Both the Panorama baseball and softball teams made the quick trip to Guthrie Center to face off against AC/GC to start the week.
On the baseball field, Panorama drew first blood by plating a run in the first. The Chargers answered back by scoring two of their own in the bottom half of the frame. The scoring was just getting started as the Panthers added two more in the second, only to be matched by AC/GC in the bottom half. Panorama would keep on scoring in the third adding three more runs. This time they were able to keep AC/GC scoreless in their half of the inning. The Panthers would add one more run in the fourth, two more in the sixth, and five in the seventh as they also kept the Charger bats quiet to roll to a 14-4 victory on the road. AC/GC’s Newell Rodgers led the way reaching base three times on one single and two walks. Panorama improves to 5-2, while the Chargers fall to 3-8.
On the softball field, it was a much more exciting game. The exact kind we’ve come to expect from Panorama and AC/GC. Last year they split the season series with Panorama picking up an 11-9 win in extra innings and nearly erasing a five-run deficit in the second game before the Chargers earned a 6-5 victory. Shey Storesund started the evening off with a leadoff single. She didn’t have to wait long before being batted in with a two-run homerun from Jaidyn Sellers as she blasted one over the wall in right-center. After that, opening pitcher EmmaKay McClain settled things down over the next couple frames.
After a great start from Panorama ace Grace Richey, she ran into a bit of trouble in the fourth as in the blink of an eye, AC/GC had the bases loaded with zero outs. It looked like she was going to get out of it unscathed with a grounder that was followed by a force out at home, then a lineout to third, as she drew a fly ball in the infield. A moment of confusion by a trio of Panther defenders ended with the ball landing in the dirt, allowing two runs to score to tie the game at 2-2. This stalemate wouldn’t last long as Panorama would strike back in the fifth by adding three runs in the fifth to jump back on top 5-2. They would add one more curcial run in their half of the seventh entering the final half-frame for AC/GC. Pinch hitter Audrey Franzeen led off the inning by being hit by a pitch, on what would have been ball four. McClain would follow that up with a walk of her own. Then just like that the bases were loaded with zero outs after Jorja Hoover was hit by a pitch. The Chargers would get as close as having the tying run at third base after earning three runs before Richey was able to secure the final out to end the game 6-5. Richey pitched another complete game, giving up just seven hits and five runs total.
Panorama improves to 4-5 while AC/GC drops to 2-7.