Baseball: Berry edges Panthers 6-5 in 10 innings

Baseball: Berry edges Panthers 6-5 in 10 innings

MOUNT BERRY, Ga. - Berry pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the 10th to edge LaGrange 6-5 at frigid Bowdoin Field on Wednesday.

The loss was the first of the season for the Panthers (3-1). The game started with the temperature in the upper 30s before dropping by the end of the game.

Blane Swift and Keith Sims each had two hits as the Panthers finished with 11 for the game. Swift had a double and a triple, plus two RBIs.

The Panthers had two errors in the game that led to three unearned runs.

"We made too many mistakes today," said Coach David Kelton. "Our guys fought hard and kept coming back. Ultimately, we gave Berry too much. That was the difference in the game."

The Panthers came from behind to tie the game three times. They opened the scoring in the first inning.

With two outs, Blake Butcher tripled and Cain Sauls walked. Butcher came home as Sauls stole second to make it 1-0.

The Vikings (4-0) came back with a run in the first and another in the third off Panther starter Zack English to go up 2-1.

The Panthers got a run in the fourth to even the score. Sauls and Chad Pigg opened the inning with back-to-back singles. Both runners moved up on a ground out, then Sauls scored as Swift flew out right field.

The Panthers tied the game at 3-3 in the seventh. Casey Bell singled through a drawn in infield to score Sims, who had led off the inning with a single.

The Vikings got two runs in their half of the seventh to go back up 5-3. The Panthers answered in the top of the eighth.

James Maxwell and Swift had back-to-back doubles to make it 5-4. Pinch hitter Elijah Braque singled off the second baseman's glove to drive in Swift with the tying run.

It remained tied until the 10th. The Vikings coaxed two walks off reliever Austin Perez (0-1). Adam DeWitt came in for Perez and got the second out of the inning. But Dusty Tyson's single drove in the winning run.

The Panthers play at Millsaps in a non-conference game Friday.