Panther bats come alive in the ‘cap
White Cloud 5- 15 Hesperia 1-14
The Panthers showed big improvements Wednesday both offensively and defensively in their league rematch with White Cloud. In game 1, Hunter Billman looked strong on the mound for Hesperia. The junior pitcher scattered five hits over 3.1 innings and struck out 2. All five Indian runs were scored in the third inning in when Hesperia committed three errors. Travis Kurtz and River Montague each had a hit for Hesperia.
In game two, the Panthers found themselves again down 5-1 after three innings. Then a leadoff walk by Armando Escobedo, and singles by Billman and Logan Hernandez sparked a five run 4th inning for Hesperia tying the game at 6.
Hesperia bats stayed hot scoring four runs in both the 5th and 6th innings; the Indians continued to answer with runs and at the end of six innings Hesperia led 14-12. In the top of the seventh, Hesperia was unable to score and the Indians scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to win 15-14.
Braden Nielsen only gave up four hits in the loss for the Panthers. Hunter Billman and Braden Nielsen each had 3 hits, Nielsen drove in 3 runs and Billman scored 3 runs. Logan Hernandez added two hits with 2 RBI. Michael Norris, Kohen Heckman, Alex Sayer and Travis Kurtz also had a hit for Hesperia.
Kent City 16-13 Hesperia 1=2
The Panthers defense took a step back Monday as they committed 14 errors in their double header v. KC. In the opening game, Michael Norris took the mound and only gave up 4 hits and ONE earned run. However 8 errors by the defense led to the 16-1 win by the Eagles. Hunter Gudyka led off the game with a walk and scored the team’s only run. Hunter Billman and Logan Hernandez each had a hit for the Panthers.
In game two, the Hesperia defense made 6 more errors encountered to a 13-2 loss. Kohen Heckman scattered 8 hits from the mound while River Montague and Alex Sayer each had a hit and a run scored. Travis Kurtz had the third hit for the Panthers.