Defensive lapses prove costly in Panthers’ loss

Published 3:04 am Wednesday, April 1, 2009

WEST PORTSMOUTH — One number told the story: six errors.

The Chesapeake Panthers were guilty of six errors in a 12-2 loss to the Portsmouth West Senators on Tuesday.

Because of the defense, only four of the 12 runs were earned. Wes Lezu was pitching well into the third inning and the game scoreless, but he was forced to leave after an ankle injury and West scored four times.

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The Senators added six runs in the fourth to lead 10-0.

“Our pitching wasn’t that bad, but we dropped some balls we should have caught. We could have gotten out of the fourth with two runs and instead we give up six,” said Panthers coach JoeWaugh.

Chesapeake (1-1) got its two runs in the fifth inning as Nick Parnell, Jimmy Connor and Matt Angle all walked and Shane Pelfrey had a two-run single.

Mark Murphy pitched 4.2 innings to get the win as he held the Panthers to just three hits.

The Panthers host Huntington, W.Va., on Thursday.

Chesapeake 000 02 = 2 3 6

Ports. West 004 62 = 12 11 0

Wes Lezu, Shane Pelfrey (3), Zach Harris (4) and Colton Lindsey. Mark Murphy, Alfie Bricker (5) and Ethan Morgan. W-Murphy. L-Lezu. 2B-Chesapeake: Matt Angle: West: Brandon Rawlins. Hitting-Chesapeake: Matt Angle 1-3, Shane Pelfrey 2-13 2 rbi, Jon Baise 1-1; West: Travis Journey 1-4, Brandon Rawlins 1-3, Alfie Bricker 2-3 2-rbi, Ethan Morgan 1-4 2-rbi, Mark Murphy 2-4 3-rbi, Dale Swords 1-3 rbi, Joe Bartlett 1-3 rbi, Bryan Jordan 2-3 2-rbi.