Tuesday, April 17th the Union County Panther Baseball team hosted the East Hall Vikings in the first of a three-game series. This game would also be Senior Night.
Davis took the mound for the Panthers.
The Vikings got on the board early as they scored 1 run in the first inning.
The Panther offense got going in the bottom of the second as Ruff reached with a leadoff single. Baggett followed with a single and Davis reached with a walk to load the bases. Kelley reaches with a hit by pitch to walk home a run. Scott bunted Baggett home. Harkins reached on a double to drive in 2 runs.
The Panthers led 3-1 after 2 innings.
Davis was relieved by Colwell after struggling opening the 3rd inning. Davis allowed a total of 6 earned runs, allowing 4 walks, and struck out 2 batters.
Colwell entered with runners on first and second with no outs. Colwell would allow 2 runs, although only 1 of which was earned.
The Panthers trailed 8-6 after 4 innings.
Colwell pitched 2 innings and struck out 3 batters.
Freshman Swartz relieved Colwell pitching 2 innings and allowing 1 hit. Swartz struck out 2 batters.
Daniel stepped in to keep the Vikings off the board as UC would try to attempt a comeback.
Daniel pitched 1 inning allowing 0 baserunners and striking out 2 batters.
Banton led things off in the comeback attempt as he reached on a single. Rich followed with a double to drive in Banton as they trailed 7-6. Baggett reached on a single. Davis bunted to advance Baggett to put both runners in scoring position. However, the Vikings would come out victorious as they struck out the next 2 Panther batters.
Offensively Harkins led the Panthers with 2 hits and 4 RBI’s.
The Panthers fall to 8-18 and 1-15 in region 7-AAA. The Panthers next game will Wednesday, April 18th as they will travel to East Hall in the second game of the series.