Panther baseball tops Swansea, falls to Fox Creek

The Batesburg-Leesville varsity baseball team defeated Swansea last week while dropping two contests to Fox Creek.

The Panthers are now 2-3 overall and 0-2 in Region 2-AA, but games are postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 school closures.

B-L 17, Swansea 5

Last Monday, the Panthers visited Swansea and routed the Tigers 17-5.

B-L jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning as Reid Watson walked to lead off and Kolby Craps singled. A subsequent single from LG Todd made it 1-0. An error on a hard hit ball by Andy Chavez made it 2-0. Matthew Boozer would walk to load the bases and Todd would score on a fly ball out from Cale Salter before Chavez scored on a ground out by Cade Bouknight.

In the fourth B-L would extend the lead to 7-0 as Bouknight reached on an error and Jackson Lorick singled. Watson would also walk, and thanks to a bases-loaded walk and two passed balls, all of the runners scored.

Swansea would score once in the bottom of the fourth and twice in the fifth to make it 7-3, but the Panthers exploded for 10 runs in the top of the sixth to make it 17-3. The Panthers scored those runs on two doubles, a single and six walks. Craps had the single while Lorick drove in two runs and Watson one with their doubles.

The Tigers would add two runs in the bottom half of the inning before the mercy rule ended the game early.

On the night B-L finished with just six hits as Lorick and Craps each finished 2-4 to lead the team.  Todd, Trevor Jeffcoat, Bouknight and Lorick each were credited with two RBIs each.    Salter pitched two innings and struck out five while Jeffcoat pitched 2.2 innings and struck out six while allowing both of the Tigers two hits. Craps struck out the one batter he faced while Watson pitched an inning and struck out two.

Fox Creek 6, B-L 2

On Tuesday, the Panthers traveled to Fox Creek to face the Predators.

Fox Creek would build a 4-0 lead through three innings and made it 6-0 in the top of the fifth before B-L got on the board. In the first inning the Predators scored an unearned run before stringing together three two-out singles in the second to plate two runs. Two-out hitting would plate the third inning run as well as the Predators collected nine hits from throughout the lineup.

Trailing 6-0 in the fifth, B-L would score when Lorick walked and advanced on a fielder’s choice and eventually scored on a single to right field by Craps. In the sixth, B-L would again manufacture a run as Jeffcoat walked and eventually scored on a ground out as the Predators tried to turn a double play but Boozer beat the throw out.

In the seventh, Lorick would reach on an error but never advanced past first base as the Panthers fell 6-2. B-L managed just three hits all night while Salter, Craps and Bouknight combined on the mound for the Panthers.

Fox Creek 3, B-L 2

On Friday night, the Panthers hosted the Predators before a large crowd.

B-L would take a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Craps doubled to center field, stole third base and then scored on a single to center field by Chavez. Fox Creek would answer with two runs in the fourth on three walks and two singles, but they left the bases loaded as Chavez worked out of the jam.

In the sixth inning, B-L fought back to tie the game as Chavez led off the inning with a single to center field, stole second base. Boozer would then draw a walk before Salter doubled to left field to score Chavez. Boozer would eventually be out trying to score on a fielder’s choice by Bouknight as the game would go to the seventh tied 2-2.

In the seventh, Watson would reach to start the inning and was sacrificed to second by Craps, but Watson attempted to advance on Todd’s flyball out to right field but was thrown out at third.

The Predators would push a run across as the lead-off batter reached on an error but was retired on a fielder’s choice on the next batter. A stolen base and a walk would follow before the lead runner reached third on a passed ball and eventually scored on a fielder’s choice as he beat the throw home to make it 3-2.

Chavez would lead B-L at the plate going 2-2 as BL tallied just four hits. Chavez also pitched four innings before turning the ball over to Craps.