers had thirteen defensive assists led by Anderson with five.  The Panthers stranded seven runners on the bases.

Mar 26 2015

Panther Baseball B-Team falls to Indians

The Panthers B-Team lost to the Indians from Orangeburg Prep by a score of 1-7 on Monday night.  The Panthers were outhit by 10-5 in the game and this was reflected in the final score.  As has happened in many of these games, the Panthers scored first but were unable to hold the lead.  Whit Melnyk singled in the top of the first inning and scored on a single by David Hucks.  The Indians responded in the bottom of the second inning when they plated four runs.  They added one more in the fourth inning and two more in the fifth.  Effective pitching by the Indians stymied the Panther’s efforts in their quest to score additional runs for the remainder of the game.  The Panthers were led by Whit Melnyk and David Hucks at the plate who both had two singles.  McKinley Proctor had the other hit by the Panthers.  The Indian first baseman robbed Avery Blevins of a hit with a fine diving catch of a line drive.  Samuel Leslie pitched two and one third innings giving up four runs (three earned).  He surrendered six hits while walking two and striking out two.  Avery Blevins relieved him on the mound, pitching the final three and two thirds innings.  He allowed three runs (one earned) on four hits.  He struck out two and walked two.  The young panthers are now 1-8 on the season.

Mar 26 2015

Panthers (JV) Complete Sweep of Shamrocks in Baseball

The Panthers travelled to Eau Claire to visit the Shamrocks for two five inning games on Wednesday night.  The first game was a close affair that the visiting Panthers managed to pull out in the fifth inning winning 6-3.    The Panthers scored first when Jacob Robinson scored on a wild pitch after reaching base on a walk.  The Panthers added another in the third inning when Matthew Derrick singled and scored on a long double by Danny Waller.  The Shamrocks fought back to tie the game in the fourth inning, plating two runs with one hit, a hit by a pitch and a Panther error.  The Panthers righted the ship and scored four runs in the last inning to essentially put the game away.  Tyler Thomason led off the inning with a single and Matthew Derrick walked.  Danny hit a second consecutive double scoring Tyler.  William Lawyer came to the plate with runners on second and third and smashed a double to score two runs.  William advanced to third on a single by Caleb Green and scored on a Shamrock error.  The Panthers left the bases full when the Shamrocks recorded the final two outs on a strikeout and on an infield fly.  The Shamrocks managed to score one run in the bottom of the fifth but it was not enough and the game ended with the Panthers as victors.  The Panthers had seven hits and were led by Danny Waller who had two doubles and two RBI’s.  William Lawyer also had two RBI’s.  Tyler Thomason was the starting pitcher for the Panthers lasting three and one third innings.  He gave up two runs (only one of which was earned) on two hits.  He did not walk a batter and struck out two.  William Lawyer finished the game on the mound for PAC, giving up one earned run on one hit.  He struck out four.

In the second game, the Panthers jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back in winning 9-0.  Matthew Derrick walked and scored on a single by Danny Waller.  William Lawyer was walked and both Danny and William scored later in the inning on wild pitches.  The Panthers essentially ended the game in the second inning when they plated five additional runs.  Both Zach Thurber and Tyler Thomason both reached due to Shamrock errors.  Zach scored on a single by Matthew.  After a walk to Danny, Matthew scored on a bunt single by William Lawyer.  Danny scored on a wild pitch and William scored on another Shamrock error to close out the scoring in the second inning.  In the third inning, the Panthers plated their final run when Tyler reached on a single and later scored on a wild pitch.  The Panthers slapped out five hits for the game.  Danny led the way with two singles.  William Lawyer pitched the first three innings for PAC, allowing no runs and only one hit.  He had seven strikeouts.  Austin Coates pitched the final inning for PAC and allowed one hit.  He walked two and struck out two.  The Panther JV team is now 6-3.

Mar 23 2015

Panther Varsity Baseball Falls to Stallions

Panthers (V) – 2     Concord Stallions – 9;              Panthers (V) – 3     Concord Stallions – 12

The Stallions from Concord NC came to Bray Park on Saturday night but they made sure they did not forget their bats.  They pounded out eleven hits in the first game and sixteen in the second to win both games in convincing fashion.  The Stallions scored first when they plated five runs in the top of the third inning on five hits.  The Panthers rallied in the bottom of the inning by scoring two.  Daniel Reed walked and was sacrificed to second on a nice bunt by Cole Plyler.  Anderson Blevins doubled to score Daniel and then Anderson scored on a single by Pat Brunson.  The Stallion pitcher, Sawyer Strickland, buckled down and did not allow another Panther to cross home plate.  The Stallions added three runs in the fifth and one run in the seventh inning to close out their scoring.  James Reed had two singles for the Panthers and Anderson sliced a double down the right field line.  Pat, Carson Floyd and John Edens had the only other hits for the Panthers.  James Reed took the loss against the good hitting Stallion team allowing eight earned runs.  Carson Floyd pitched two innings allowing the last Stallion run.

The Stallions continued their hot hitting in the night cap and rode their bats to another victory.  They scored three runs in the third inning on three hits; two in the fourth on four hits; six in the fifth on six hits and a single run in the seventh on two hits.  The Panthers scored their only runs in the first inning taking a lead that they could not hold.  Anderson Blevins led off with a walk and scored on a double by Pat Brunson.  Pat scored on a double by James Reed and James crossed the plate on a ground out by Daniel Barfield.  The Panthers threatened in several innings but could not push any additional runs across.  Panthers with hits in the second game included Anderson, Pat, James, Clay Dickinson, Eli Williams, Daniel Reed, Parker Pocock and John Edens.  JC Ellis took the loss for the Panthers allowing seven runs (six earned) in four innings.  Clay Dickinson pitched one inning and allowed four runs.  Daniel Reed closed out the game for the Panthers on the mound and gave up one earned run.  The two losses drop the Panthers to 7-3 on the year.

Mar 23 2015

Panthers JV Baseball Splits with Newberry

The Junior Varsity baseball squad split a double header with their counterparts from Newberry High School on Saturday afternoon.  The Panthers lost the opening game 0-7 before rebounding with a 3-1 victory in the nightcap.  In the first game, Newberry plated four runs in the first and two in the second and one in the third to win convincingly.  Even more impressive was the performance of their pitcher (K Yoder) who held the Panthers without a hit for the game (five innings).  He struck out three Panthers and faced the minimum number of batters in each inning except the first when one Panther reached due to an error by the Newberry shortstop.  Great game Mr. Yoder!

The Panthers scored in the first inning in the nightcap when Matthew Derrick was walked, advanced to third on a single by Will Lawyer and scored on a passed ball.  The Panthers added a run in the second inning when Whit Melnyk was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a walk to Jacob Robinson.  Whit later scored on a single by Matthew Derrick.  The Newberry team scratched across a run in the bottom of the second inning when the leadoff batter doubled and later scored on a single.  The Panthers added one more run to the scoring column in the top of the fourth.  Consecutive singles by Tyler Thomason and Matthew Derrick put runners on first and second.  They advanced to third and second on an infield groundout by Danny Waller.  Tyler then scored on an infield ground out by Will Lawyer.  This made the score 3-1 and the Panthers held on to close out the game with the victory.  Matthew led the Panthers with two hits and one RBI.  Jacob Robinson also contributed two singles.  Will Lawyer earned the victory for the Panthers pitching all five innings.  He allowed one earned run on four hits.  He walked one and struck out two.  The JV team is now 4-3 on the season.

Mar 23 2015

Top Finish for PAC Archers

The PAC Archery Team wrapped up its first season Saturday at the West Ashley Invitational in Charleston with the top spot in the high school male division.  Isaac Morgan shot his personal best score for the season to win the first place medal for the Panthers.  Also finishing strong with new personal best scores were Caleb Shealy, Briley Bunn, Ethan Matson, Emma Matson, Mary-Grace Korycki, and Audrey Taylor.  Congratulations to the entire team on a fantastic first season!  You’ve competed successfully with grace and class against established teams and demonstrated your ability to the entire state – can’t wait to see what next season will hold!  Nock on!Isaac 1st Place

Mar 19 2015

Panthers Stymie Crusaders on the Diamond 7-1

The Varsity Panthers moved up their game with the Crusaders from Laurens Academy from Thursday night to Wednesday night to avoid the rain and then moved up their win total for the year from six to seven.  Trevor Dacus was dominant on the mound, pitching a complete game for the Panthers only allowing the one earned run.  He gave up three hits, struck out four and walked four.  He faced the minimum of three batters in three innings and, other than the player who scored, only allowed one other Crusader batter to reach third base.  The Crusaders hit a lot of ground balls against Trevor and the Panther infield was up to the task, turning one double play and making every play there was to make.  Shortstop Anderson Blevins had five assists and second baseman, Cole Plyler had three assists.  The Panthers struck first in the top of the first inning when James Reed reached first on an infield single, and scored on a double by Clay Dickinson.  After a quiet second inning, the Panthers added two runs in the top of the third.  Anderson led off with an infield single and he advanced to second when Pat Brunson was hit by a pitch.  James Reed singled to score Anderson from second and Clay reached on an error to load the bases.  Trevor Dacus hit into a 4-6-3 (second-short-first) double play that scored Pat from third.  The Crusader shortstop (Austin Fowler) then made a nice play on a hard grounder by Cal Hucks up the middle to rob Cal of a hit and an RBI to end the inning.  The Crusaders scraped for their lone run in the bottom of the third.  With two outs, Austin Fowler bunted to reach first base safely and then went all the way to third when the Panther throw to first sailed over the first baseman’s head.  Austin then stole home scoring when Trevor’s pitch, a breaking ball, was in the dirt preventing the Panthers catcher, Daniel Williams, from fielding the ball cleanly.  The Panthers got that run back right away scoring once in the top of the fourth inning.  Cole Plyler was hit by a pitch and was advanced to second on a nice sacrifice bunt by Daniel Williams.  Anderson then lined a pitch into left field scoring Cole from second.  The Panthers added two more runs in the top of the fourth inning.  James Reed and Clay Dickinson had back to back singles to open the inning.  Trevor Dacus then walked to load the bases.  James Reed scored on an infield single by John Edens and Clay scored on a fielder’s choice off of the bat of Carson Floyd.  The Panthers scored their last run in the top of sixth inning.  James Reed singled with two outs and Clay Dickinson hit a long double that rattled the fence down the left field line, easily scoring James on the play.  Game Notes: The Panthers had eleven total assists in the game, a mark only eclipsed by the ten inning game earlier this season against the Low Country Wildcats where the Panthers had fifteen assists. This win was Trevor’s third pitching victory of the season.  The Panthers had 23 productive at bats in this game versus a per game goal of 14.  A productive bat is one of the following eight outcomes of an at bat: 1) a hit; 2) a walk; 3) a sacrifice bunt; 4) a sacrifice fly; 5) being hit by the pitcher or reaching first due to catcher’s interference; 6) moving the lead runner up with an out; 7) moving the lead runner up on an error and 8) an eight pitch at bat (this drives up the pitcher’s pitch count quicker and possibly removes a pitcher from the game who has been effective against our hitters).

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