The EP Panther baseball team took a long drive to East Dubuque on Saturday to play a pair of games. The first was against Boscobel, WI and the second featured the host East Dubuque Warriors
The two games could not have been more different as the Panthers pounded the Bulldogs from Wisconsin and then took a pounding from the Warriors.
In the first game Connor Meadows threw a gem as he gave up just 1 hit, a single in the 2 inning, walked just 1 and struck out 6 in the 5 inning game as the EP blanked the Bulldogs 15-0.
The Panthers jumped all over the Boscobel starter plating 8 runs in the opening frame. EP would collect 11 hits and 11 walks in the five inning contest with Bryce VanDeWostine Noah Wiseley each collecting 2 hits and 3 RBIs. Kolby Franks and Mason Misfeldt each had 2 hits and a2 RBIs with Misfeldt collecting the only extra base for the panthers with a double.
Coach Brad Tichler said,” Conner Meadows pitched really well with the bats coming alive early.”
The tables turned for EP in the game agaist the Warriors as they were shot gamed 16-6 in six innings.
The Warriors built a 4 run lead in the first two innings collecting two walks and four singles off of starter Bryce Jepson. The Panthers answered with 3 in the 3rd. A walk, a double by Kolby Franks and a pair of errors fueled the Panther rally.
The Bulldogs responded with a run in the 3rd but the Panthers would grab a short lived lead in the 4th. A leadoff triple by Connor Poff led to a run as Mason Misfeldt drove in Poff with a triple of his own. A walk to Jepson was followed by a double by Franks driving in 2 to give EP a 6-5 lead.
Noah Wiseley took over the pitching duties for the Panthers in the 4th and it did not go well. The warriors scored 5 runs using 4 walks, 2 hit batters, a sac fly, and 2 singles to do the damage.
The Warriors would add 2 more in the 5th and 4 in the 6th while holding the Panthers scoreless to end the game.
Tichler said the Panthers gave it away, “It was a case of too many freebies to East Dubuque who capitalized.”
The 3-6 Panthers host Sherrard On Tuesday.