Fourth Ranked Panther Baseball Prevails Over ACGC, 8-3
A five run fourth inning helped to propel the Panorama Panthers to a 8-3 win over county rival ACGC last night in a game played on the Panther home field. Earlier in the day, the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association came out with its most recent rankings that place the Panthers in the number four spot in class 2A.
The Chargers took an early lead when they scored three runs on a pair of hits in their third at bat. Lucas Marsh started things off when he got on by error. After Clayton Wardyn was hit by pitch and Charlie Crawford walked to load the bases, Newell Rogers' double scored both Marsh and Wardyn. Miles Kading's single scored Crawford to give the Chargers its 3-0 lead.
ACGC threatened to score in the top of the fourth when Lucas Marsh got on by error and Clayton Wardyn and Brock Litter both walked to load the bases with one out, but it came to naught. The Chargers had only one base runner for the remainder of the game.
After stranding five runners in their first three at bats, the Panthers put together a five run fourth inning. With two outs Austin Block walked to start things off. Consecutive singles by Ryan Klinge and Evan Taylor, plus a Charger fielding error, allowed all three to score. Drew Taylor completed the scoring in the inning with a two run homer to give the home team a 5-3 lead it would not relinquish.
Evan Taylor's solo round tripper in the fifth inning increased the Panorama lead to 6-3 and the Panthers completed the scoring in the sixth inning with a pair of runs. Drew Taylor was hit by pitch to start the at bat and Dominic Walker singled. Taylor scored on a throwing error by the Charger pitcher and Walker was driven home on Jacob Walker's single.
"We got out to a 3-0 lead and things were cruising, but a big inning highlighted by the Taylor boys put us in a deficit," Charger coach Taylor Morris commented. "Our guys didn't have the best game at the plate, but we need to focus on the next task at hand and that is West Central Valley."
Evan Taylor led the Panther hitting with three hits including his home run and he also led with three RBI's. Jack Weinkoetz had a pair of singles for Panorama. Preston Walker and Austin Block shared the pitching duties, with Walker getting credit for the win.
As indicated earlier the only Charger hits were Newell Rogers's double and Miles Kading's single. Brock littler went five innings on the mound for ACGC, with Tegan Slaybaugh pitching the final inning. Individual stats are listed below.
The Panther win improves their overall record to 15-4, with a 13-3 mark in conference play-- good for second place behind Van Meter. ACGC now stands at 9-17 on the year and 7-11 in the WCAC.
Score by inning:
ACGC 003 000 0--3 2 3
Pan 000 512 x--8 9 3
ACGC hitting: (AB-R-H-RBI) Littler(3-0-0-0) Crawford(3-1-0-0) Rogers(4-0-1-2) MKading(3-0-1-1) Jensen(2-0-0-0) EKading(3-0-0-0) Rumelhart(3-0-0-0) Marsh(3-1-0-0) Wardyn(0-1-0-0)
ACGC pitching: (IP-H-R-ER-SO-BB) Littler(5.00-8-8-5-0-6) Slaybaugh(1.00-1-0-0-1-0)
Panorama hitting: ETaylor(4-1-3-3) PWalker(4-1-0-0) DTaylor(2-2-1-2) DWalker(2-1-1-0) Weinkoetz(4-0-2-0) JWalker(4-0-1-1) Neuharth(3-0-0-0) Block(3-1-0-0) Klinge(3-1-1-0) Pauley
Panorama pitching: PWalker(5.67-2-3-2-5-3) Block(1.33-0-0-0-1-0)