Prep Roundup: Panthers Pound PKY
Palatka High School sent 18 batters to the plate during a 14-run fourth inning that all but ended the District 5-5A matchup and led the visiting Panthers to a 20-4 softball rout of Gainesville P.K. Yonge on Tuesday.
The Panthers (10-6 overall, 4-5 in district) broke a fairly close game open with the 14-run inning, highlighted by a two run-single by Ja’Kya Wiggins and a two-run double from Carlie Drew. Bailee Driggers and Jesenia Feggins added RBI singles in the fourth.
Feggins finished 3-for-4 with two runs and five RBI and delivered the biggest blow of the night, a three-run home run over the fence. Wiggins was 4-for-4 with two runs and five RBI, while Makayla Clemons was 4-for-4 with three runs scored. Drew finished 2-for-2 with a run and four RBI, while Kortnee Booth ended up 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI. Brittney Funk had a hit, run and an RBI, as did Driggers. Though she didn’t get a hit, Jaden Musgrove drove in a run and had three runs scored.
Aubrey Brown (4-4) went 3 2/3 innings to get the win in the four-inning venture, walking five, striking out four and allowing four runs on three hits. Clemons came in to get the final out to end it.
The Panthers will travel to Bradford in another district matchup Thursday night.
n It has been feast or famine for Peniel Baptist Academy this spring.
The Warriors are just 4-10, but the four victories have been run-rule routs – three one-hitters and a no-hitter at that.
Austin Spedden hit an inside-the-park home run and pitched the first three innings of a four-inning no-hitter on Tuesday as Peniel pounded winless Halifax Academy, 15-0, at the Francis Youth Complex.
Spedden (3-2) and Austin Wallace combined for seven strikeouts. There were also four walks and two hit batsmen, but the visiting Knights could not capitalize.
“It was OK, but it wasn’t good,” said Warriors coach Terry Goodwin.
Andrew Dennin went 2-2 with a double in Peniel’s seven-hit offense. Spedden’s home run was the team’s first of the year.
Weston Lassiter tripled, Jon Michael Foster doubled and Wallace and Lane Williams both singled for the Warriors. Wallace scored three runs and had two RBI.
n Palatka lost both matches in the St. Johns River Athletic Conference tournament, the boys falling to Middleburg, 5-2, while Middleburg’s girls blanked Palatka, 7-0.
The lone wins for the Panther boys (3-7) were by Logan Cutrer at second singles, and T.J. Davis at fourth singles, 8-1. The second doubles team of Parker Wright and Davis lost, but not before giving a battle against Gavin LeBlanc and Chris MacQueen, losing 20-18 in a tiebreaker.
The closest match on the girls’ side was Emma Coyle’s 8-6 loss to Haley Wadsworth at first singles. Palatka’s girls are 2-8.
Both Palatka teams will face a yet-to-be-determined opponent on Thursday.