Panthers rally from big early deficit to beat Pointers in OVC

Published 11:58 pm Saturday, April 2, 2016

Jim Walker


CHESAPEAKE — Derek Morris must have a short memory.

After giving up six runs in the first inning, Morris pitched four scoreless innings and the Chesapeake Panthers rallied to beat the South Point Pointers 10-7 on Friday in an Ohio Valley Conference game.

“The key was Derek Moore gave up six runs in the first inning but he shook it off and gave us four scoreless innings after that,” said Panthers’ coach Justin Davis.

“We hit the ball pretty well. The first inning they hit everything we threw up there. It old the kids you just got to chip away and chip away. I knew we could hit. I felt we could come back. We just had to stop them from scoring.”

South Point took a 6-0 lead in the top of the first inning highlighted by Chris Woodard’s home run after Douglas Shaffer reached on an error to start the game.

Chesapeake got single runs in the first and second innings and Kolton Webb’s two-run double in the third cut the deficit to 6-4.

The Panthers’ completed the comeback with a five-run fourth inning.

Jamey Mills and Webb singled and Dakota Webb had two-run double to start the rally and Dalton Nida had a two-run- triple to end it.

Chesapeake (1-1, 1-0) had 10 hits with Blankenship going 3-3 while Mills and Webb were 2-4 and Josh Hampton 2-2.

Tanner Hall was 2-3 and Brandon Layne 2-4 for South Point.

On Monday, the Panthers host Rock Hill while South Point entertains Gallipolis.

South Point 600 000 1 = 7 8 2

Chesapeake 112 510 x = 10 10 3

Chris Woodard, Travis Dillon (4) and Christian Pritchard. Derek Morris, Jamey Mills (6) and Blake Ashworth. W-Morris (IP-5, K-6, BB-3, R-6). Save-Mills (IP-2, K-1, BB-0). L-Dillon (K-3, BB-0). Woodard (IP-4, K-4, BB-3). Hitting-SP: Chris Woodard 1-3 HR, Jonathan Henline 1-3, Brandon Layne 2-4, Tanner Hall 2-3, Logan Wade 1-3 2B, Colton Napier 1-3; Chesapeake: Jamey Mills 2-4, Colton Webb 2-4 2B, Dakota Blankenship 3-3, Blake Ashworth SF rbi, Dalton Nida 1-2, Josh Hampton 2-2 sac.