Apr 24 2014

Panther Baseball Defeats Thomas Sumter Generals

Panthers (V) 12                 Thomas Sumter 7

The Panthers improved to a remarkable 15-5 Tuesday night besting the Generals from Thomas Sumter Academy by a score of 12-7. This game was tight until the fifth inning at which time the Panthers were finally able to pull away. The Generals jumped out to an early lead by plating three runs in the top of the first inning on three hits and one walk. The Panthers answered in kind, by scoring three of their own in the bottom of the first. Anderson Blevins and Caleb Wilson both walked to start the game. They each advanced one base on a wild pitch and then both scored on a single by Alex Blevins. Alex advanced to second on the throw home and then on to third on a passed ball. Sean West drove in Alex on a ground out to short. The Generals retook the lead in the top of the second inning by scoring two runs. Again the Panthers answered and tied the game back up. Pat Brunson reached on a fielder’s choice. He stole second base and eventually scored on a passed ball. Anderson walked for the second time and scored when his brother, Alex, got his second hit of the game. The Panthers finally held the Generals without scoring in the top of the third and took the lead by plating one run in the bottom of the frame. Jake Brunson singled, eventually scoring on a ground out by his brother, Pat. The Generals regrouped and retook the lead in the top of the 4th inning by scoring two runs. The Panthers tied the game back up when Alex reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on a single by Sean. The Generals were done scoring; but fortunately, the Panthers were not and scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to put the game away. With one out, Clay Dickinson singled to left field. Clay stole second, went to third on a passed ball and scored on an infield hit by Anderson. Anderson stole second base and for the third time in the game, scored on a hit by Alex; this time a triple to deep center field. Sean followed Alex’s triple with a double to deeper center field scoring Alex. James Reed slapped his first hit of the night to left field. Courtesy runner, Daniel Barfield (for Sean) then scored on a double steal. James advanced to third and scored on another double steal. This completed the scoring for both teams and good pitching and defense by the Panthers over the final innings completed the victory. The Generals actually outhit the Panthers (11-9), but the Panthers got some big hits when it counted; hitting .368 with runners in scoring position. The Panthers were also aggressive on the base paths stealing nine bases. Alex Blevins led the hit parade with three hits, including a triple, and drove in a season high four runs. He also scored three. Sean West pounded out two hits, including the double deep to center field, and had three RBI’s. Anderson reached base four times and scored three runs. Daniel Reed was the starting pitcher for PAC, pitching one and one third innings. He allowed five runs (three earned) on four hits and one walk. He was replaced by Clay Dickinson who pitched two and one third innings. He allowed two earned runs on four hits and three walks. Alex Blevins earned the win, pitching the final three and one third innings. He surrendered three hits but did not walk anyone or allow any runs. He struck out two. Game Notes: The Panthers improved their record to 15-5; continuing to add to their record win total. They are now 10 games over .500. The Panthers play Richard Winn Academy (13-3) Thursday in Winnsboro.

Apr 22 2014

Panthers Beat the Cardinals on the Diamond

Panthers (JV) 6                 Cardinal Newman 3

The junior varsity squad improved to 9-4 defeating Cardinal Newman Monday night at Bray Park in West Columbia. Cardinal Newman scored first, plating one run in the first inning. Their leadoff hitter, Depalma, walked and scored on a single with one out. The Cardinals made three nice plays in the bottom of the first inning to keep the Panthers off the scoreboard and added to their lead in the top of the second inning when a walk and an error came back to haunt the Panthers. The Panthers showed signs of life in the third inning by scoring two runs. Matthew Derrick and Daniel Williams opened the Panther’s half of the inning with consecutive singles. John Edens hit a sacrifice fly to score Matthew and Daniel scored on an error by the Cardinals shortstop. In the fourth inning, the Panthers completed their comeback and leaped to the lead by scoring two more runs. Cole Plyler walked and eventually scored on a wild pitch. Matthew Derrick slapped his second hit in a row to left field and eventually scored on a passed ball. The Panthers scored two more runs in the fifth inning. Cal Hucks reached via an error and Carson Floyd reached when he was hit by a pitch with both scoring on an error by the Cardinal left fielder. The Cardinals could not score in the sixth inning and the game was halted to allow the varsity game to begin on time. The Panthers only had five hits on the night. Matthew Derrick was the only player with multiple hits collecting two singles on the night. Cole Plyer was the starting pitcher for the Panthers. He pitched one and one third innings allowing three runs, two of which were earned. He gave up two hits, walked four and struck out two. Cal Hucks relieved him on the mound and pitched one and two thirds innings. He allowed no hits or runs and struck out two and walked two. John Edens then took his turn on the mound. He pitched one inning allowing two hits but no runs. William Lawyer finished the game on the mound pitching two innings. He allowed no hits or runs and struck out one. The JV campaign is now completed and as stated above, the JV squad finished with a final record of 9-4.

Panthers (V) 10                 Cardinal Newman 0

The Panther varsity squad set a new mark for victories in a season when they won their 14th game of the 2014 campaign. The Panthers dominated in all phases of the game in one of their most complete games of the year. Panther pitching limited the Cardinals to four hits; the defense was solid all night and Panther batters pounded out ten hits in scoring their ten runs. Starting pitcher, Trevor Dacus, earned the win by pitching four innings of shutout ball. He allowed three hits and struck out ten. He walked five. Clay Dickinson pitched the final inning, completing the shutout. He struck out two batters and allowed one hit. The Panther batters started in the bottom of the first inning and scored in every inning until the game ended. Anderson Blevins, coming back from his thumb injury, started everything off with an infield hit to begin the bottom of the first inning. After Caleb Wilson grounded out, Alex Blevins walked. Anderson scored when Sean West laced a double to deep left field. Alex scored on a single by Clay Dickinson and Daniel Reed, running as a courtesy runner for Sean, scored on a ground out by Jake Brunson. The Panthers added one more in the bottom of the second when James Reed, also returning from an injury, singled and later scored on a double by Caleb Wilson. The run parade continued in the third inning when the Panthers plated two more runs. With one out, Clay doubled to left field. Jake Brunson singled scoring Clay. Jake stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a ground out by James Reed. The Panthers scored four more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Caleb singled with one out. Alex followed Caleb with a hit of his own. Caleb later scored on a throwing error and Alex scored on a single by Sean West. Daniel Reed, running for the Panther’s catcher Sean West, scored on a single by Jake Brunson and Clay Dickinson singled and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Trevor Dacus. Clay pitched the top of the 5th inning for PAC and the game ended early as the Panthers were up by ten runs after five innings. Caleb Wilson, Sean West, Clay Dickinson, Jake Brunson and James Reed all had two hits for the Panthers with Caleb, Sean and Clay all collecting doubles. Jake Brunson had three RBI’s and Sean West had two. The Panthers record is now 14-5 and they return to the field on Tuesday when they host Thomas Sumter Academy. Game time is 6:00 weather permitting.

Apr 16 2014

Barons Best Panthers

Panthers (JV) versus Wilson Hall – Rained Out

Panthers (V) 0                   Wilson Hall 4

The Panthers fell to the Barons from Wilson Hall in Sumter on Tuesday night by a score of 4-0.  This victory was Wilson Hall’s eighteenth win against zero losses in 2014.  The loss dropped PAC’s record to 13-5.  Quality pitching by the Baron’s limited the Panthers to two hits.  One was a line drive to right center field by Clay Dickinson and the other was a hit up the middle by Alex Blevins that the Baron’s pitcher got a glove on and deflected to the second baseman but they could not throw Alex out at first.  The Barons pitching stymied Panther batters all night; striking out fourteen and walking only one.  The Barons scored their first run on a solo home run to right center by Kemper Patton, the Baron’s right fielder.  The Barons added three more runs in the fifth inning when they got the bases loaded with no outs and managed to drive in all three runs with a couple of singles and a fielder’s choice.  The Panthers played solid defense all night with Jacob Cain making several nice plays at second base and Alex Blevins making a great sliding catch in center field.  Jake Brunson was the starting pitcher against the Barons.  He pitched four and one third innings allowing four runs but only three of which were earned.  He only allowed two hits and struck out six.  Daniel Reed relieved Jake on the mound pitching the final one and two thirds innings.  He allowed no runs and two hits while striking out one.  The Panthers look to establish a new win record next Monday night when they take on the Cardinals from Cardinal Newman

Apr 15 2014

Panthers Sweep Calhoun Academy

Panther (JV) 7                   Calhoun Academy 6

In the first of two close games, the Panthers clawed their way to victory against another set of Cavaliers; this time from Calhoun Academy in St. Matthews, South Carolina.  The winning run scored in the sixth inning when the Calhoun Academy pitcher balked in the winning run.  Calhoun Academy dented the scoring column first by plating two runs in the second inning without getting a hit.  They added two more in the third inning on the strength of three straight singles.  The Panthers got one back in the third when Daniel Williams scored on a double by Danny Waller.  The Panthers held the Cavaliers scoreless in the top of the fourth and then scored one run in the bottom.  Parker Pocock singled and eventually scored on a passed ball.  In the top of the fifth inning, two Panther errors allowed the Cavaliers to score their fifth run.  In the bottom of the frame, the Panthers scored three runs to tie the game.  Four walks with a strikeout right in the middle scored the first run.  Daniel Williams was hit by a pitch driving in the second run of the inning and then Matthew Derrick was hit by a pitch to score the last run.  Because of the approaching rain, the coaches had agreed beforehand that this would be played as a five inning game, but with the score tied after five, the game now moved into extra innings.  Calhoun Academy scored one run in the top of the sixth when Fuller Prickett reached on an error and scored on a single to left field which was then booted for an error.  The Panthers came to bat in the bottom of the last inning trailing by one run.  Danny Waller opened the inning with a double.  With one out, Danny scored on a single by William Lawyer.  Carson Floyd was hit by a pitch and both runners moved up one base on a passed ball.  William then scored on a balk call when the Cavalier pitcher moved after having come set on the mound.  The Panthers won despite being outhit six to four.  Danny Waller led the team with the two doubles.  Parker Pocock and William had the only other hits on the night.  Eli Williams was the starting pitcher for PAC pitching three innings and allowing four runs, two of which were earned.  He gave up four hits and struck out three.  Parker Pocock earned the win in relief pitching three innings.  He allowed only two unearned runs.  He allowed two hits while striking out four.  The Junior Varsity squad is now 8-4.

Panthers (V) 5                   Calhoun Academy (4)

In an exciting conclusion to the PAC and Calhoun Academy double header on Monday night, the Panthers prevailed in extra innings just like the Junior Varsity team had done hours before.  The Panthers scored the first run of the game in the second inning when Pat Brunson singled and then scored on a single by Trevor Dacus which was misplayed by the Cavalier left fielder.  Calhoun Academy took the lead in the top of the fourth inning when they loaded the bases with no outs.  Zane Grey, not the author, then hit into a traditional 6-4-3 double play (Blevins to Wilson to Ellis) driving in one run and leaving a man on third.  That man scored on a single by Alex Steadman.  The Panthers retook the lead in the bottom of the fourth.  Sean West led off with a double to deep right field.  His courtesy runner, Daniel Reed, advance to third on a passed ball.  With one out, Pat Brunson walked and then promptly stole second base.  Trevor lined his second hit of the night to left field scoring Daniel; Pat also scoring when the left fielders throw got away from the catcher.  This left the score Panthers 3 Calhoun Academy two after four innings.  The Cavaliers tied the game up in the top of the fifth when a sacrifice fly scored Ryan Sandifer who had reached base via a base on balls.  The Panthers reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the inning when Alex Blevins doubled and scored on an error by the Cavalier second baseman.  The Cavaliers came right back in the top of the sixth and tied the game when Zane Grey stroked his second hit of the game to right center field.  An error by the Panthers prolonged the inning and Zane scored on a fielder’s choice by the Cavalier lead-off batter.  The score was now tied 4-4 and it stayed that way until extra innings.  In the top of the eighth, the Cavaliers had one reach base but he was stranded there when the next two batters flied out and struck out.  In the bottom of the frame, Trevor Dacus lined his third hit of the night to left field.  In a bunting situation, the Cavalier fielders lost track of Trevor allowing him to steal second base.  Jacob Cain then bunted advancing Trevor to third and Jacob reached first safely when the Cavalier fielders held onto the ball trying to prevent Trevor from scoring.  Jacob stole second base trying to draw a throw from their catcher but the Cavaliers did not take the bait.  Anderson Blevins came into pinch hit for JC Ellis.  On the third pitch of the at bat, the Cavalier hurler Zane Grey threw a curve ball in the dirt which bounced away from the catcher.  Trevor broke towards home on the pitch thinking a suicide squeeze play was on and was able to score when the catcher could not retrieve the ball in time.  This made the final score PAC 5 Calhoun Academy 4.  The Panthers had nine hits on the evening.  Trevor led the way with three singles and had one RBI.  Jacob Cain was the only other Panther batter with more than one hit (two singles).  Alex and Sean West both had doubles.  Trevor Dacus also started the game on the mound for the Panthers and turned in the performance the Panthers needed to halt their recent three game slide.  He pitched four innings allowing three earned runs.  He gave up four hits while striking out two.  JC Ellis earned the win in his relief appearance pitching four stellar innings.  He allowed one unearned run on three hits.  He also struck out three and did not walk a batter.  The Panthers Varsity team is now 13-4 on the season.

Game Notes:     1) The Panther varsity team has now tied their record for victories in a year (13).

2) James Reed missed his first game due to ankle injury he suffered on Saturday against the Anderson Cavaliers.

3) Although Anderson made a brief pinch hitting appearance tonight, his thumb injury continues to keep him out of the lineup.  This is the fourth straight game he has missed.

Apr 15 2014

Panther Baseball Gets Swept by Anderson Cavaliers

Panthers (JV) 7                 Anderson Cavaliers 8

The Panther junior varsity squad lost a heart breaker on Saturday against the Cavaliers from Anderson when they allowed four runs in the seventh inning.  The early part of the game was low scoring with the Cavaliers scoring one run in the first and one run in the third to lead 2-0.  The Panthers finally got on the board by scoring one run in the fourth.  Cole Plyler reached via an error and scored on a single by Cal Hucks.  The Cavaliers added to their lead by plating two more runs in the top of the fifth, taking advantage of a double and a Panther error.  The Panthers responded in the bottom of the fifth by scoring five runs to take the lead.  With one out, Daniel Williams and John Edens hit consecutive singles.  The Cavaliers then helped the Panther cause by committing an error at third on a grounder by Cole Plyler.    Cal Hucks then walked to load the bases and William Lawyer, continuing his good hitting of late, hit a triple to clear the bases.  William later scored on a single by Carson Floyd.  The Panthers added a run in the sixth when the Cavaliers walked four straight batters to score Daniel Williams.  In the top of the seventh, things came apart for the Junior Varsity squad.  The first batter of the inning walked.  The second was hit by a pitch and the next batter reached on an error.  The next three batters reached when two of them were hit by the pitch and the other reached on an error.  You add in a walk and a sacrifice fly and pretty soon you have let your opponent score four runs without allowing a hit.  The Panthers tried to rally in the bottom of the inning but stranded a runner at third.  The Panthers had eight hits on the game.  William Lawyer had the triple and Carson Floyd had three singles.  The Panthers pitched well enough to win but, in the end, their defense let them down.  Matthew Derrick pitched the first four innings.  He allowed four runs, two of which were earned, on five hits.  He struck out ten and walked three.  William Lawyer relieved him on the mound and pitched the fifth and sixth innings.  He allowed three unearned runs without giving up a hit.  Danny Waller pitched the final inning and gave up one unearned run.  The Panther Junior Varsity squad is now 7-4.

 

Panthers (V) 11                 Anderson Cavaliers 14

The varsity squad lost its third game in a row in a Saturday afternoon slugfest at Bray Park in West Columbia.  The Panthers took an early lead in the bottom of the first when James Reed scored on a single by Alex Blevins.  The Panthers added two more runs in the bottom of the second.  Trevor Dacus walked with one out.  Jacob Cain was later hit by a pitch and he and Trevor both advanced a base on a passed ball.  With two outs, Daniel Reed hit a fly ball to left center field which was dropped by the center fielder when he attempted to make a running catch thus allowing Trevor and Jacob to score.  The Cavaliers fought back in the top of the third inning scoring three runs to tie the game.  In the bottom of the third, the Panthers retook the lead when Alex doubled to deep left field with one out and scored on a single by Jake Brunson.  The Panthers went up by two in the bottom of the fourth when Daniel Reed singled and scored on a double by Caleb Wilson.  The Cavaliers tied the score once again in the top of the fifth when the Panthers committed two errors to open the door for them.  The Panthers answered again in the bottom of the fifth when they clawed for one run to retake the lead when Sean West was hit by a pitch and scored on a double by Jake Brunson.  The Cavaliers plated six runs in the top of the sixth inning on three hits.  They also took advantage of three walks and two Panther errors.   The Panthers were held scoreless in the bottom of the sixth so the Cavaliers came to bat in the last inning with a five run lead.  They added to this total by plating three additional runs on four straight hits.  The Panthers now trailed by eight runs and made a valiant attempt to come back by scoring five runs but ultimately falling short.  The Panthers pounded out five straight hits in the rally with Caleb Wilson knocking a two run triple.  The Panthers had thirteen hits for the night, normally enough to win; however, they gave up fifteen hits and made eight errors.  After struggling with the bats over the past couple of games, it is good to see the bats reawaken.  Multiple Panther batters had more than one hit: Caleb Wilson (double and triple); James Reed (two singles); Alex Blevins (single and double); Jake Brunson (single and double); and Daniel Reed (two singles).  The other four starters all had at least one hit.  Caleb Wilson, Jake Brunson and Jacob Cain all had two RBI’s.  Daniel Reed was the Panther starter.  He lasted four innings and allowed three runs, none of which were earned.  He gave up six hits.  Jake Brunson replaced Daniel on the mound and pitched one inning.  He allowed five runs (three earned), on three hits.  Alex ended the game on the mound for PAC; allowing three runs (two earned) on two hits.  The Panthers are now 12-4 on the year and next face some more Cavaliers (Calhoun Academy).  On a side note, Anderson Blevins missed his third consecutive game as he nurses his thumb injury sustained during the game against Robert E Lee and the Panthers lost James Reed during this game when he severely twisted his ankle late in the game.  After the game, the coaches talked to the players about the length of the season and how we were all tired as we bring our third month of baseball to a close.  We discussed the need for perseverance and finishing, strongly the race set before us.  Needless to say, this has an impact on their life beyond baseball and is a good reminder for the coaches as well as we are dragging a bit as well.  The Panther varsity team is now 12-4.

Apr 15 2014

Panther Middle School Baseball Falls to Cardinals

Panthers (MS) 1                               Cardinal Newman 12

The Panther Middle School baseball team lost 12-1 at Cardinal Newman on Friday night.  The Panthers wasted a lead-off single by Avery Blevins when he was stranded at third in the top of the first inning.  In the bottom of the frame, the Cardinals scored seven runs against the Panther defense.  In that inning, the Panthers walked five batters and committed two errors.  The Cardinals only had two hits in the rally.  This seemed to deflate the young Panthers and they never recovered.  The Panthers scored their lone run in the fourth inning when Matthew Derrick reached via a walk and eventually scored on a wild pitch.  The Panthers only had two hits in this game; the lead-off single by Avery and a solid single by Noah Squires.  Three Panther hurlers toed the rubber during the game.  Collectively they gave up seven earned runs on nine hits.  They also walked eight batters.  The middle school is now 5-5.

Apr 11 2014

Panthers and Highlanders Mix it Up on the Diamond

Panthers (JV) 23               Heathwood 6

The Panthers scored early and often in beating the Highlanders from Heathwood Hall on Thursday night.  They had seventeen hits and scored in every inning.  Multiple Panther hitters had more than one hit and they include John Edens (three hits and four RBI’s); Cal Hucks (two hits and two RBI’s); William Lawyer (three hits and three RBI’s); Parker Pocock (two hits and one RBI); and Eli Williams (one hit and three RBI’s).    Cal Hucks was the starting pitcher for PAC.  He went one inning giving up four earned runs.  He struck out one, walked two and allowed three hits.  Carson Floyd relieved Cal and pitched two thirds of an inning.  He walked two and hit one batter while not allowing any hits or runs.  John Edens pitched the final two and one third innings.  He allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits.  He struck out four and walked two.  The Panther JV squad is now 7-3.

Panthers (V) 4                   Heathwood 6

The Highlanders avenged a defeat from earlier in the season when the beat the Panthers 6-4 at Bray Park on Thursday night.  This was an exciting game that was nip and tuck the whole game and only ended the Panthers stranded the tying runs at second and third.  This game was a little unusual in that the Panthers got to face the Highlander’s pitching ace.  Normally this does not happen as the best pitcher on a team is reserved for conference games but it was different this time due to the way the schedule fell this week for Heathwood. Will Detwiler, who started for Heathwood, will be attending the College of Charleston next year on a pitching scholarship.  The Panther coaches told the players that facing Detwiler was a compliment to the program and that they should embrace the challenge.  Heathwood scored on a run in the top of the first inning when Duffy Beal reached on an infield single and scored on a double by Matt Zielinski.  The Panthers answered back in the bottom of the frame when Alex Blevins scored on a single by Clay Dickinson.  The Highlanders reclaimed the lead in the top of the second inning when Madison Walden scored on an error after reaching base due to being hit by the pitcher.  The score stayed 2-1 until the bottom of the third inning when the Panther once again tied the score.  Sean West was hit by a pitch.  JC Ellis (courtesy runner for the catcher) advanced to third on another single by Clay.  JC then scored on a wild pitch.  The Highlanders took the lead again in the top of the fourth inning when Madison Walden scored on a groundout by Brandon Walden.  Heathwood went up by two runs in the fifth when Duffy Beal scored on a single by Davis Bland.  The Panthers cut the two run deficit in half in the bottom of the fifth when James Reed blasted a triple to deep left center field and scored when Alex Blevins hit a screamer right back at the pitcher who, in an effort to defend himself, threw up his glove and managed to deflect the ball to the shortstop who threw Alex out at first.  The scored stayed that way until the seventh inning.  In the top of the seventh, the Highlanders scored two runs to build their lead to three.  The Panthers managed to score one run but the game ended with the bases full of Panthers when the Highlanders induced two fly ball outs to end the game.  James Reed and Clay Dickinson both had two hits for the Panthers.  Trevor Dacus had the only other hit for PAC.  James Reed started for the Panthers allowing four runs; three of which were earned.  He allowed five hits and struck out eight Highlanders.  JC Ellis finished the game for PAC.  He allowed only two runs both of which were unearned.  He struck out three and allowed one hit.  The Panther varsity team is now 12-3.

Apr 09 2014

Panthers and Skyhawks Split on the Diamond

Panthers (JV) 6                 Hammond 5

This game contained all the excitement that the varsity game which followed lacked.  The Panthers prevailed 6-5 when they pushed a run across in the bottom of the last inning on an infield single by Cole Plyer.    The Panthers took the game’s first lead when they plated one run in the first inning.  Danny Waller reached on an error and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly to center field by William Lawyer.  Parker Pocock, the Panthers starting pitcher, set the Skyhawks down in order in the top of the second and the Panthers added to their lead in the bottom of the frame.  Cole Plyer was walked to start the inning.  He advance to second and third on wild pitches and scored on a groundout by Parker.  Parker again set the Skyhawks down in order in the third and, again, the Panthers added to their lead.  Danny Waller led off the bottom of the third with a double.  He scored on a single by William Lawyer.  William later scored on an RBI ground out by Cole Plyer.  The Skyhawks begin to stretch their wings in the top of the fourth by scoring one run on one hit.  The Panthers went quietly in the fourth inning and in the top of the fifth, the Skyhawks soared to the front by plating four runs.  They accomplished this with four hits and at least two Panther mental miscues in the field.  Now losing 5-4, the Panthers clawed back one run in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the game.  Daniel Williams reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on an RBI single by Cal Hucks.  William Lawyer, now pitching for the Panthers, set the team from Hammond down in order in the top of the seventh inning bringing the Panthers to the plate in the last inning with a chance to win the game.  William worked a walk and stole second base.  He advanced to third on a groundout by Carson Floyd and scored on the infield single by Cole.  The Panthers out slugged the Skyhawks nine to seven.  Daniel Williams pounded a triple to deep left field and also had a single.  Cole was the only other Panther hitter with two hits and also had two RBI’s.  William Lawyer scored two runs and also had two RBI’s.   Danny Waller scored twice.  As mentioned before, Parker started the game for the Panthers.  To my knowledge this is the first time he has pitched and he had a great first outing.  He lasted four one third innings giving up the four earned runs.  He walked four, struck out four and allowed four hits.  William Lawyer relieved Parker on the mound and allowed one unearned run.  The Skyhawks got three hits off of William and he struck out one and did not walk a batter.  The Junior Varsity squad is now 6-3 on the season.

Panthers (V) 0                   Hammond 9

The Panther varsity team continued its futility against the Skyhawks from Hammond on Tuesday night at Bray Park losing by a score of 9-0.  The Panthers only had one hit, a single by Clay Dickinson in the 2nd inning in being shut out for the first time this season.  There were several other well hit balls but they always seemed to be right at someone or hung in the air long enough for the Hammond fielders to run down and there were not nearly enough to make a difference in this game.  The Skyhawks scored six runs in the 2nd inning effectively taking any intrigue out of the game early.  The Panthers never seriously threatened to get back into the game.  The Skyhawks added two runs in the fourth inning and a single run in the fifth.  Jake Brunson started the game for the Panthers and lasted four innings.  He allowed eight runs; four of which were earned.  He gave up five hits, walked one and struck out six.  Daniel Reed followed Jake on the mound pitching three innings.  He allowed one unearned run on two hits.  He did not walk a batter and struck out two. The Panthers are now 12-2 on the year and play Heathwood Hall on Thursday night at Bray Park.

Apr 09 2014

Baseball Sweeps Low Country Wildcats

Panthers (MS) 17             Low Country Wildcats 2

The youngest Panther baseball team squared off against fellow felines from the lower part of the state and, on this day, the Panthers showed they were nastier cats.  The Panthers blew this game open early plating five runs in the first inning; one in the second; ten in the third and one in the fourth.  The Wildcats scored their two runs in the top of the fourth inning.  Micah West pitched four innings to pick up the win.  He allowed the two runs, both of which were earned.  The Wildcats got two hits off of Micah but struck out nine times against him.  He only walked three batters.  David Hucks relieved Micah and pitched one third of an inning striking out one.  Noah Squires came on to finish the game getting one strikeout.  The Panthers pounded out twelve hits in the game.  Avery Blevins, Caleb Green, Jacob Robinson, Nick Beach and Tyler Thomason all had two hits.  Micah West helped his cause with a bases clearing triple in the third inning.  Caleb Green had three RBI’s and Nick Beach and Tyler Thomason had two RBI’s a piece.  The young Panthers are now 5-4.

Panthers (V) 14                 Low Country Wildcats 1

The Low Country Wildcats did not field a team last year and in their first year back on the diamond they are fielding young teams for both middle school and varsity.  Accordingly the Panthers sat their senior players and even called five or six junior varsity players up for the game to give them interaction with the varsity players and experience in a varsity game.  The Wildcats only scored one run in the game; scoring it in the 4th inning.  The Panthers went quietly in the 1st inning, but blew the game open in the second by scoring seven runs.  JC Ellis led off with a triple.  He scored on a groundout by Daniel Reed.  Daniel Barfield was hit by a pitch and scored when Caleb Wilson doubled down the third baseline.  Caleb scored on a single by Pat Brunson who later scored on a passed ball.  James Reed was walked and later scored on an error.  Clay Dickinson hit a single; Trevor Dacus was walked and both scored when JC hit his second triple of the inning.  The Panthers added five more runs in the third inning.  The big blow was a double by Grant Floyd.    In the 4th inning, the Panthers plated two more runs.  Cal Hucks had an RBI triple and Pat Brunson hit a sacrifice fly to drive in the last run of the game.  Pat Brunson was the winning pitcher going three innings.  He allowed no runs and one hit.  He struck out six and walked one.  Daniel Reed finished the game on the mound for PAC, pitching two scoreless innings.  He struck out five of the six batters he faced.  The Panthers pounded out nine hits.  JC Ellis had two triples and knocked in two runs.  Grant Floyd had a double and a single.  Cal Hucks slammed a triple and Caleb and James Reed both knocked doubles.  Pat Brunson had two RBI’s.  The Panther varsity squad is 12-1.

Apr 04 2014

Panther Baseball Splits with Robert E Lee Cavaliers

Panthers (MS) 2                               Robert E Lee Academy 12

The young Panthers faced a much improved over last year team from Robert E Lee Academy and the tables were turned.  Last year, the Panthers won both games against the Cavaliers rather easily but this year the opposite occurred.  After the Panthers went 1-2-3 in the top of the first inning, the Cavaliers really put the game away in the bottom of the frame by sending thirteen batters to the plate; slapping out three hits; accepting seven walks and scoring eight runs.  The Cavaliers scored one more run in the second inning; two more in the third and one in the fifth to end the game early.  The Panthers scored lone runs in the fourth and fifth innings.  In the fourth, Cal Hucks scored on an infield groundout after reaching base via a single.  In the fifth inning, Noah Squires scored on a single by Cal Hucks after reaching base via a walk.  The Panthers only had four hits with Cal collecting two.  William Lawyer and Carson Floyd had the other two hits.  Cal Hucks was the starting pitcher for the Panthers going one third of an inning.  He gave up eight earned runs on three hits, walking six.  He was replaced by Carson Floyd who pitched two and two thirds innings.  Carson allowed three runs, one earned.  He gave up three hits and three walks while striking out two.  William Lawyer finished the game and allowed one unearned run on two hits.  He struck out one.  The Panther middle school team is now 4-4 on the season.

Panthers (V) 10                 Robert E Lee Academy 8

The varsity squad continues to find ways to keep winning beating the Cavaliers from Robert E Lee Academy (11-3) on the Cavaliers home field by a score of 10-8.  This was a game in which the Panthers built a sizeable lead and then held on for dear life.  Great and even routine plays early in the game did not seem that important at the time they were made, but those same plays take on extra significance as the game continues to play out.  Some of these plays last night included Clay Dickinson stopping a rocket and throwing the runner out at first in the bottom of the first; Anderson Blevins making a nice backhand play at short and getting a lead runner out at second base in the third inning; Alex Blevins making a diving catch in the outfield grass in the fifth inning to save a run; and Jake Brunson or Clay Dickinson getting a big strikeout when the team needed it.  Life is a lot like this as things happen around us that we do not truly understand the significance of at the time.  But as you get older, you can look back at those seminal moments and begin to see the tapestry being woven in our lives by our sovereign God.  I’m glad I serve a God who is much bigger than me.  Anyway back to the game.  Both teams went down easily in the first two innings without scoring a run.  In the top of the third inning, the Panthers showed their claws by scoring five runs.  The Cavalier pitcher opened the inning by walking four of the first five batters he faced.  Pat Brunson scored the first run of the inning on a passed ball.  Anderson Blevins and Caleb Wilson both scored when the Cavaliers had Anderson in a run-down between second and third but threw the ball over the third baseline fence.  Sean West scored on a RBI single by Clay Dickinson and Clay scored when James Reed slammed a double to deep left center field.  The Panthers added two more in the fourth inning.  With one out, Anderson reached base on an error.  He stole second base and scored on a single by Sean West.  Alex scored the second run of the inning when he reached via a walk and scored on an error by the Cavalier right fielder.  The Panthers made the score 8-0 in the top of the sixth when Alex slammed a triple to right field and scored on a passed ball, getting a great jump on ball that only rolled about seven or eight feet from  the catcher.  The Cavaliers finally dented the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth inning when Denton Lee hit a solo homerun to right field.  The Panthers scored the winning runs (as it would turn out) in the top of the seventh.  With one out, Jake Brunson hit a single to right center field.  He stole second base and advanced to third on a single by Pat Brunson.  Pat Brunson stole second base and the catchers throw went into centerfield allowing Jake to score and Pat to advance to third.  Pat then scored on a ground out by Jacob Cain.  This made the score 10-1 as the Cavaliers came to bat in the bottom of the seventh inning.  Before the inning was over, the Cavaliers would score seven runs and gather five hits, including a three run home run (Casey Kelley).  Panther pitchers would hit two batters and Panther fielders would commit two errors.  The tying run was at the plate when the Panthers finally and mercifully, recorded the last out and everyone, but especially the coaches and parents, could finally exhale.  The Panthers pounded out eleven hits in the game and were led by Sean West who had four hits with his last being a double.  Pat Brunson had two singles.  Trevor Dacus and James Reed both doubled and Alex tripled.  Both Anderson and Alex scored two runs and Sean, Clay, James and Jacob all drove in runs.  Jake Brunson started the game on the mound for the Panthers.  He pitched three innings allowing no runs on two hits.  Clay Dickinson relieved him on the mound and did fantastic in his first varsity action against good competition.  He pitched three innings allowing three earned runs before tiring in the seventh and being replaced by Alex Blevins.  Clay allowed four hits and struck out three and was the recipient of some stellar defensive plays behind him in the field.  Alex pitched the last inning.  He allowed five runs, only three of which were earned.  He gave up four hits before recording the final out on a ground out to short.  The varsity Panther squad is 11-1 on the season.  They take to the diamond against the Low Country Wildcats on Saturday before heading into their toughest week of the season (four games against quality opponents in six days)

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