Pam Pack sweeps Jaguars in thrilling fashion

Published 11:53 am Saturday, March 25, 2017

Washington won a big game against the Farmville Central Jaguars Friday night, 6-5. The game featured comebacks by first the Jags, then the Pam Pack as it evened its season record at 5-5, but more importantly, improved its 2-A Eastern Plains Conference mark to 2-0. The Pack swept the home-and-home season series with Farmville Central.

Junior pitcher Tyler Harrell started the contest for the Pam Pack. He pitched five full innings in a no-decision outing. Harrell gave up five hits, five runs, but struck out four Jaguar batters. Harrell did not issue a walk.

Junior Chris Sulc pitched the last two innings to gain the win. In his stint, Sulc gave up one hit, and struck out two batters. This is the second-consecutive game that Sulc has finished for Washington. He is becoming the go to fireman.

Washington struck first for two runs in the first inning behind senior Matt Black’s walk, and consecutive singles by junior Fred Holscher and senior Logan Little. Little’s hit plated both Black and Holscher. The Pam Pack yielded a single run in the top of the second when Farmville Central pounded a triple and two singles.

Washington pushed its lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the third when Little reached base on an error and junior Cooper Anderson was safe on a fielder’s choice. Senior Tripp Barfield drove Little home with a single to left and Anderson came home on a sacrifice fly to right field by junior Drew Ferguson.

The Jaguars mounted their comeback by scoring four two-out runs in the top of the fifth inning, all off of Harrell. The Jags collected three hits and took advantage of an out error to score their four runs. At the end of the fifth, the Pam Pack trailed 5-4, but had a comeback of its own to win the game.

In the top of the sixth, and after two strikeouts, Sulc legged out an infield hit, stole second, and tied the score on a single by Little. Holscher also scored after walking, moving up on Little’s hit, and finally touching the plate with the winning run on a single by Anderson.

The Jags attempted to tie the score in the top of the seventh when their second batter singled and moved to third on two wild pitches. With two outs, a pitch made it to the backstop and the runner broke for home, but catcher Anderson retrieved the ball causing the runner to stop halfway. The runner was tagged out in a run down by Barfield to end the game in exciting fashion.

In a reversal from Tuesday’s dismal hitting display, Washington pounded out 12 hits against Jag pitching. Little, Black, and Anderson led the way with two hits apiece.

Washington will look to improve on its perfect league start next week with a home-and-home series with North Pitt. The Panthers visit Washington Tuesday night, and the Pam Pack returns the favor by visiting Bethel next Friday.