May 18 2016

Panther Baseball Celebrates the End of the Season and Honors Seniors

The Panthers held their season ending party at their normal shelter at Saluda Shoals as they celebrated the 2016 season. The kids played volleyball, ga-ga ball, threw Frisbees and took a dip in the river when they got too hot while the parents enjoyed fellowship with each other (and snuck into the occasional volleyball game). Stephen Hucks and Scott Thurber, from D’s Wings in West Columbia, helped the team by grilling great tasting burgers for everyone to enjoy.

The teams presented their year-end awards and discussed their seasons. The B-Team (coached by Stephen Hucks, James Duke and Ed Owens) finished the 2016 season with a record of 14-9-1.  Fourteen wins represents the most wins PAC baseball had obtained at that level.  Three new players in the program won awards as Andrew French won the pitching most valuable award and Micaiah Hinkle won the Golden Glove award (defensive MVP) for his work in centerfield.  Billy Amick won the Silver Bat award which goes to the best hitter each year.  Thomas Weaver won the most important award as he added his name to those who have won the Mr. Panther award which goes to the player that the players and coaches believe best reflected God’s character during the long baseball season.

The JV team (coached by David Melnyk, Jay Floyd and Will Lawyer) finished the 2016 with a record of 7-12. This is not a bad record considering they were starting five eighth graders (or below) at the JV level.  They will be fine with as they get older.  Micah West won the Golden Glove award for his work at shortstop and at catcher and won the pitching award for his work on the mound.  McKinley Proctor won the Silver Slugger award as he tied the record for the highest batting average in the history of the Panther JV program.  Alex McKay won the Mr. Panther award for his consistently great attitude and willingness to do whatever the coaches asked him to do.

The Varsity team finished 2016 with a 23-10 record. The twenty-three wins are the most in the history of the program.  Matthew Derrick won the pitching MVP award and James Reed won the Golden Glove award.  Anderson won the Silver Slugger award for the second year in a row.  Carson Floyd won the Mr. Panther award for the first time.

The Panther baseball program says goodbye to six seniors this year. Tyler Thomason played one year for the varsity team and earned a varsity letter as he played second and pitched.  Tyler also played two years at the JV level.  Tyler leaves as a state champion as the Panthers are the 2016 homeschool baseball state champions.

Cole Plyer graduates with three years at the JV level and two at varsity. Cole played second base and graduates owning the varsity, single season on base % record at .558.  Cole graduates as a two time state champion in homeschool baseball and was instrumental in helping the Panthers win the National Association of Christian Athletes Division #3 baseball tournament in 2015 and finish second in the 2016 Division #2 tournament.

Eli Williams played one year at JV and two at the varsity level. Eli played in the outfield and served as a designated hitter as he had a nice swing at the plate.  Eli’s bat helped the Panthers win their first homeschool state championship in 2015 against the Anderson Cavaliers as he stroked a key single that helped get the team rolling and he helped the team repeat in 2016.  Eli also helped the Panthers win the Division #3 championship at the NACA baseball tournament in 2015.

Carson Floyd played two years at JV and two years at the Varsity level. Carson played every outfield position, third base and pitched for the Panthers.  He was the winning pitcher in the 2015 State Championship game against the Anderson Cavaliers.  Carson won the JV pitching award (2014) and the Mr. Panther award in 2016.  He is also a two time (2015 and 2016) winner of the Panther “wear it” award which goes annually to the player who was hit by the most pitches.  Carson was first team all-conference in baseball for left field in 2016 and right field in 2015.  He was also named to the all-tournament team at NACA in 2016.

James Reed graduates after playing one year at JV and four years at Varsity. James was a very versatile player who pitched and played catcher, first, short, second and in the outfield.  He won the varsity silver slugger award in 2014 and the varsity golden glove award in 2016.  James was the MVP of the 2015 homeschool state championship tournament and at the 2015 NACA Division #3 tournament.  He was also named to the all-tournament team at the 2016 homeschool state championship.  He was first team all-conference for 2015 as a pitcher and a catcher and for 2016 as a first baseman.  He graduates owning several Panther varsity career records such as most hits (121), most RBI’s (77) and total bases (177). He has the strikeout record striking out 96 opposing batters on his way to eight pitching victories.

Anderson Blevins is the last senior for 2016 and is the last player with a tie to the first year of the Panther baseball program (2010). He played as a sixth grader in our first year as the JV team played a few games against weaker opponents.  Anderson played JV for four seasons (which includes the few games in 2010) and three at the varsity level.  Anderson won two golden glove awards at the JV level (2012 and 2013) and two silver slugger awards at the varsity level (2015 and 2016).  He was first team all-conference for the shortstop position in 2015 and 2016.  He was named to the 2016 all-tournament team at the state homeschool championships and at the NACA Division #2 tournament.  He owns career records at the varsity level for runs scored (91), stolen bases (45) and fielding assists (155).  He also holds single season records for hits (49), stolen bases (23), total bases (77) and fielding assists (70).

May 17 2016

Panther Baseball Places Second in NACA Tournament (Division #2)

The Panthers varsity baseball team journeyed to Tennessee this past week to participate in the National Association of Christian Athletes (NACA) baseball tournament for the third year in a row.  After winning the division #3 bracket in 2015, the Panthers were moved up into the top bracket along with five other teams.  After pool play, the top two teams would play for the division #1 championship and the next two teams would play for the division #2 championship.

The Panthers knocked off Lancaster Academy in the semi-finals by a score of 5-2 to move into the finals.  James Reed pitched a complete game against Lancaster to earn the victory with Carson Floyd slapping a key two run double in the sixth inning to secure the victory.

The Panthers played Knoxville Academy in the championship game and lost 12-1.  Knoxville outhit and outpitched the Panthers in claiming the division #2 crown.

The Panthers also bring home the sportsmanship trophy (which is voted on by the other teams) for the third year in a row.  Anderson Blevins and Carson Floyd were named to the all-tournament team.

May 06 2016

PAC Panthers Sporting Clays Coed Team

PAC Panthers Sporting Clays Coed Team

 

I would proudly like to announce the beginning of PAC Panthers Sporting Clays Coed Team.

Christopher Foster, NSSA NSCA Level I instructor certified, NRA certified, SLED certified instructor in multiple firearms and will be Director of Shooting Sports for PAC.

 

All though the season has already started he would like to start preparing for a successful season next year.

South Carolina has a large amount of established school shooting teams, so starting practice preseason for next year will be beneficial for our team.

 

What is Sporting Clays?

Sporting Clays is the sport of shooting moving clay targets that are thrown from machines that are placed in various positions and angles to challenge the shooter from a box, aka usually a wooden or pvc barrier to shoot the targets.

 

What you will need:

Sporting Clays uses a shotgun 12 or 20 gauge semi automatic or over and under style shotguns.

For NOVICE shooters preferably semi automatic shotgun.

The firearm is not provided and must be inspected and approved. If you do not have one, these can range from roughly 350.00 to easily 7,000.00. It really depends on what you want and are willing to pay.

Please keep in mind the gun does not make the shooter the shooter makes the gun.

My son who is advanced shoots a Beretta A400 Xcel 12 gauge 30″ barrel semi automatic shotgun which new is around 1500.00 to 1700.00 dollars. I started with a Stoeger Condor over and under brand new around 390.00 to 450.00 that you will still see me with, yes even at competition shoots.

 

We will get more into buying and fitting firearms at another time, so please do not run out and buy either of these guns or any without meeting with me first. We will discuss the pros and cons of gun styles and proper gun fit.

 

Transportation to events

Next, is transportation at events. You may at some events rent a golf cart, but the students are not allowed to operate rented golf carts. The courses are designed by the hosting club and usually the shooting boxes are far apart, so that SAFETY is first and no one gets hurt. So you really need a golf cart or a side by side utv.

 

Information Meeting

An informational meeting will be set up within the next two months for those interested in learning more about PAC Sporting Clays team.

 

Please Contact Christopher Foster at scfirefighter3125@gmail.com to be put on the list to receive notice regarding the information meeting to come.

 

100% Safe – 100% OF THE TIME -NO EXCEPTIONS

 

Christopher Foster

scfirefighter3125@gmail.com
Director of Shooting Sports

 

1 Timothy 4:12  Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct,  in love, in faith, in purity. ESV

 

May 06 2016

2016 PAC All-Sport Picnic

2016 PAC ALL-SPORT PICNIC

Date: June 1, 2016

Location: Pine Island, 150 State Rd, Columbia SC

Time: 1:00-Closing

Dinner: 5:30-6:00 (PAC will Grill hamburgers and hotdogs)

Senior Recognition: 6:00

Cost: $5 per family (whether it is one person or fifteen)

Everyone needs to bring a 2 L drink, a side dish, and dessert to share.

Things to do:  This is a beautiful island that offers a small beach area for swimming, sand pit volley ball, fields for soccer, Frisbee, softball, or just hanging out and relaxing for the afternoon.

Please remember to wear appropriate bathing attire for this co-ed eventJ

Go to www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0B4BAAAD2FAAFD0-2016  to RSVP

 

May 06 2016

7 shot lead at the National Homeschool Championships as they head into the final round.

PAC Golf Update.

 

For those of you keeping score at home I share the scores and updates from Missouri as reported via text by our journalist on the ground at the Homeschool national Golf Championship at the RiverCutt Golf club in Springfield Missouri.

 

Thursday the team shot an incredible record breaking 18 hole total of 311 to take a 7 shot lead into the final round.  Zach Armentrount shot a 72 to lead the panthers and is in 2nd place as an individual at the event.  Casey Britt fired a season’s best 76 followed by Cooper Snow’s 80 and Carlton Snow’s 83.  Maverick Mullinax rounded out the scoring with an 85.

 

Wednesday night the team won almost every event at the Drive Chip and Putt.  Phoebe dominated the Girls contest while sister Sophi won the Jr. High girls long drive contest with a 244 yard effort.  Zach Armentrout won the boys high school division with a monster 300+ yard drive.

 

Needless to say the best keep getting better because the best never rest.

 

I’m eager to see how the team performs as we face the challenge of finishing strong while holding the lead.  May all the Glory be for God.

 

Cheers.

 

May 05 2016

PAC Girls Volleyball Information Meeting and Open Practice

 

PAC Girls Volleyball Information Meeting and Open Practice

 

INFORMATION MEETING Date: Tuesday, May 10th, 2:00-4:00

OPEN PRACTICE SEASON: May 10 – July 21, is our Open Season for girls volleyball grades 5-10 (up-coming grades 6-11)

“Open season” is a time of conditioning, education, and skill

work, in preparation for tryouts that will be held in July.

LOCATION: Practice and meeting location is at the Lexington Baptist Church

Family Life Center on Efird St. off Main Street in Lexington.

DAYS:

Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00-4:00

Wednesdays 12:30-2:30.

 

 TRYOUTS

Those interested in trying out for the fall 2016 season

(Aug 1- October 15th), are encouraged to attend the open-season practices.

 

For more information, please feel free to contact Coach Shannon Sanford.

hspacvball@gmail.com or (803) 318-5384.

 

Looking forward to another great year of volleyball!

Go PAC Panthers!

 

 

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.

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