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Calvary too much for Panthers

Calvary too much for Panthers

Calvary too much for Panthers

PORTAL – It was a night-and-day difference between two pitching staffs.

            Calvary Day’s Ryan Lawlor and Tyler Boshlor was masterful while Portal pitchers struggled with their control as the Cavaliers took home an easy 16-0 win Thursday evening at Coleman Field.

            “That wasn’t a very good effort by us tonight,” said Portal coach Tendai Hagins. “We never really showed up. It looked like we were just going through the motions out there and we just rolled over for (Calvary).”

            Calvary wasted no time getting started as Ashly Morris led off the game with a triple off of Nick McCranie. Joey Lupus then grounded to second, bringing in Morris for a quick 1-0 lead.

            Two walks and a hit batter loaded the bases before some misfortune caused the Panthers more trouble.

            Jarrod Pedigo hit what looked to be an inning-ending double play ball to second, but a bad hop kept Raybon Hutchinson from making a play and pushed Boshlor across the plate.

            Things went from bad to worse for Portal as a bases loaded walk to Skylar Strickland scored Daniel Payne, and wild pitches by McCranie allowed Ross Howard and Pedigo to score, chasing McCranie from the game. Charlie Waters closed out the inning, but the Cavaliers already had built a lofty 5-0 lead.

            Conversely, Lawlor was on his game from the first pitch.

            The hard-throwing lefty allowed just two base runners in the first three innings and no Panther advanced further than second base on the night.

            “(Lawler) was really hitting his spots,” said Hagins. “He got ahead on almost every batter and our guys looked at too many good pitches and got put into holes in a lot of counts.”

            Two more walks – Portal pitchers surrendered a total of 16 free passes – got the Cavaliers going again in the third, and Waters threw wide of first on a sacrifice bunt attempt, allowing two runners to score and ballooning the Calvary lead to 9-0.

            Three more walks were issued by Hunter Oglesby in the fourth, and Morris smacked a two-out single to left that brought home Strickland and Jamie Bragg for an 11-0 advantage.

            “Our pitchers really struggled with location,” said Hagins. “To compete, you have to be able to throw strikes and field the ball, and we didn’t do a very good job of either tonight.”

            The Cavaliers tacked on five more insurance runs in the top of the fifth, and Boshler relieved Lawlor in the bottom half, slamming the door on Portal and bringing the game to an early end via the 10-run rule.

            “I was really disappointed tonight,” said Hagins. “This isn’t the same team I saw out there Monday and Tuesday of this week. Hopefully, we can come out ready to play next game.”

            Portal has the weekend off, but will try to rebound next week as the Panthers visit Emanuel County Institute Tuesday and travel to Savannah Christian Wednesday.


            Mike Anthony can be reached at (912) 489-9404.


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