Baseball: Panthers rally past Roanoke 7-4

Photo by Jacob Krzysiak
Photo by Jacob Krzysiak

LaGrange had a season-high five doubles in a come-from-behind 7-4 win over Roanoke on Wednesday at Cleaveland Field in Williamson Stadium. The Panthers improved to 10-4 with their fifth win in the last six games.

The Panthers had 12 hits in the game with five different players getting two hits. Rhett Hollon's two hits were both doubles. Cael Chatham, EJ Churchich, and McKinley Erves each had a double included in their two hits. Churchich and Joe Ruth each had two RBIs. Ruth is tied for first in the USA South with 18 RBIs. 

LC used six pitchers in the game. Michael Menheart started and allowed three runs in 1-1/3 innings. Anthony Elias threw 2-2/3 scoreless innings. Coston Anderson (1-0) picked up the win, giving up a run in 1-1/3 innings of work. Gibson Bittner, Tanner Chafin, and Spencer Douches shut out the Maroons (2-6) over the final 3-2/3 innings. Douches earned his first save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth inning.

Roanoke broke a 1-1 tie with two runs in the second inning to lead 3-1. The Panthers got an unearned run in the third. Hollon led off with a double to left and later scored on a passed ball to make it 3-2.

LC took the lead for good with a four-run fifth inning. The Panthers loaded the bases with one out. Churchich drove in the tying and go-ahead run with his double to left field. Trey Pearce had a run-scoring single and Jack Layrisson's sacrifice fly brought in the final run of the inning to make it 6-3. The Maroons got a run back in the sixth to make it 6-4. Ruth drew a two-out bases-loaded walk for an insurance run in the eighth for the final 7-4 score.

The Panthers open a three-game USA South series at Huntingdon on Friday. Huntingdon, ranked 10th nationally by, leads the conference with a 5-0 record and is 13-0 overall. Huntingdon is one of two conference teams ranked in the Top 25 poll. Piedmont is ranked 19th, while the Panthers and Methodist are receiving votes in the poll.