April 4, 2014

Am-Po advance, Rush struggle in run-filled Panther Classic


Second round games in the Panther Classic were anything but low scoring as Amber-Pocasset , Lookeba-Sickles and Cordell relied on offense to advance in the afternoon games.

A wild bottom of the third and top of the fourth saw a complete swing from an Am-Po dominated game to a shootout with Hinton that the hosts eveutually won 11-7. 

A single from Stanton James in the second inning broke the deadlock for Am-Po. That brought around Dyaln Verser from second, who had reached on a walk and a stolen base. The following inning things really took a turn for the worse for Hinton.

Leadoff Ethan James was hit by a pitch before Trison Herron’s single. Hinton tried to catch the lead runner off of Levi Scott’s bunt, but the throw went wide and James came across to score the first of many.

Another single, this time from designated hitter Kevin Voyles brought in run number two. By the time Hargus hit the first of back-to-back two-RBI singles, the Panthers had extended their lead to 7-0.

It was seemingly comfortable; perhaps deceptively so, as Hinton hit back the following at bat. Dallas West reached on an error, and back to back walks loaded the bases. One run scored when Langden Subia ground out to first, but a two-RBI single from left fielder Hesston Lierle cut the deficit to four. 

Lierle was walked in, and pitcher Jacob Spady rushed home on a wild pitch to bring Hinton back within sight of the Panthers. It was a remarkable swing, and the offense wasn’t over.

Four runs in the bottom of the fourth put Am-Po ahead by a comfortable six-runs. Another two-RBI single from Hargus capped off another solid bottom inning for the Panthers.

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