Caleb Riordan | Ameritime Sports Writer
East Carter handed the South Iron Panthers their third loss of the season Monday 5-3.
This was South Iron’s second loss in its last three games after previously winning nine in a row.
The Panthers jumped out to an early lead in the first inning. Harley Lewis hit a three-run homer that scored Cody Hughes and Joel Poston. Unfortunately for the Panthers, this was all the scoring they would do on the night.
In the bottom of the third East Carter had a big inning and rallied for five runs. A three-run homerun of their own capped off the rally and gave them a 5-3 lead. Then both offenses fell quiet for the rest of the game.
“We have been hitting the ball well, seemed as though we struggled getting hits against East Carter,” head coach Don Wakefield said. “I have to give credit to their pitching staff. They did a good job of keeping us guessing. It was a tough loss but we lost to a good East Carter baseball team.”
Poston went 2-3 at the plate and scored a run. Lewis went 1-3 and had three RBIs. Drenin Dinkins had the only other hit for the Panthers. Brock Wakefield drew three walks and Brandon Young drew two.
Hunter Kelley started the game on the mound. He threw 44 pitches through two innings, allowed four runs, stuck out two and walked two. Wakefield came in after. He pitched four innings, threw 63 pitches, allowed one run and struck out nine.
The loss put South Iron’s record at 10-3. The Panthers’ next test comes against Ellington on Friday, Sep. 25.