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Lady Panthers having record season
8-3 overall and 2-0 in the region
Panthers Coach Jerome Standard watches the game along with Dminique Sibley. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon
The Lady Panthers played three games in the last week with only one loss and a new season record. The Panthers are 8-3 for the season and 2-0 in region play as they annihilated the Hephzibah Rebels in a double-header regional game on Saturday.
The Panthers went to Tattnall County on Sept. 6, for a make up game from earlier this season that was called due to bad weather. According to head coach Jerome Standard, the Lady Panthers lacked in defense and were not hitting well, leading to the 11-1 loss.
“We had a bad outing,” Standard said. “We brought our “C” game and it showed in the final score.”
Perhaps sensing that the coach was not pleased and not liking the way a loss feels, it was apparent the Lady Panthers stepped on the field against Hephzibah with a renewed determination and definitely their “A” game Saturday afternoon.
The first game in the double header ended in the fifth inning as the Lady Panthers shut out the Rebels with the run rule (10-0). Leading on the mound for the first game was Cassie Standard who had 6 strike outs, no walks and allowed only 1 hit. Tyshunn Williams was 3 of 4; Ashley McRae was 1 of 3 with a double, Cassie Standard hit a single, Elyssa Lemapu was 2 of 3 with 2 singles, Courtney Miles, Chelsea O’Quinn and Nicole Graham each had a single. Dominique Sibley had a good day at bat going 2 of 3 with 2 doubles.
Keeping that momentum as they approached the start of the second game was critical.
“It was a flawless performance,” Standard said of the first game. “They brought their “A” game. There were no errors the bats were hot it was great,” he said.
The ladies carried that momentum The ladies carried that momentum into game 2 against the Rebels, once again pulling out an early lead and an 11-5 win.
In the first inning of the second game coach Standard asked his team to go out there and get three runs, which is exactly what the Ladies went on to do, taking a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. They were able to hold Hephzibah scoreless until the fourth inning, and the Lady Panthers proved themselves worthy over their regional opponent with a solid win.
On the mound for game 2 was Jacklyn Gonzales. The freshman continues to improve her pitching skills and will be an invaluable member of their team for the next few years. Gonzales had 5 strike outs, 2 walks and allowed 5 hits.
The battery continued to be hot with Tyshunn Williams leading with 2 of 4, Elyssa Lemapu was 2 of 2 with doubles, Cassie Standard, Chelsea O’Quinn, Courtney Miles, Nicole Graham and Jacklyn Gonzales each hit singles.
“I’m very pleased with the way they played and continue to play,” Standard said. “This is the best start and season since I’ve been coaching for the Panthers,” he said.
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