Pam Pack baseball loses heartbreaker to Farmville Central

Published 12:21 pm Wednesday, April 1, 2015

FARMVILLE — Farmville Central walked off in the bottom of the seventh inning on Tuesday against Washington to win 4-3, handing the Pam Pack its fifth-straight loss by two-or-less runs.

Senior Patrick Thompson started the game and pitched into the bottom of the sixth inning before giving away to sophomore Cody Godly.

Farmville Central opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning with two runs on a bases loaded single to center with two outs. The Pack answered back with a run in the top of the second when sophomores Matthew Black and Nick Everett executed a two-out double steal, allowing Black to come in from third base. The Pack tied the score in the top of the third inning after a leadoff single from Jamond Ebron. Ebron eventually scored on a wild throw to first from the Jaguars shortstop, allowing the tying run to score.

Farmville Central struck back in the bottom of the fourth inning for their third run when Farmville turned a walk and two wild pitches resulting in a man on third base, who scored on a single to give the Jaguars a 3-2 lead. The Pack tied the score at three apiece in the top of the seventh inning when Black beat out an infield hit to short.  Black took second on the play after a poor throw from the shortstop to first. Black reached third on a sacrifice bunt and scored the tying run on a fielder’s choice to first base.

Farmville Central won the game in the bottom of the seventh inning after a fly out to first, a walk, a stolen base, which put the winning run at second, and a strike out.  With two-outs, a high chopper was hit to short and the throw to first was late. The runner on second did not stop as he rounded third base and beat the throw home for the winning run.

For the Pack, starting pitcher Thompson struck out nine Jaguar batters and reliever Godly struck out one. Ebron, Godly, Nick Everett, Neal Jennings and Black each had one hit for the Pack. Godly took the tough luck loss for Washington. The Pam Pack dropped to 0-2 in conference play and 1-6 overall. The young Pack, starting six sophomores and three seniors, continues to play close, low scoring, competitive games.

This article was contributed by Marty Black, a parent for the Washington baseball team.