Prep baseball: Panthers complete sweep of Orange Park
Winless Orange Park lived down to expectations Monday night, but the Palatka High School baseball team more than did its part on an 11-3 road victory that completed a season sweep of the Raiders.
Rhett Lamoreaux went 3-4, including a two-run homer in the second inning, to lead a 10-hit offense as the Panthers improved to 5-9.
“They didn’t walk as many (four) as you would think,” said PHS coach Alan Rick, whose club benefited from a sackful of free passes in their March 7 meeting. “Our guys had good at-bats. You take it as you can get it.”
Palatka pounced for four runs in the first inning, then rode the Lamoreaux home run to a 6-0 lead in the second. Orange Park got those two runs back in the bottom half and it held at 6-2 until the Panthers’ five-run fifth inning.
Chris Hudson went 2-4 and Austin Langston doubled for the Panthers. J.C. Conner, Travis Stanley, Logan Harper and Colin Orr all singled.
The first of four pitchers, Blake Johns (1-1) picked up the win.
n Chase Mascia’s three-run homer gave Crescent City a one-run lead in the top of the third but it dissolved amid errors and St. Augustine hits in an 8-4 victory for the Yellow Jackets.
Luis Rivera was 2-3 and Will Owens singled for the Raiders, who dropped to 5-9. St. Augustine is 4-2 against Putnam County opponents this season and 6-7 overall.
Mascia (1-5) pitched the first four innings and took the loss.
n Peniel Baptist Academy made a ghastly 10 errors in a 9-1 loss in a District 3-2A game at Ocala St. John Lutheran.
“Our pitchers did well, but we did not make the plays behind them. It wasn’t any one guy,” said Warriors coach Terry Goodwin, whose team fell to 6-7 overall and 2-5 in the district.
Losing pitcher Kenyon Dodge (0-1) had two of Peniel’s three hits. Austin Spedden had the other. The teams meet again tonight at the Francis Youth Complex.