Putting some previous struggles behind them, Amber-Pocasset performed like they had a point to prove in their 6-0 win over Cordell to take the consolation prize in the Panther Classic on Saturday.
Kevin Voyles proved the Panther defense is in safe hands with him on the mound. He went all seven innings in the shutout, striking out six batters while walking two and letting up two hits.
"He was real concerned he didn't have one of his pitches throwing in the bull-pen," head coach Cheyenne Graham said, "but he was asked to go out there, throw strikes and hit the mitt with pitches that we called. He did that extremely well early, built some momentum, found his breaking ball and from there threw one heck of a game."
On the flip side, the Panthers strung together valuable hits, especially in the sixth inning. A four-run outing was sparked by Stanton James’ two-RBI single with two outs on the board. James finished the afternoon 2-for-3 at the plate, with a run and those RBI to lead Am-Po.
After two scoreless innings, the Panthers broke the deadlock in the third. Ethan James reached first on a walk before Triston Herron’s infield fly was dropped. James advanced to third, and Herron nearly got to second before doubling back. The ball was dropped again, this time on the tag of Herron, and that punched James’ ticket to cross home for the score.
In response, Am-Po cut down on the errors, not that they had much of a choice. Only pitcher Colten Henson and Retsyn Ootton were able to get a hit off of Voyles, and they were both left stranded as Am-Po maintained the shutout.
After James sparked the rally in the sixth, Dylan Hargus immediately followed with another shot to right field, scoring another run. It was then Ethan James’ turn to bring in the fourth run of the inning. Hargus crossed home after he reached first on an error.