May 03 2016

Panthers Dominate Baseball All-Conference Selections

South Carolina Home School Athletic Association All Conference Players

The Panthers had seven players named to the SCHSAA all-conference baseball teams this past Saturday at the tournament in Easley, South Carolina. This is the second consecutive year the conference has named first team and second team all-conference selections as voted on by the coaches.  The Panthers led all teams in 2016 with seven selections, with six named first team and one named to the second team.

Anderson Blevins was named to the first team all-conference team as the shortstop. He is hitting .438 with thirteen doubles and six triples.  He has driven in 25 runs, including a key, two out, two run triple in the state championship game.  He leads the team with 61 assists from his shortstop position and has twenty-three stolen bases.

James Reed was named to the first team all-conference as the first baseman (he also pitched for the Panthers). After the weekend’s action, James is batting .417 which is good for second on the team.  He has forty hits, including seven doubles, two triples and one home run.  James also pitched for the Panthers rolling up a 3-1 record with two saves (including the save in the state championship game).  He has victories against Ben Lippen, Augusta Christian and Orangeburg Prep.

Cal Hucks was named the first team all-conference 3rd baseman.  This 3rd Baseman/Pitcher is hitting .407, banging out seven doubles, two triples and two homeruns.  Cal has twenty-three RBI’s on the year.  On the mound, he has a record of 3-1.

Parker Pocock was the first team centerfielder selection. Parker is hitting .416 with five doubles, one triple and one homerun.  He is leading the team with thirty-four RBI’s including one in the state championship game.

Carson Floyd was the first team right fielder selection. Carson played left field/right field/3rd and pitched his way to a 4-2 record.  He is hitting .328 with three doubles.  He has seventeen RBI’s and leads the Panthers with the dubious distinction of being hit by opposing pitchers the most (8).

Matthew Derrick was named first team as a starting pitcher. Matthew had a 3-0 record in 2016, only allowing opponents to hit .221 against him.  He has displayed excellent control, striking out eighteen batters while only walking six.  He has only given up six earned runs.  He also showed his toughness by coming into several games with the bases loaded and no outs and he was able to limit the damage by opposing hitters, allowing PAC to stay in, and eventually win, several close games.

John Edens was the second team all-conference selection for left field. John is hitting .296 for the year with one double.  He also pitched for PAC, earning a record of 4-2.

May 02 2016

PAC Golf Team ends regular season 11-4 and leaves for National Championship

The 2016 PAC golf team completed it’s regular season Thursday with a win over White Knoll and a loss to Gilbert. The team lead by Player Coach Cooper Snow completed the season with a 11-4 record.  Now the team hops on a bus May 3rd for the drive to the National Christian Home School Championship.  It was a season long effort and highly competitive process to determine who the starting 5 players to make the trip would be.  Congratulations to the following players:

  1. Cooper Snow
  2. Zach Armentrout
  3. Maverick Mullinax
  4. Casey Britt
  5. Carlton Snow

 

It is a long drive to Springfield Mo. and we look forward to learning how they perform.  Sophi Carles, Zoe Carles, and Phoebe Carles will be competing as individuals in the championship.

May 02 2016

Panther Baseball Wins Second State Championship

State Championship – Finals                      Panthers (Varsity) – 5                    Upstate Eagles – 2

After defeating the Easley Guardians in the early game on Saturday morning, the Panthers had to wait to find out who their opponent would be in the championship game at 6:00. Their opponent turned out to be the Upstate Eagles who defeated the Low Country Wildcats by one run in the other semi-final.  The Panthers had defeated the Upstate Eagles earlier this year in Columbia by a score of 14-4 but this game would turn out to be a little closer.

The Panthers were the top seed of the tournament so they took to the field first and trotted out Daniel Williams to try and quiet the Eagles bats that were so loud in the other semi-final.   Daniel got the leadoff hitter to pop out to Cole at second.  He walked the next batter who advanced to third on a single by Caleb Miller.  With the Eagles cleanup hitter at the plate, Caleb broke for second to try and get two Eagle runners in scoring position but the Panther catcher (John Edens) gunned him down leaving a runner at third with two outs.  Daniel then got out of the inning with a strikeout, bringing the Panthers to the plate.

Anderson Blevins led off for the Panthers with a single but was thrown out at second on a steal attempt. John Edens then lined out for the second out of the inning.  James Reed singled and then the Eagles made a crucial error on a long fly ball by Cal Hucks which was dropped by the Eagle centerfielder.  This put Panthers on second and third but with two outs.  Parker Pocock hit a soft grounder to the Eagle shortstop, who waited on the ball, and made a hurried throw to first.  Parker was hustling down the line and beat the throw to first.  The hurried throw was low and pulled the first baseman off of the bag.  James scored on the play and Cal rounded third and broke for home when the first baseman lost track of the ball for a moment.  The first baseman finally found the ball and made a good throw to home but Cal slid in just before the tag and the Panthers led 2-0.  Daniel Williams lined out to centerfield to close out the Panthers half of the first inning.

Neither team seriously threatened in the second. Daniel Williams struck out the side in the top of the frame and the Panthers got two runners on but could not advance them past second.

The Upstate Eagles dented the scoreboard in the top of the third by scoring one run. The Eagle right fielder (Haas) walked with one out.  This brought the Eagle leadoff hitter (Moore) to the plate and he laid down a nice bunt putting runners on first and second.  A groundout to short (Anderson Blevins), advanced the two runners to second and third.  The runner on third scored on a passed ball which also advanced the runner on second to third.  Caleb Miller walked to put runners on first and third.  Caleb stole second on defensive indifference.  The next Eagle batter (Latzka) hit a ball down the third base line that struck the Eagle runner while he was in fair territory giving the Panthers their third out of the inning.

The Panthers re-established their two run advantage in their half of the third. James Reed smoked a ball to deep centerfield.  James was almost to third when the centerfielder retrieved the ball and made his throw to the Eagle cutoff.  The throw was low and scooted under the cutoffs glove allowing James to begin running again and score before they could get the ball back into the infield.  The Panthers led 3-1 after three innings.

The Eagles threatened in the fourth getting two different runners as far as third but they could not push a run across as the first runner at third got caught in a rundown and was tagged out for the second out of the inning. A strikeout ended the inning and the Panthers came to bat in the bottom of the fourth.  The Panthers got a runner to third but a double play ended the Panther’s scoring chance.

This brought us to the fifth inning and it turned out to be very interesting. The Eagle leadoff hitter (Moore) reached on a Panther error and then stole second base.  The next Eagle hitter walked putting runners on first and second with no outs.  A wild pitch advanced both runners to second and third.  Daniel bore down and got the next Eagle hitter with a strikeout.  Daniel also struck out the next batter, but the pitch hit the batter when he swung and the ball went to the backstop.  Per baseball rules, once the ball hit the batter it should have been ruled dead and all play stopped but the umpires said the ball was still live setting off a confusing chain of events.  With first unoccupied, the batter took off for first.  The runner on third scampered for home and the runner on second advanced to third.  The Panther coaches came out to protest the ruling but after the umpires huddled together to discuss the play, the call was allowed to stand and the Panthers lead was down to one (3-2) and the Eagles had runners on first and third with one out.  The next batter flew out to Carson Floyd in left field.  Carson made a nice throw to home after the catch, freezing the runner at third but the runner at second got too far off of second and the alert Panther catcher (Edens) threw behind him to get him for the third out.  The runner on third broke for home on the throw to second, but the Panthers tagged the runner at second out before the runner from third touched home so the run did not count.  The Panthers went down in order in the bottom of the fifth inning and momentum seemed to be definitely in the Eagle dugout.

Daniel induced the first batter in the top of the sixth to ground out to Cal at third base. He hit the next batter putting a runner at first.  Daniel was now near one hundred pitches and so the Panthers made a pitching change, bringing in James Reed in to try and save the game for the Panthers.  James struck out the first batter he faced and walked the second putting Eagle runners at first and second with two outs.  James then struck out the Eagle leadoff hitter to close out the top of the sixth brining the Panthers up to bat.

Daniel Williams led off for PAC and he walked but not after a little more controversy. He appeared to strike out with the pitch hitting him just like what happened to the Eagle batter earlier in the game.  They threw to first to complete the out but then Daniel was brought back up to the plate as the umpire called it a foul ball.  I personally did not hear it hit the bat but was grateful for the reprieve.  Eli William struck out and then Carson singled to advance Daniel to second.  Cole Plyler flew out to left field bringing Anderson up to bat with two outs and runners on first and second.    Anderson stroked the second pitch he saw to deep right field scoring both Daniel and Carson.  The Eagles then got John Edens to pop out to the catcher but they now trailed 5-2 and were down to their last chance at the plate.

The first batter for the Eagles grounded out to Cal at third. James walked the second batter of the inning but then struck out the Eagle clean-up hitter, leaving a runner at first with two outs.  The Eagle shortstop was the next batter and hit a sharp grounder to Cole at second which Cole fielded and tagged the Eagle runner trying to advance to second and the Panthers were state champs for the second year in a row.

The Panthers had eight hits in the game, led by Anderson with three (two singles and a triple). Anderson also had two RBI’s. James Reed contributed two hits with a single and a triple.  James also scored two runs.  Parker Pocock, Carson Floyd and Cole Plyler had the other hits for PAC.  Cal Hucks was robbed of an extra base hit in the fifth inning when the Eagle left fielder made a diving catch on a line shot.

Daniel Williams pitched five and one-third innings to pick up the win. He allowed two runs, neither of which were earned.  He struck out nine Eagle batters and walked or hit six.  He gave up three hits.  James Reed earned the save pitching the final one and two-thirds innings.  He did not allow any hits or runs; striking out three and walking two.

Game Notes:   The Panthers improved their record to 22-7 in winning their second consecutive state championship.  Anderson Blevins and James Reed were named to the All-tournament team and Daniel Williams was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

State Championship Semi-Finals              Panthers (Varsity) – 10                  Easley Guardians – 0     

The Panthers rolled to an easy victory over the Easley Guardians in the semi-finals of the South Carolina Homeschool Athletic Association baseball tournament early Saturday morning on Easley’s home field. The Panthers scored seven runs in the first inning and never looked back in their victory.  Anderson Blevins led off with a walk and promptly stole second.  He scored on a single by John Edens.  After two quick outs, the flood gates opened up for PAC.  Daniel Williams was hit by a pitch.  Parker Pocock followed with a single and both scored on Cole Plyler’s triple down the right field line.  Cole scored on a single by Carson Floyd and then Matthew Derrick drew a base on balls.  Carson and Matthew scored to close out the scoring in the first inning when John Edens reached on an error by the Easley third baseman.

The Panthers scored three more runs in the second inning before cruising to their victory in five innings. Austin Coates and Daniel Williams singled to begin the inning.  Parker doubled to left center field to score Austin and Daniel scored on a ground out by Tyler Thomason.

The Panthers had eight hits in the game led by Parker Pocock with two (single and a double). Parker also scored two runs.  Others with hits included John (single), Austin (single), Cole (triple), Daniel Williams (single), Carson (single) and Jacob Robinson (single).

The Panthers had five different pitchers toe the rubber in the game. All pitched well, limiting the Guardians to two hits.  Carson Floyd pitched the first inning and picked up the win.  He was followed to the mound by John, Danny Waller, Tyler and Will Lawyer.

The Panthers played good defense behind their pitchers turning two double plays in the game.   They had seven assists, led by Parker with two.

Game Notes: The victory improves the Panthers record 21 -7.  Avery Blevins played one inning (second base) with his brother at the varsity level, before Anderson graduates this year.

Apr 15 2016

JV and B-team Baseball Falls at Ben Lippen

Panthers (B-Team) – 3   Ben Lippen – 14

The young Panthers fell to the Falcons 14-3 on Wednesday night on Ben Lippen’s home field. I know the score does not look good, but I was there watching the game and the Panthers actually played very well, falling to a team that has now won ten games in a row.  They were simply outhit by the Falcons but the Panthers played well on defense and showed tremendous improvement from early in the season.

The Panthers scored one in the first when Will Owens walked and scored on a single by Billy Amick. The Panthers scored their second run the next inning when Thomas Weaver walked and scored on a single by Eshton Hinkle.  They scored their last run in the fourth when Eshton reached base on a fielder’s choice and scored on an error by the Falcon left fielder.

The Falcons scored runs in the first (1), third (5), fourth (3) and fifth (5) innings. They outhit the Panthers 13-3.

Justin Thurber started for PAC, pitching two and one third innings. He allowed three earned runs on five hits.  Andrew French pitched two thirds of an inning, allowing three runs (two earned).  Samuel Reed made an appearance on the mound pitching one inning.  He allowed seven runs (six earned).  Will Owens was the last pitcher for PAC and gave up on hit.

Game Notes: The Panthers B-Team is now 12-8.

Panthers (JV) – 8              Ben Lippen – 9

In spite of the loss, the Panther JV team showed tonight that it is moving in the right direction. The Panthers Junior Varsity lost to Ben Lippen 16-0 earlier in the season and this time, the Falcons needed a run in the bottom of the last inning to finally put away the game Panthers.

The Panthers fell behind 7-1 after three innings before they begin to claw their way back into the game. They scored three runs in the fourth inning to begin the long trip back.  David Hucks reached on an error and went to third on a single by Samuel Leslie. Samuel stole second and Ben Lippen threw to second to make the out.  Seeing the throw go by the pitcher, David broke for home.  Ben Lippen reacted and cut off the throw to second and fired the ball back towards home but David slid in safely just under the tag.  Samuel, in some heads up base running, also took third on the play.   Samuel then scored on a double by McKinley Proctor.  McKinley advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a ground out by Whit Melnyk to close out the scoring for PAC.  After four innings, the Panthers trailed 8-4.

The Panthers closed the gap by one run in the fifth when Micah singled and scored on a single by Samuel Leslie. This made the score 8-5.

The Panthers completed their uphill climb in the top of the sixth when they tied the game up (8-8) by scoring three runs. Avery Blevins singled and promptly stole second base.  Caleb Green hit a fly ball to right field that was dropped for an error.  Avery scored on the play and Caleb motored all the way to third.  Micah West was walked and stole second base.  Billy Amick hit a sacrifice play that scored Caleb from third.  Micah scored when David Hucks reached on an error by the Falcon’s shortstop.

The Panthers game effort was ultimately undone when the Falcons managed to score one run in the bottom of the seventh to secure the victory. The Panthers showed a lot of heart and fight by never quitting in this game even though it would have been easy to when they were trailing by six runs.

The Panthers outhit the Falcons 13-11. They were led by Avery Blevins who had four singles and Samuel had three.  McKinley had a single and a double and Micah chipped in two singles.

Josh Tanner was the starting pitcher for PAC. He pitched one and two thirds innings allowing five runs, only two of which were earned.  He gave up four hits and struck out one.  He was relieved by Micah who pitched the remained of the game and turned in an excellent effort.  He pitched five innings allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits.  He struck out eight Falcon batters and walked three.

Game Notes: The Panthers had twenty-two productive at bats.  The Panther JV team is now 4-9.

Apr 13 2016

Panther Baseball Cages Richard Winn Eagles

Panthers (B-Team) – 4   Richard Winn –3

The Panthers B-Team improved to 12-7 with their 4-3 victory over Richard Winn on Tuesday night at Bray Park. In a game marked by intermittent rain showers, the Panthers stormed back from a three run deficit to gain the victory.

The Panthers had to come from behind because they gave up three runs in the second inning. Ethan Hucks, the Panther’s starting pitcher, hit the first batter in the top of the frame.  The next batter singled and the third batter of the inning tripled to score two runs.  That runner later scored when a pick off throw got away from the Panther third baseman.

The Panthers began their comeback in the fourth inning by plating one run. With two outs Micaiah Hinkle tripled to deep, left centerfield and he kept on going on scored when the relay throw got away from the Eagle shortstop.

The Panthers completed their comeback in the bottom of the fifth. Ethan Hucks was walked to start the inning.  Will Owens received a free pass as well but he was cut down at second when Cameron hit into a fielder’s choice.  Andrew French singled to drive in Ethan.  Micaiah singled with two outs to score Cameron and Andrew and give the Panthers a one run lead.  The Eagles got a runner to second in the top of the sixth inning but could not advance him any further so the game ended with the Panthers victorious.

The Panthers only had four hits in their victory. Micaiah tripled and singled.  Others with hits include Will Owens and Andrew French.

Ethan Hucks pitched four innings for PAC. He allowed four runs, three earned, on four hits.  He struck out two and walked three.  He was relieved by Micaiah Hinkle who pitched the final two innings.  He did not allow a run or hit and struck out three.

Panthers (Varsity) – 10  Richard Winn – 4

The Panthers stopped their losing streak at one by besting the Richard Winn Eagles on Tuesday at Bray Park by a score of 10-4.  The Panthers got off to a hot start by scoring two runs in the bottom of the first.  Anderson Blevins doubled to lead off for the Panthers and then John Edens was hit by a pitch.  James Reed singled to drive in Anderson and Parker Pocock doubled to score John.

The Panthers added a single run in the second when Carson Floyd reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on a single by Anderson. They stretched their lead to 5-0 by scoring two more in the bottom of the third.  Parker started everything off with a single.  With one out, Daniel Williams executed a perfect hit and run by hitting a ball through a hole on the right side created by the second baseman going to cover second as Parker was off with the pitch.  Parker and Daniel both scored on a fielder’s choice by Carson.

The Eagles dented the scoreboard in the top of the fourth, scoring two runs. The Eagle shortstop reached first on an error and kept motoring to second when the throw went to the fence.  The Eagle first baseman then singled to score the first run and he took second when the Panther throw from the outfield eluded the Panther catcher.  The Eagle designated hitter then singled to plate the second run in the inning.  The Panthers did not score in the bottom of the fourth so we went to the fifth with the Panthers firmly in front with a 5-2 score.

The Eagles did not score in the fifth and the Panthers took advantage to extend their lead by scoring three runs. Cal Hucks reached on an error.  He advanced to second on a Daniel’s second consecutive single.  Matthew Derrick laid down a bunt to advance the runners to second and third.  Carson Floyd hit a sacrifice fly to score Cal from third and drive in his third run of the game.  On the throw home, Daniel scampered on over to third.  He later scored on a passed ball.  Cole drew a walk with two outs and Anderson continued to swing a hot bat by hitting his second double of the game to drive in Cole all the way from first base.

The Panthers added their final two runs in the bottom of the sixth. James Reed doubled to begin the inning.  Parker Pocock walked to put runners at first and second.  Austin Coates then got his second varsity hit to drive in his first varsity RBI.  Parker later scored on an error by the Eagle shortstop.

The Eagles tried to mount a comeback in the top of the seventh; however, their rally fell short when they only scored two runs leaving the Panthers with the win. The Panthers had ten hits in the game.  They were led by Anderson Blevins who had two doubles and a single.  Anderson knocked in two runs.  James and Parker both singled and doubled.  Both had one RBI and Parker scored two runs.  Daniel had two singles and scored two runs.   Austin had the Panthers other hit.

Cal Hucks was the starting pitcher and earned the victory, pitching five innings. He allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits.  He struck out one and walked one in improving his record to 3-1.  James Reed closed out the game on the mound by pitching the final two innings.  He gave up two runs (both unearned) on one hit.  He struck out four.

Game Notes: The win improved the Panthers record to 17-5.  The Panthers had 21 productive at bats in the game led by Anderson and Parker who both had three.   The Panthers had nine assists in the game led by Anderson, Cole and Carson who all had two.  The Panther take to the diamond again on Saturday at Bray Park as they take on the Anderson Cavaliers and the Low Country Wildcats in a three team round robin.

Apr 12 2016

Panther Baseball Falls to Laurens Academy Crusaders

Panthers (Varsity) – 4    Laurens Academy – 9

The Panthers lost a well-played game by a score of 9-4 against the Laurens Academy Crusaders on Monday night in Laurens, South Carolina. The loss dropped the varsity team’s record to 16-5.

Laurens scored in the first on the strength of a double and a single. They added three more in the third on three hits sandwiched around a walk and a hit by batter.  They added a fifth run in the third on a walk and a double.

The Panthers finally scored their first run in the fourth when John Edens continued his hot hitting by singling to left field. James Reed doubled putting runners at second and third.  Parker Pocock grounded out to the Crusader shortstop.  Cal Hucks then drove in James with a sacrifice fly to center field.  Unfortunately, the Crusaders got those runs right back in the bottom of the frame.  A walk started the inning for Laurens.  Then they hit a single and a double to score their two runs.

The Panthers added one run in the fifth when Carson reached on a fielder’s choice and was driven in by Anderson when he doubled down the left field line. The Crusaders again responded by getting that run back.  A lead-off walk came back to haunt the Panthers when that runner scored later in the inning on a single to centerfield.

The Crusaders scored their last run in the sixth and the Panthers entered the last inning trailing by a score of 9-3. The first two Panther batters reached via a walk and a hit by pitch but the Crusaders only allowed one of those runs to score as they slammed the door shut on the Panthers chances.

The Panthers had seven hits in the game and they were sprinkled up and down the line-up. Anderson and James both doubled.

Carson was the starting pitcher for PAC and took the loss dropping his record to 3-2. He pitched three innings, allowing five earned runs on seven hits.  He struck out two and walked or hit two.  Carson was relieved by Matthew Derrick who pitched two innings.  He allowed three earned runs on four hits.  He struck out one and walked two.  Tyler Thomason pitched the final inning.  He allowed one earned run on two hits.

Game Notes: The Panthers continue their struggle at the plate but the coaches saw enough last night that they feel the team is moving in the right direction. The Panthers had ten productive at bats and fourteen assists, led by Anderson with four.

Apr 12 2016

Panther Baseball Blows Away the Hurricanes

Panthers (JV) – 6              Coastal Hurricanes – 2

The JV baseball team improved its record to 4-8 with a dominant victory over the Coastal Hurricanes in Savannah on Saturday afternoon. The story on this windy day in Savannah was defense (the team only had one error) and pitching – Josh Tanner was dominant in his effort.

The Panthers scored first in the top half of the second when Billy Amick doubled and later scored on a wild pitch. The Panthers added four more runs in the fifth inning.  Drew McKay was hit by a pitch on the hand so his brother (Alex) replaced him to run the bases.  Alex advanced to second on a wild pitch and then to third on a passed ball.  Josh Tanner walked to put Panthers at first and third.  McKinley Proctor hit an infield single which scored Alex.  Josh went all the way to third on the play and McKinley motored into second.  Whit Melnyk walked and then Caleb Green stroked a single to score Josh.  Micah West was next and he hit a single to score both McKinley and Whit to close out the scoring.  The Panthers held the Hurricanes without a run in the bottom of the inning, so the game went to the top of the sixth with the Panthers sporting  a 5-0 lead.

The Panthers added one run in the top of the sixth when Alex reached on an error and scored on a base hit by McKinley. The Hurricanes tried to mount a comeback in the bottom of the seventh inning, but it was too little, too late.

The Panthers had six hits in the game with no one having more than one. Billy Amick doubled.  As indicated earlier, Josh Tanner pitched a great game.  He pitched six innings (77 pitches) allowing two earned runs on just three hits.  The Hurricanes scored their runs late in the game when Josh was tiring and struggled to find the strike zone.  He struck out six and only walked two batters.  Josh was replaced by Caleb Green who struggled with his control.  He only faced two batters before the Panthers turned to Whit to close the game out for PAC.  He pitched one inning, not allowing any hits or runs.  He struck out one.

Panthers (Varsity) – 4    Coastal Hurricanes – 0

The Panther varsity baseball team followed a fine performance by the JV team with one of their own to sweep the Hurricanes on their home field. John Edens was the story of the game with a truly dominant pitching performance.  He allowed one hit but did not allow any Hurricane runners to reach second.  He walked on batter and hit one batter but he picked both of those runners off as they tried to steal second.  He only faced one batter over the minimum, facing twenty-two batters in his seven innings of work.

John was also instrumental in the Panther offense on Saturday. He went three for four and scored three of the Panther’s four runs.  The first run was manufactured solely by John.  He doubled with one out.  When the pitcher did not look back to make sure John was staying where he was, John broke for third on the pitch almost making it to third before the pitch reached home plate.  When it did reach home plate, the ball was in the dirt and scooted by the catcher.  John saw this and never stopped; rounding third and continuing on home before the startled Hurricane pitcher and catcher could react.

The Panthers added two more runs in the fifth inning. Anderson doubled to begin the inning, beating the centerfielder who broke in on the ball only to realize it was going to be over his head.  The centerfielder turned and hustled back but the ball glanced off of his glove and Anderson raced on into second ahead of the throw.  John singled to knock in Anderson and later scored on a throwing error by the Hurricane catcher.

The Panthers scored their last run in the seventh when John singled, advanced to third on a double by James Reed and scored on a sacrifice fly by Parker Pocock.

Game Notes: The Panthers record is now 16-4.  The Panthers had fourteen productive at bats and nine hits.  John’s pitching record is now 3-1.  The Panthers had twelve assists in the game led by John and Tyler Thomason who both had four.  Austin Coates had his first hit at the varsity level.

Apr 08 2016

Panther Baseball (B-Team) Takes one From Pelion

Panthers (B-Team) 5      Pelion High – 4

The Panthers B-team extended their winning streak to three games, besting Pelion High’s B-Team 5-4 at Pelion on Thursday night. The Panthers had to fight their way back in this game as the Pelion team scored four runs in the bottom of the second inning.  As has happened many times this year, the opposing team has benefited from momentary wildness in Panther pitching to score their runs.  The Panthers walked the first two Pelion batters and then made an error.  The first Pelion run scored on the error by the Panther pitcher baseman.  The next two runs scored on a double by the Pelion shortstop (Austin).  Austin scored on the second Panthers error of the inning.

Fortunately, at this point the Panthers stiffened and did not allow another Pelion run to score and they began the long road back by plating two runs in the fourth. Andrew French singled with one out.  Billy Amick followed with another single advancing Andrew to second.  Both Andrew and Billy advanced one base on a wild pitch and both scored when McKinley Proctor slammed the third straight hit in the inning.

The Panthers scored two more runs in the fourth inning to tie everything up. Billy singled and stole second base.  He made his way to third and scored on a wild pitch.  Micaiah Hinkle singled with two outs. He later scored on an error by the Pelion second baseman.

The game was now tied heading into the last inning. Will Owens singled with one out.  He went all the way to third as the Pelion left fielder misplayed his single.  Cameron Duke then hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Will.  The Panthers retired Pelion 1-2-3 in the bottom of the seventh and the Panthers had secured the victory.

The Panthers outhit Pelion 8-2. Billy and Micaiah both had two singles.  The Panthers had nine productive at bats.  McKinley pitched the first two and one-third innings.  He allowed four runs (two earned) on one hit.  He struck out two and walked or hit five batters.  David Hucks closed the game out for the Panthers on the mound.  He pitched four and two-thirds innings and did not allow a run.  He gave up one hit while striking out six.  He did not walk a batter.

The Panther B-Team is now 11-7.

Apr 08 2016

Highlanders Halt Panthers Winning Streak on the Diamond

Panthers (Varsity) – 3    Heathwood Hall – 4

The Panthers had their nine game winning streak snapped at Heathwood Hall on Wednesday night losing 4-3. The Panthers had their opportunities to win this game but could not convert and went down in defeat for the first time in over three weeks.

The Panthers lost a chance to get on the scoreboard in the first when Anderson Blevins doubled to right center field, but was doubled off of second on a shallow fly ball to left field. The Panthers dented the scoreboard in the second when they plated two runs.  Parker Pocock was walked and stole second base.  Cal Hucks doubled driving in Parker and Cal scored on a single by Carson Floyd.

The Panthers scored their third run in the top of the third when John Edens reached second on an error by the Highlander shortstop. He advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a ground out by James Reed.  The Highlanders got that run right back was their leadoff hitter was walked.  He advanced to second on a single by Mac Hardy and scored on a single by Austin Cox.

Good Highlander pitching (Cox) kept the Panthers stymied for the balance of the game but the Highlanders were not scoring either and it looked as though the Panthers would prevail for their fifth victory in a row. But we all know that appearances can sometimes be deceiving.

Daniel Williams was the starter for PAC and pitched five innings, only allowing one earned run on five hits. He threw ninety-three pitches over his five innings so the coaches made a change to begin the sixth.  Carson Floyd came on to relieve Daniel and struggled to find his control early on.  He walked three of the first four batters he faced.  One scored on a single by Mac Hardy.  The second runner scored on Austin Cox’s fourth hit of the game.    The Highlanders then took the lead on a fly ball to left field that the Panthers probably should have made the play on and the Panthers could not score in the seventh.

The Panthers had seven hits. Cal Hucks got two of those hits, collecting a double and a single.  Daniel Williams and Carson Floyd had two singles.  Anderson doubled in the first.  The Panthers struck out seven times in the game which might be a season high.

Game Notes: The Panthers record falls to 15-4.  They had ten productive at bats in the game.  Carson took the loss dropping his record to 3-1.

Apr 08 2016

Panther Baseball (JV) falls to Heathwood

Panthers (JV) – 5              Heathwood Hall – 6

The Panther JV baseball squad lost a close one to Heathwood Hall on Wednesday at Heathwood. The Panthers spotted the Highlanders to a five run lead in the first inning.  Three straight free passes loaded the bases for the Highlanders and then a clutch hit scored two of the runs.  Errors allowed the other runs to score.  The Highlanders added a single insurance run in the bottom of the fourth inning when a Highlander was hit by a pitch and eventually scored on a single.

The Panthers were silent until the fifth inning when they exploded for five runs to draw within one run. Avery Blevins led off with a single.  He advanced to third on wild pitches and scored on a single by Billy Amick.  Billy took advantage of an error by the Highlander right fielder to advance all the way to second.  Billy then scored on a single by David Hucks.  David advance to second on the throw home and later scored on a wild pitch.  Samuel Leslie and Zach Thurber drew walks against Highlander pitching with Samuel scoring on a single by McKinley Proctor and Zach scoring on a single by Whit Melnyk.

The Panthers tried to score the tying run over the final two innings but the rallies fell short and the Highlanders won the game. The Panthers had eleven hits in their loss.  Samuel Leslie had three singles.  Avery and David chipped in with two hits apiece.

Samuel Leslie was the starter for PAC and pitched three innings. He settled in and pitched well in the second and third innings after struggling in the first.  He allowed six runs (five earned) on one hit.  He struck out one.  White Melnyk finished the game for PAC, pitching the final three innings.  He gave up one hit but did not allow a hit.

The loss drops the JV team’s record to 3-8

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