The Panthers Win a Close One

by Tim Fink, Staff Writer

On Thursday, Apr. 23, the baseball team played Hackensack. They won 7-6 at home. Matt Lange and Parker Chan went 2 for 4 with a run each. Chan had two RBIs and Lange had one and a double. “I thought we played hard and tough on Thursday. We did what we had to do to get the win despite a few errors,” said catcher, John Scandale. Starting pitcher Greg Warner started the team off well, letting up only one run in four innings.

The Panthers rallied and scored six runs in the third and fourth innings.

Hackensack battled for four runs in the fifth, closing the gap to 6-5.  The coach stood by his pitcher, however, as it was the Panthers’ defense that was letting the team down.  A general lack of coordination was the only explanation for how the normally sure-handed Panthers almost handed the Comets the game.

The coach’s confidence paid off, as the Glen Rock squad stopped the bleeding and even added a run to their lead in the sixth.  With the lead at two, Warner and the defense were able to settle down and finish off the Comets. Hackensack tried for a comeback, even managing to score a run in the seventh, but it was not enough to win.

The errors kept Hackensack in the game, but the Panthers prevailed. Their schedule this week is very tough. “This week we have five games in six days all against top 25 teams in the area.  The amount of games this week leaves very little time for the Panthers to practice.

This week will definitely test our team’s focus and our pitching depth,” said pitcher, Zach Waller.