Baseball: Panthers open season with two come-from-behind wins over Sewanee

Baseball: Panthers open season with two come-from-behind wins over Sewanee

SEWANEE, Tenn. - LaGrange opened its 2016 season with two come-from-behind wins over Sewanee in a non-conference doubleheader Saturday at McGee Field.

The Panthers (2-0) took the opener 3-2, then used an eight-run ninth inning to win 12-4 to complete the sweep of the Tigers (0-2).

"We had two good come from behind road wins today," said Coach David Kelton. "I was glad to see our guys push through some adversity. We definitely made some mistakes but we were able to capitalize in some key situations. It was a good day overall."

The Panthers trailed 2-0 entering the eighth inning of the first game. Chad Pigg led off the inning with a double and moved over to third on a passed ball. Joe Pradat follwed with a single to drive in Pigg to make it 2-1.

In the ninth, the Panthers were down to their final out with two runners on. Keith Sims reached on an error as James Maxwell came around to score the tying run. Tavin Thompson walked to load the bases and Casey Bell coaxed a walk to force in Pigg with the go-ahead run.

Blake Schuck (1-0) retired the Tigers in order in the bottom of the inning. Schuck entered the game in the eighth inning with two runners on. He walked his first batter but got inning-ending double play to get out of the jame.

Ryan Broaderick started the game and went 6-1/3 innings. He allowed the two runs and scattered six hits, while walking three and striking out six.

In the second game, the Panthers fell behind 3-0. They came back with four runs in the seventh to go up 4-3. Sims had a two-run single in the inning, while Blake Butcher drove in another with a base hit.

Sewanee tied the game in the bottom of the inning without benefit of a hit off reliever Austin Perez (1-0).

The Panthers bats erupted in the ninth inning. They sent 13 batters to the plate, scoring eight runs on eight hits.

Butcher broke the tie with a two-run home run to make it 6-4. Pigg and Elijah Braque each had two-run doubles, while Sims and Thompson added RBI singles.

The Panthers finished the game with 16 hits. Butcher and Thompson each had three hits, while Pradat and Sims had two apiece.

Josh Smith started the second game and went four innings. He allowed three runs, just one earned, while walking three and striking out one. Jonathan Fleckenstein pitched two scoreless innings of relief.

"Our newcomers had a good day and everybody started the day trying to do too much at the plate," noted Kelton. "They finally settled in late in game two."

The two teams conclude their series Sunday with one game beginning at 1 p.m.