Panthers prevail on senior day
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
A group of seniors who have helped the LaGrange College baseball program thrive in recent years were recognized before Sunday’s doubleheader against Huntingdon College.
Jack Layrisson, Judd Moore, E.J. Churchich, Spencer Douches, Trey Pearce and J.R. Robinson were honored during an on-field ceremony, and LaGrange College then beat Huntingdon 6-2 and 10-4.
The Panthers (12-7 overall) improved to 4-1 in USA South play.
Some of the seniors have been with the program since 2017, and since the start of that season the Panthers are 126-41, and they’ve won three USA Soueth tournament championships and made three appearances in the NCAA Division III tournament.
LaGrange College, after losing three straight games, is on a four-game winning streak.
LaGrange College will look to keep it going when it visits Maryville this weekend for a USA Souths eries.
Here’s a look at Sunday’s games.
LaGrange College 6, Huntingdon 2
Baley Coleman was in command for the Panthers.
The sophomore right-handed threw a nine-inning complete game, and he worked around nine hits to hold Huntingdon to two runs.
Huntingdon was ahead 2-0 after scoring single runs in the second and fifth innings, and LaGrange College answered with four runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 4-2 lead.
The Panthers added two insurance runs in the sixth inning to complete the scoring.
Offensively, the Panthers finished with nine hits, and eight different players had at least one hit.
Rhett Hebert had two hits with a double and two RBIs, EJ Churchich had a double and two RBIS, and McKinley Erves had a hit and two RBIs.
Rhett Mixon had a double, and Cael Chatham, Jack Layrisson and Trey Pearce each had one hit.
LaGrange College 10, Huntingdon 4
Cael Chatham hit a home run and the Panthers finished with 14 hits to complete the doubleheader sweep.
Chatham had a two-run home run in the third inning, and he finished two hits and two RBIs while also scoring three runs.
McKinley Erves had three hits with a double while driving in three runs, while Trey Pearce had three hits with a double and two RBIs.
Jack Layrisson had two hits, including a two-run triple in the seventh inning, Cael Chatham had two hits and two RBIs while scoring three runs, Rhett Mixon and Rhett Hebert each had two hits, and Joe Ruth had an RBI on a sacrifice fly.
On the mound, four relievers combined to get the job done after a tough outing by starter Dalton Brooks, who gave up four runs.
Jack Richards pitched two scoreless innings to get the win, and Ethan Fry, Brett Caneega and Spencer Douches each three two shutout innings.