The Maxwell Lady Panther’s competed in four league games last week, taking a double loss in Burney, but bounced back on their home field against Chester
On the road for a double header against Burney on April 26, the Lady Panthers fought back after falling down by five runs in the second inning.
A double by Madison Pearson in the fifth, and a passed ball during Ryann Dennis’s turn at bat, looked to be a comeback for Maxwell, but the six runs racked up by Burney in the second inning proved to be fatal as Burney claimed a 6-4 victory. Jocelyn Lazarus took the loss for the Lady Panthers, lasting six innings, allowing five hits and six runs, while striking out three. Bailee Haywood and Kimmi Garrison had multiple hits to lead the Lady Panthers offensively.
The Lady Panthers went scoreless in the second game against Burney, up to the fifth inning. A walk by Shelby Dunlap got the bases started on the scoreboard, as Dunlap stole home on a passed ball to give Maxwell their fist score of the game.
Walks by Emma Hendrix and Ryann Dennis added two more with a hard single to right field by Paige Vierra. Paired with a few errors by Burney, Maxwell closed the score gap 8-6.
Garrison led things off in the pitcher’s circle for Maxwell, allowing five hits and 11 runs over six innings, striking out six and walking zero.
But plagued by multiple errors in the sixth inning, Burney pulled away for good, winning 11-6, despite being out-hit by the Lady Panthers six to five.
On April 29, Maxwell hosted a triumphant double header against the Chester Volcanoes.
Lazarus was brilliant in the circle, throwing a no-hitter to lead the Lady Panthers past Chester 15-2.
Maxwell notched 10 runs in the third inning. Haywood, Emma Hendrix, Pearson, Vierra, and Garrison all moved runners across the plate with RBI’s. Haywood went 3-for-3 in hits, and Pearson contributed to the high scoring affair with four stolen bases towards the win.
The last and final game of the day, brought a 4-4 tie at the bottom of the third.
In the seventh inning, the Lady Panthers put up seven runs in a rally of singles led by Fatima Cano, Teresita Salazar, and Laisha Izquirdo.
Haywood toed the circle for Maxwell, allowing four hits and six runs over four innings, striking out five and walking one. Izquirdo led the Lady Panthers in the 18-7 victory with three hits.
Maxwell holds an 18-6 overall standing and 5-3 in League. League play will wrap up Friday, as the Lady Panthers descend to Redding Christian.(5-11). ■