Union County Panthers vs Fannin County Rebels
August 29, 2017
Location: Blairsville, GA
The Lady Panthers Varsity team seems to slowly be breaking out of their beginning season slump. With a 8-3 win yesterday against the Fannin County Rebels, the Panthers are now in the #4 spot in their 7-AAA Region.
Current Region Standings: 1) East Hall 5-0, 2) North Hall 3-1, 3) Lumpkin County 3-2, 4) Union County 2-2, 5) Greater Atlanta Christian 2-3, 6) Dawson County 1-3, & 7) Fannin County 0-5.
Panthers Pitcher #21 Jillian Lawn threw 7 innings; allotting for 7 strikeouts, 1 walk, 4 hits, and 3 errors.
The Rebels were the first to cross the plate. Their leadoff batter, #8 Galloway, landed a single just over the Panther’s third baseman. After working her way around the diamond, she scored when their 4-hole hitter #4 Seabolt singled up the middle. 1-0 Rebels.
Ready to take back the lead, the Lady Panthers scored 2 runs off 3 singles in the bottom of the first. Responsible for these SNGs: #8 Katelynn Hodges, #00 Bailey Rayfield & #11 Aladriel Arnold. According the stats on MaxPreps.com Panthers Hodges is currently ranked #3 on the ‘RBI Stat Leaders’ board for the 7-AAA Region. B1: 2-1 Panthers.
Lawn shut the Rebels down in the second with a 1-2-3 inning.
Panthers with hot bats put up 1 more run in the bottom second. #27 Hannah Patton scored off an RBI SNG by #26 Maddie Sutton. Sutton is also ranked on the ‘RBI Stat Leaders’ board at #5. Other hits in the inning: #2 Miranda Lockaby (SNG) & #8 Katelyn Hodges (SNG).
B2: 3-1 Panthers.
Lady Rebels shortened the lead by a run when Rebels #7 Johnson hit an RBI single. T3: 3-2 Panthers.
A SNG by #11 Aladriel Arnold put her in position to score and that’s just what she did when #14 Mary Wischmeyer hit an RBI SNG in the bottom of the fourth. A hard DBL down the third base sideline by #26 Maddie Sutton put herself in a good position when #00 Bailey Rayfield came to the plate. Rayfield with an RBI SNG to left field allowed Sutton to score, giving the Panthers a 5-2 lead.
Panthers defense with one late throw and an error later increased the score once again. This would be the last run the Rebels would score for the game. T5: 5-3 Panthers.
In the home stretch, the Panthers were explosive with consecutive hits! #00 Rayfield started it off with a hard SNG to left-center. Next, a hard DBL by #21 Jillian Lawn, an RBI line drive SNG by #11 Arnold, a RBI SNG by #18 Aubree Pack & to end the inning a hard DBL to left-center by #14 Wischmeyer!!!
With victory in their hearts, they rushed to the outfield to wait for their end-of-game meeting and were greeted by their teammate Ellie Garrison. Garrison broke her arm last Thursday during warmups, had surgery Friday morning & was able to get her cast removed yesterday! Please continue to keep her and her family in your thoughts & prayers as we hope she makes a speedy recovery! She’s one tough cookie & a sweetheart for attending games to cheer on her teammates.
The next game is scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, August 31, 2017 @ 5PM against Greater Atlanta Christian at Home.
Come out and support your Lady Panthers!
(Pictures taken by Jenni Dixon)
Union County vs White County Junior Varsity Softball
August 23, 2017
Location: Cleveland, GA
The Lady Panthers are still UNDEFEATED with a record of 4-0 and that is something to smile about!
(Softball) “is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical.” – Yogi Berra
The Lady Warriors proved this statement to be true in yesterday’s game. With no offense to them, it seemed obvious that their pitching staff struggled to throw over the plate.
The Panthers faced three Warriors pitchers – O’Kelly, Vandiver and Anderson. Throughout the course of their 3 full innings, they had a combined total of 11 walks, 1 strikeout and 3 hits. Meaning: an average inning against these pitchers might consist 3 – 4 batters being walked, 1 getting a hit and someone seldomly getting struck out.
Opposite of that, Panthers pitcher Trinity Queen threw all 3 innings with a total of 3 walks, 6 strikeouts and 1 hit. Meaning: an average inning for Queen based on these stats will consist of 1 walk, 2 strikeouts and possibly a hit/ball in play; A.K.A. a quick inning.
With the minimal amount of time these ladies are allotted to play, they waste no time gaining an advantage over their opponent. In the top of the second inning the Panthers put up 6 runs; split evenly between walks (3) and singles (3). The Warriors never managed to score the entirety of the game. And the Lady Panthers brought home an 8-0 victory after a series of walks.
As you can see below, they also display admirable comradely between the coaching staff and each other which is another advantage this team has over others they may face.
The next JV Lady Panthers game is set for Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 4:30 PM! Come out and support your Lady Panthers!