Baseball: Pitching dominates as Panthers sweep Wabash 2-1, 3-0

Baseball: Pitching dominates as Panthers sweep Wabash 2-1, 3-0

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. - LaGrange got dominating pitching in sweeping a doubleheader from Wabash on Saturday at the Perfect Game LakePoint Complex.

The Panthers (7-3), who have won four straight games, edged the Little Giants (0-2) 2-1 in the first game and completed the sweep with a 3-0 win in the second game.

The Panthers got outstanding starting pitching out of senior Eric Morell and sophomore Ryan Broaderick.

Morell (3-0) went 7-1/3 innings to get the victory in the first game. He allowed four hits, the one run, walked two and struck out six.

Broaderick (1-1) scattered seven hits in the second game in pitching a complete game. He surrendered just two hits over the last four innings. Broaderick walked one and struck out six in getting his first win of the season.

"Morell and Broaderick did a great job setting the tone of both games," Coach David Kelton said. "Both worked quick and commanded the strike zone. I am very proud of how both of them competed against a very agreesive offense in Wabash. Two great starts leading into conference next weekend."

The Panthers opened the scoring in the first game. Tavin Thompson led off the Panthers' half of the first inning with a double and later scored on Cain Saul's base hit to left. Blane Swift added a two-out RBI single to make it 2-0.

The Panthers were holding on to a 2-1 lead in the eighth when Wabash put the tying run on second with one out. Blake Schuck relieved Morell, then picked off Brock Heffron for the second out and got Tyler Downing to pop out to get out of the inning.

In the ninth, Adam DeWitt came on to close out the game. DeWitt pitched around a hit batter to record his second save of the season.

Broaderick pitched around trouble three times in the first five innings of the second game. He stranded eight runners, including a bases loaded jam in the fourth.

The Panthers broke up a scoreless game in the fifth. Keith Sims tripled to the base of the center field fence to lead off the inning. He scored the game's first run as Thompson reached on an error. Thompson later came around to score on Sauls' hit through the left side for a 2-0 lead.

In the sixth, the Panthers added an insurance run to go up 3-0. Grant Perry started the inning with one-hop double to the left field fence. He came home as Sims flew out to deep right.

The two teams wrap up the three-game series Sunday at the Perfect Game LakePoint Complex starting at 12 p.m.