Panthers win 8-5 at home

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By Kristin Beck

It wasn’t always pretty, but chalk up another one in the win column for the Panthers as they defeated Highlands 8-5 at home.

“We didn’t play our best baseball today, but we played well enough to win,” head coach Jay Jones said.

Down 3-0, Ethan Stewart started the rally  in the second inning with a leadoff homerun, the first of his career. Audie Platt reached on an error, and pinch runner Zach Beckham was bunted over to second. Brady Hill walked, and Trey Boles was hit by a pitch to score a run. Zach Wise and Dillon Craig both hit sac flies to score two runs, and Tyler Gross ended the scoring with a two RBI single, giving the Panthers a 6-3 lead.

While the Panthers would score again in the fourth, Jones said his team did not look very sharp at the plate. He said his team did not take many cuts the day before and got out of their normal routine, which may have affected their performance.

Boles got the win on the mound for the Panthers. Jones commented on how he battled back after giving up the first inning runs.

 “After the first inning, they didn’t get much action at all,” he said. “I think he threw like 80 pitches in 7 innings, so that’s 11 pitches an inning or so. That’s really good, especially for the rough first inning. … He did a good job of settling in and getting right back to work.

Carroll falls to Grant

The Panthers (16-4) blew a 5-0 lead and gave up seven runs in one inning to eventually fall 8-5 on the road Monday. Zach Wise and Tyler Gross each had two hits.