Ga. – After battling back and forth with Marucci Elite 15u on
Wednesday, the South Charlotte Panthers came out victorious after a
rally in the fifth inning, scoring four runs.
were down early in this game and (the kids) just kept battling and
battling and we’re fortunate to come out with a win today over a
great team, Marucci.” said head coach Empsy Thompson.
Panthers were down by three going into the fifth inning, but singles
from Jake Holtzapple and Ike Freeman, and doubles from Bailey Meeks
and Jay Zarate helped them score four runs to take the lead.
on the edge of your seat; it’s exciting and this is why we come to
do it,” said Thompson.
guys who really did a great job were the guys who finished on the
mound, Bailey Meeks and Nick Bruno.”
pitched 3 1/3 innings only allowing two runs. Bruno came in to record
the last two outs of the last inning. He walked the first batter then
struck out the next two batters to win the game.
Panthers also played flawlessly on defense, making no errors.
there’s 16 kids in the dugout and they all played a role in today’s
game,” explained Thompson, “They all played very well.”
mentioned Freeman, Holtzapple and Luke Robinson as his top prospects.
Freeman has hit seven doubles this tournament and has eight RBI.
Holtzapple is hitting .533 in this tournament and has only made one
error in the field. Robinson is leading the team in home runs with
kids have done a tremendous job in this tournament,” explained
said Bruno is “definitely a (top prospect) from the pitchers
perspective.” Bruno has yet to give up a run in his 9 2/3 innings
on the mound, and has struck 10 batters out.
think our goal is just like everybody else that comes here with the
first goal (being) winning your pool and advancing to the playoffs,”
Panthers will now advance to the second round of the playoffs and
will face the Dulin Dodgers 15u today at the East Cobb Baseball
take it one pitch at a time and we’ll see what happens,” said
Thompson, “(We’re) hoping to play in that last game.”