Written and Media By Brianna Anderson.
A Weekend Full of Baseball
Panthers vs. Panthers
The Greenville College Baseball Team took on Principia Friday, April 1 in Elsah, Ill, in what turned out to be a back and forth affair. The Panthers started off the game with an RBI (run batted in) by Trevor Montgomery, which scored Mike Hardin. With a 2-0 lead, thanks to a sacrifice fly by Travis Ralls, freshman Cole Becker headed out to the mound. Even though Principia went ahead of the Panthers thanks to a three-run home run, the Panthers didn’t give up. Ralls came up to the plate in the third inning with the game tied at three. The first pitch to Ralls came and out of the park it went. As the game went on, it was a battle for the lead. The GC defense was incredible and kept Principia from pushing across runs in key situations. Senior CJ Opp replaced Becker out of the bullpen and kept the Principia hitters at bay. As Principia kept fighting to get a runner to advance to home, Opp did his job on the mound by keeping Principia scoreless. Going into the ninth inning, the Panthers were down by one run. They capitalized in the ninth right away by scoring two on an error after a Nate Miller hit to reclaim the lead 6-5. The Panthers weren’t even close to being done. Montgomery then hit an inside-the-park homerun to make the score 8=5. Jesse Getz also had a two RBI single to make the final margin 11-5 in favor of GC.
Listen below as we hear from Seniors CJ Opp and Mike Hardin about the game.
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Panthers vs. Blue Jays
On Saturday, April 2, the Panthers were in action again, but this time it was on their home field against Westminister. The games didn’t go as the Greenville crew had wished. They took two losses by the scores of 21-0 in the first game and 11-6 in the second. In the opener, the Panthers kept their effort up but their bats just weren’t answering. Westminster took the lead in the second inning with a three run homer to make the score 4-0. In the sixth inning, Westminster added another three run homer to make the score 10-0.
In the second game, Jonah Moore started off on the mound, as GC trailed after the first inning 4-0. Dillion Reel took the ball after Moore was hit by a line drive to his pitching arm. In the third inning, Montgomery sent the ball over the right field wall to put the Panthers on the board as they trailed 6-1. GC would respond in the fourth inning by putting across five runs, highlighted by a Max Gabriel triple, to cut the deficit to 8-6. The Greenville bats were set back to silent mode again for the rest of the game as they dropped the contest 11-6.
The Panthers (7-15, 2-4 SLIAC) play at home on Tuesday, April 5 against Webster University at 5 and 7:30 P.M. Come out and support your Panthers during their conference games.