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.
Monday, April 9th, The Union County Baseball team faced off against The Rabun Gap Eagles in a non-region matchup.
Banton took the mound for the Panthers and struggled early as he allowed a pair of hits to open the game. A. Kephue would score for the Eagles on a passed ball to gain the lead 1-0.
Banton led off the second inning win a double and would later score on a fielders choice to tie the game at 1.
The Eagles used a 5 run inning to regain the lead 6-1.
Banton was relieved by Daniel after allowing 5 earned runs, 2 walks, and striking out one batter.
Daniel leadoff the 4th inning with a double and would later be driven in by Rich as the Panthers trailed 6-2.
UC looked to make a comeback as they trailed 6-2 after 5 innings. Dyer leadoff the 6th with a double. Baggett followed with a double of his own to drive in Dyer. Baggett would later be driven in by Ruff.
Everett leadoff the 7th with a single and was followed by Kelley who reached with a walk. Scott drove in both runners with a SAC to tie to game at 6. Rich and Dyer helped the Panthers gain the lead as both collected RBI hits. Baggett, Allison, and Harkins all reached base as the Panthers lead 10-6 after 6 1/2 innings of play.
The Eagles couldn’t find offense in the 7th as Daniel struck 2 of the 3 batters out.
Daniel finished pitch 4 2/3 innings in relief allowing only 3 hits and 7 strikeouts.
Rich lead the Panthers offensively going 2-4 with 3 RBI’s.
The Panthers improve to 8-15 and will next play Tuesday at Fannin County in the first of a 3 game series.
The Panther Baseball team traveled to GAC, Friday, April 6th to round out the season series by playing a doubleheader as the first game started at 3:30.
Davis took the mound for the Panthers in game one.
Offense for both teams was missing early as a combined 3 batters reached base in the first 2 innings.
The Spartans offense found its stride in the bottom of the 3rd with a pair of walks and singles to gain the lead 2-0.
UC answered with 2 runs of their own in the top of the 4th as Banton collected a walk to reach base followed by Harkins with a single. Davis would later drive both Panthers in with a 2 out single.
The Spartans returned with their offense as they would score 4 runs in back to back innings before Davis was relieved by Everett.
Davis pitched 4 1/3 innings allowing 8 earned runs, 4 walks, and striking out 3 batters.
Everett relieved Davis but struggled as he could not collect an out and allowed 2 earned runs and a walk.
Colwell stepped in to finish the inning.
The Panthers trailed 10-2 entering the 5th inning.
UC got on the bases early as a leadoff error put Banton on base. UC followed with a pair of doubles by Daniel and Harkins to score 2 runs.
The Panthers would go on to score 5 runs as J. Colwell, C. Colwell, and Scott all collected RBI singles.
The Panthers trailed 10-7 entering the 6th inning.
UC got 2 quick outs before a 2 out single. GAC’s Brechbuhl hit a 2 run home run to extend the lead 12-7.
The Panthers fall to the Spartans in the first game of the evening 12-7.
Banton was on the mound for the second game of the evening for the Panthers.
The Spartans used a solo home run in the bottom of the first to grab the lead 1-0.
The Panthers offense struggled early as 2 Panthers reached base in the first 3 innings.
A leadoff walk to open the 2nd inning would eventually score as Bride collected the RBI for the Spartans 2-0.
GAC would score 3 more runs in the 3rd as 2 errors and a walk crippled the Panthers, followed by A Spartan triple that drove in 2 runs.
UC trailed 5-0 after 3 innings.
Banton was relieved after 3 innings allowing 5 runs, 1 of which were earned, 1 walk and a strikeout.
Ruff stepped in to relieve Banton.
The Panther offense got rolling in the 5th as C. Colwell collected a 1 leadoff walk. Scott followed with a walk. Dyer drove in a run on a SAC fly to left field. Ruff reached on a walk and would score on the next at bat as the Spartans erred twice.
The Panthers trailed 3-10 after 5 innings
UC would attempt their comeback in the 7th inning as they trailed 3-12.
A leadoff walk by Schafer got things going for the Panthers. The next 2 batters for the Panthers struck out. Followed by Allison who walked. An error by the Spartans drove 2 UC scorers in. Everett singled to drive in Harkins as the Panthers fall to the Spartans 11-6.
UC falls to 7-15 and 1-11 in region 7-AAA. The Panthers next game will be Monday, April 9th at Rabun Gap High School to face off in a non-region matchup.
April 5th, The Union County Panthers baseball team hosted Eagles Landing Christian Academy in a non-region game.
Pierson Allison took the mound for the Panthers.
Allison struggled early as 4 of the first 5 batters reached base.
The Chargers scored their first run of the evening as J. Youngblood collected the RBI single.
The Chargers would collect their second run of the evening as Dubose reached after being walked.
UC trailed 2-0 after 1 1/2 innings of play.
The Panthers offense began clicking in the 2nd as Davis drew a 1 out walk. Harkins followed with a double, and both runners were brought in by Ruffs’ 2 out single.
The Panther offense tied the score at 2 after 2 innings of play.
Ruff got things going for the Panthers again in the 4th inning as he reached on a walk. Scott reached with a single advancing Ruff to 3rd and Dyer drew a walk to load the bases. Banton would reach on a 2 out single to bring in 2 Panther runners as UC grabbed the lead 4-2.
The Chargers offense would not score until the 6th inning when Buckley walked and would eventually be driven in by Dubose.
The Panthers would go on to win the game as sophomore Pierson Allison pitched the first complete game of his career as he pitched 7 innings, allowing 3 runs, 2 of which were earned, 5 walks and struck out 1 batter.
The Panthers offense was led by Banton, he went 2-3 with 2 RBI’s.
The Panthers improve to 7-13 and will play at GAC in a doubleheader Friday, April 6th.
Monday, April 2nd the Union County Panthers Baseball team hosted the Murphy Bulldogs for the 2nd and final matchup of the season.
Cole Davis took the mound for the Panthers.
Irwin got the Bulldogs started in the top of the second as he hit a solo home run to left field.
Kelley and Baggett were the only baserunners through the second inning as both reached on walks.
Home runs by Curry and Peterson separated the Bulldogs as they led 5-0 after 3 innings of play.
Baggett replaced Davis as he pitched 4 innings allowing 5 runs, 4 of which were earned, 1 walk and striking out 3 batters.
An error and a sacrifice would earn the Bulldogs 2 more runs as they led 7-0 after 5 innings.
Schafer reached on an error to lead off the 6th inning. Kelley drove Schafer in with a 1 out triple to center field.
A difficult 7th inning defensively which contained 1 error and 1 walk gave the Bulldogs extend their lead 11-1.
Baggett reached on a leadoff walk to begin the bottom of the 7th. Baggett would later score on a single by Banton.
The Panthers fall to the Bulldogs 11-2 as they fall to 6-12. The Panthers next game will be Tuesday, April 3rd as they host the GAC Spartans in the first of 3 games.
The Panthers faced off against the Lumpkin County Indians in the first region game of the season.
Ean Harkins took the mound for the Panthers in his 5th appearance of the season.
The Panthers offensively got off to a quick start scoring runs in each of the first 3 innings.
Banton was the first baserunner of the evening for the Panthers as he reached on a walk. Daniel followed with an RBI double.
The Indians got off to a quick start as well with a lead off triple but couldn’t capitalize as Harkins walked the following 2 batters.
Colwell led UC with a leadoff single to begin the second. Dyer followed with a HBP. Baggett would later drive both in with a 2 RBI single.
Despite 2 walks, 2 singles, and an Error the Panthers continued to hold onto the lead after the second 3-2.
The Panthers continued the quick offensive start led by Banton with a leadoff single to being the 3rd followed by Kelley with a single as Banton was picked off at first. Colwell would later drive in Kelley with a RBI double.
Another rough defensively ming for be Panthers would tie the game at 4 as the Panthers allowed 4 hits and 2 walks in the 3rd.
Rich came in relief for Harkins after 3. Harkins would finish with 3 IP, 4 ER, 6 BB, 1 K.
A scoreless 4th inning for both teams would leave the game tied at 4 to begin the 5th.
Everett collected an RBI as he drove in Colwell on a double.
Rich struggled during his first 2 innings as he allowed 4 walks and 3 hits as he allowed 6 runs 5 of which were earned.
UC trailed 10-5 headed into the 7th inning.
The Panthers comeback was in full effect as Banton and Daniel started the inning off with singles. Colwell and Everett would follow up with RBI singles.
The Panthers fall to the Indians 10-7 as they fall to 5-3 on the season and 0-1 in region play. The Panthers next game will be Wednesday, March 14fh as they will host the Lumpkin County Indians.