It was a tough weekend in Chattanooga for Amber-Pocasset, where two losses, including one to rivals Verden, sent them out of tournament play.
An 8-5 loss Friday evening to the Tigers set up an unfortunate end for the Panthers, as they lost 12-4 the following afternoon to Navajo. The defeats take Am-Po to 5-4 on the season.
The game against Verden had some extra importance for Am-Po, since they have already suffered one defeat to their county fall baseball rivals this season. It started out fairly well for the Panthers as they took a 1-0 first inning lead, but Verden struck back with three runs of their own and then two more in the second to take a 5-1 lead.
Am-Po did not let the game slip away easily. They got one run back in the top of the third before knotting the game at 5-5 with three runs in the top of the fourth. Levi Scott was a gain a valuable asset with the bat, scoring two RBI to help the Panthers' cause.
But Verden pitcher Hunter Morgan put up a solid fight in the five innings he spent on the mound. Morgan struck out nine batters to keep the Am-Po offense down.
In the bottom of the fourth, Verden struck the final blow. Three runs took them to victory and left them 2-0 against Am-Po this season. Benny Crowder, Ben Verser, and Alex Whitlow all went 2-for-3, with Whitlow, Crowder and Chris Patterson each getting a double. Tristan Morgan got the team's only triple of the night.
Ethan James stood out for Am-Po at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double and a triple. Triston Herron also got a double and an RBI.
All four of Am-Po's runs against Navajo came in a big first inning. The Indians got all of those back in the bottom of the first and shut the Panthers down from there. Navajo scored three in the second and five more in the final sixth inning to take a big win. Ben Parr did manage three strikeouts for Am-Po while on the mound.