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Panthers overcome slow start to overpower Upson-Lee

The Perry Panthers baseball team returned from spring break at home against the Upson-Lee Knights earlier tonight and the result was a 15-5 Panthers’ victory in five innings. The Maroon, Gold, and White got off to a rocky start as they struggled to find the strike zone and the Knights plated the game’s first four runs to lead 4-0 going into the last of the first.

The game would remain 4-0 Upson-Lee going into the last of the second but that is where Perry started to knock the rust off as they plated three runs via a passed ball, a sac fly, and an rbi single to trail by one going into inning three and the last half of inning three is where the host kicked the doors in and put the game to bed.

The Maroon, Gold, and White would plate 11 runs in the bottom of the third and they were scored via a bases rounding walk, a two-rbi double, another bases rounding walk, a sac pop out, a third bases rounding walk, a fourth bases rounding walk, a two-rbi single, and a two rbi triple to give Perry a 14-4 lead going into the fourth inning.

Upson-Lee would hit a leadoff jack to right to cut the gap down to 14-5 in the first of the fourth and the Panthers would end the game in the last of the fifth with an rbi double to give the host the 15-5 victory. Peyton Davis led the Panthers in rbis with four followed by Jackson Thompson with three, Nate Sullivan with two, and Brady Bearden, Seth Harper, and Colter Ginn with one each. The Knights had two rbis from two different players.

Perry’s three pitchers, Miles Jones, Zack Herman, and Colter Ginn who made his first ever appearance on the bump all combined to surrender five runs (four earned) on six hits, walking five, and striking out three in the process while the Knights’ pitchers combined to allow 15 runs (14 earned) on nine hits, walking 11, and striking out four in the process.

The Panthers improve to 19-2 overall after winning their 11th consecutive game and will host a talented Coffee Trojans squad on Wednesday while Upson-Lee falls to 6-15 overall and will host Taylor Co tomorrow.

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