Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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February 21, 2014

Americus-Sumter baseball falls to Baconton Charter in season opener

AMERICUS — The new-look Americus-Sumter baseball team opened the 2014 baseball season at their home stadium on Monday night against Baconton Charter. Although the Panthers started slow, the rust of the long offseason began to shake off in the third inning, giving Head Coach Todd Vickery’s squad some momentum going into their second week of play.

Americus-Sumter had a good start to their season in the first inning as starting pitcher Isaiah Ingram allowed just one run to the heart of the Blazer’s order. After failing to score in their half, however, the Panthers gave up seven runs in the top of the second to fall in a deep 8-0 hole early.

Ingram found his groove again on the mound in the third inning by tossing his first shutout inning of the season. His offense responded over the next two innings, scoring one run in the bottom of the third and fourth innings to cut the Blazer lead to just six runs, 8-2.

The fifth inning was the dagger for Americus-Sumter after the Panthers surrendered seven more runs, allowing Baconton to stretch their lead to a lopsided 15-2. Americus-Sumter had their most productive inning on offense in the bottom of the third by scoring three runs, but it was not enough to keep the game going because of the ten-run mercy rule.

Despite the slow start on offense, Ingram, Justin Vickery, and Jonathan Thomas each ended up collecting hits. Ingram was also joined by D.J. Harris, Tim Wilson, and Tywun Jackson in the RBI category with one apiece. Harris also had a stolen base.

The Panthers will return to the diamond on Tuesday to open Region 1-AAAA play against Albany High School. The match-up will take place at Americus-Sumter’s Thomas Bell Stadium on the school’s south campus at 5:30 p.m.

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