The Lady Panthers completed their softball season with a record number of wins that took them to the playoffs. They ended their season with an overall record of 13-8 and 7-6 in 3S-AAA region.
The Lady Panthers traveled to Savannah to Paulsen Stadium on Friday where they battled for playoff brackets. Here is how they fared:
Harlem 4, Panthers 0
Head coach Jerome Standard said the game was well matched and both teams had six hits but the Lady Bulldogs were able to cross the plate while the Panthers did not. Cassie Standard was on the mound and gave up six hits, had four strikeouts and no walks. Standard had two hits; and Courtney Miles, Dominique Sibley and Chelsea O’Quinn each had a hit and Ashley McRae had a single.
Washington County 1, Panthers 10
Coming out strong in game two, the Panthers were back to action at the bats. Freshman pitcher Jacklyn Gonzales took the mound giving up only two hits, three walks and getting five strikeouts. Hitting for the Panthers was Elyssa Lemapu, who went two of four with two doubles. Standard was three of four. Tyshunn Williams hit a single and Gonzales hit two singles in their 10-1 win.
Cross Creek 13, Panthers 3
In their final playoff game, the Lady Panthers were struck down by Cross Creek when they put up 13 scores to the Lady Panthers’ three. Not one to go out quietly, the three runs scored by the Panthers was brought in off a three-run homer by outgoing senior catcher Miles. Coach Standard said it was a “blast” that everyone knew was out of the ballpark as soon as it left the bat.
Standard also said that it was four crucial errors in the field that cost them the game. Besides the homer by Miles, Lemapu was two of two at bat and Standard was one of two.
For the season, the Lady Panthers had a batting average of 284 with 162 hits out of 571 at bats. The leading hitters for the season were Standard, with an average of 420, followed by Miles, 386, and Lemapu with an average of 377. Losing four seniors this year — catcher Miles, first baseman Nicole Graham, third baseman O’Quinn and shortstop McRae — the Panthers look forward to next year with returning pitchers Standard and Gonzales as well as plenty of upcoming talents from their junior varsity squad.