• Keith Hjelle

Panthers Down Chargers BB, 12-2; Morris Hopes for Rematch

ACGC baseball coach Taylor Morris is hoping to get another shot at Panorama after last night's 12-2 loss to the Panthers. "We will get another crack at Panorama in the postseason and will make the most of it and play the way we are capable," the first year mentor commented following the five inning loss. "We need to continue to focus on what we can control and do what it takes to avoid the big inning."

It didn't take long for that big inning to occur, as host Panorama scored five runs in its first at bat. "The first batter set the tone for the whole game for Panorama as their leadoff hitter (Evan Taylor) hit a hard ball to right field for a solo home run to start the game," Morris continued. "That set the tone for them and we were shaken after that."

After the big first inning the Panthers added two scores in the second inning and three more in the third. The Chargers got on the board in the top of the third inning when Miles Kading coaxed a base on balls and Noah Nelson got on be an error. Reid Rumelhart hit into a fielder's choice which retired Nelson at second base, but advanced Kading to third. Newell Rogers' sacrifice fly scored Kading for the Chargers' first run.

ACGC scored an additional run in the next inning when four consecutive batters got on base. Bryce Littler started the inning off with a single, was advanced to second when Ben Kingery walked, made it to third on Charlie Crawford's infield hit, and scored on Will Byars' base hit. Bases were still loaded with no outs. The Chargers were on the verge of a big inning. But that was it--the inning didn't become anything more than an "on the verge" moment. Kading flew out to shallow right field, Nelson struck out, and Rumelhart popped up to the pitcher. An opportunity lost.

Meanwhile the Panthers had scored two runs in the second inning and three in the third. They added another deuce in the bottom of the fourth to make in 12-2. The Chargers threatened to score in the top of the fifth when four different batters got on base. The first two were both retired on fielder's choices and the last two--Littler and Kingery were stranded when a strike out ended the game.

Four Chargers got base hits--Rogers, Littler, Crawford, and Byars. But that was it for hitting. Reid Rumelhart and Eli Kading shared pitching duties, surrendering seven hits to the Panthers, while walking seven and striking out two.

The Chargers will play again tonight when they will entertain West Central Valley on the local field. It is senior night when the five seniors--Will Byars, Ben Kingery, Noah Nelson, Michael Ure, and Avery Wheatley--will be honored. There is no junior varsity game tonight, so the varsity game will begin at 6:30.

Game score by inning:

ACGC 001 10-- 2 4 4

Panorama 523 2x--12 7 2

Charger box score:


Rumelhart 3 0 0 0

Rogers 2 0 1 1

Wheatley 3 0 0 0

Littler 3 1 1 0

Kingery 0 0 0 0

Crawford 3 0 1 0

Byars 2 0 1 1

MKading 1 1 0 0

Nelson 2 0 0 0

Pitching: IP H R BB SO

Rumelhart 3 6 10 6 2

Ekanding 1 1 2 1 0

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