Panthers Rally In 7th To Split With Storm

With two outs, a single by Braedyn Frank drove in the go-ahead run to make it 6-5.
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Dan Eyrich, AP Sports

After going scoreless in the first six innings at Bureau Valley on Saturday, in the first game of doubleheader, the EP Panthers rallied for six runs in their final at-bat and held on for a 6-5 win. In the second game it was the Storm that rallied back to tie the game in the fourth and seemingly put it out of reach scoring six in the fifth but the Panthers came back late coming up just short falling 13-11.

In the opener starter Caden VanHorn went 3 innings gave up just 1 hit, no earned runs, struck out 5 and walked 2.

The Storm picked up an unearned run in the first after a single and a dropped third strike combined with an error to put the home team up 1-0.

Braylon Swertfeger took over the pitching duties in the bottom of the third giving up two runs on a pair of singles and a walk to put BV up 3-0 after three.

The Storm tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the fourth taking advantage of four walks and a single to make it 5-0.

EP got their rally started in the top of the seventh with a one out double by Ethan Daubman driving in Swertfeger who had walked to get the Panthers on the board. A single by Tristan Hovey, an error, and a double by Owen Farral made it a 5-3 game. Logan Copeland took a bases-loaded walk to to get the Panthers within one and a second bases-loaded walk taken by Swertfeger tied the game. With two outs, a single by Braedyn Frank drove in the go-ahead run to make it 6-5.

Swertfeger and VanHorn combined to set down the Storm in order in the seventh to secure the 6-5 win.

Owen Farral and Braedyn Frank each had 2 hits and an RBI for the Panthers. As a team EP collected 5 walks and struck out 10 times.

In the second game the cool weather had little effect on both teams’ offenses as they combined for 24 runs and 23 hits.

After falling behind 1-0 the first inning the Panthers scored three in the top of the second converting a single, two walks, and an error to go up 3-1.

BV responded in the bottom of the inning scoring three times to retake the lead.

The Panthers then rallied back in the top of the fourth scoring three times courtesy of singles by Evan Steimle, Owen Farral, and Parker Rangel to take a 6-4 lead.

BV tied the contest scoring twice in the fourth and then scored six times in the fifth to make it a 12-6 contest but the Panthers didn’t quit scoring five times after two were out in the sixth to make it a one run game. A single by Victor Bonnell, his fourth hit of the game, got things started driving in VanHorn who had walked. Bonnell would score on a wild pitch after stealing second and third to make it 12-8. A single by Eli Heyvaert, a BV error on a ground ball by Amen Barron, and a double by Ethan Daubman made it a 12-11 game.

Zane Romero took over the pitching duties in the sixth inning and was greeted by a double that would lead to BV’s 13th run.

The Panthers went down in order in the seventh to end the game.

Bonnell had a RBI to go along with his 4 hits and scored twice. Parker Rangel had 1 hit with 2 RBIs and Amen Barron had 2 RBIs and scored once. The team collected 6 walks and struck out 5 times.

Evan Steimle took the loss giving up 11 hits, 4 earned runs, striking out 3 and walking 6.

With a 3-9 record the Panthers will host Morrison on Monday.

JV Wins Two

The EP JV squad picked up a pair of wins at home over Bureau Valley in two five inning games.

EP won the first game 4-3 picking up two runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth.

In the second game Brice Howell and Jace Howard combined on a two-hit shoutout for a 2-0 win.

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