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Lady Panthers split double header
Cassie standards slides into third base as Dominique sibley watches. The Panthers came from behind in the first game of the double header 12-10 but lost the second game 11-1. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon


Great hitting brought the Panthers closer and eventually they pulled out a winner.

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The Lady Panthers traveled to Wayne County to face the Yellow Jackets Tuesday afternoon for a double header. The first game was a nail biter for the Panthers who were trailing the Yellow Jackets 7-3 in the fifth inning. The Panthers started Cassie Standard on the mound but switched to Jacklyn Gonzales who recently moved up from the JV squad. It was all Yellow Jackets until late in the seventh inning when suddenly the Lady Panthers bats were on fire. After the yellow Jackets walked three players on base, Ashley McRae hit a triple starting the scoring drive and the Panthers momentum. In the last inning the Yellow Jackets looked to stage their own comeback with a home run, but the Lady Panthers kicked up the defense and held on for the 12-10 win.
Ashley McRae was 1 for 3 with a triple and 3RBI’s. Cassie Standard was 3 for 4 with a double; Elyssa Lemapu, Courtney Miles and Chelsea O’Quinn each had a single.
After a ten-minute break the teams faced off again but this time the game and the momentum stayed with the Yellow Jackets as they stung the Panthers with an 11-1 victory.
“They started off real good,” head coach Jerome Standard said. “Tyshunn Williams was on third and Cassie standard hit a line drive, but the Yellow Jackets mad a double play out of it and that deflated our team and got the Yellow Jackets going hard,” he said. Cassie Standard, Tyshunn Williams each had a hit and Dominique Sibley, Jacklyn Gonzales and Lystazyia Stevens each had singles. Elyssa Lemapu was 2 for 3.
Despite the loss in the second game Standard was pleased with the Lady Panthers and was impressed with the progression of Gonzales. “Jacklyn Gonzales is developing as a varsity pitcher for our team,” he said. “She started for us last week and today she pitched in both games and has a win and a loss.” Standard said that it was the fielding that hurt them in the second game adding the too many fly balls were being dropped.
The Lady Panthers traveled to Tattnall County on Thursday afternoon for a make up game against Tattnall that was rescheduled earlier this season due to inclement weather. Currently the Lady Panthers are 6-2 for the season and hope to beat tattnall to break the school record with 7-2 coming into regional play.
The true test for the Lady Panthers begins Saturday at 11:30 a.m. when regional play begins against Hephzibah at home.
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