Rusty Panthers drop area opener to FHS

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 22, 2005

When the Georgiana Panthers took the field Monday afternoon, it marked their first varsity game in 20 days. Due to heavy rain in the area, the location of the game had to be moved from Georgiana to Flomaton, giving the 'Canes home field advantage.

As a result of the layoff, the Panthers looked rusty according to coach Donald Ray Mixon.

Flomaton handed the Panthers their third loss of the season since losing back-to-back games in Greenville on Feb. 25. The loss to the 'Canes was also the Panthers first area game of the season.

"We were really rusty," said Mixon. "We had a lot of fielding errors, throwing errors that really cost us the game.

Flomaton had a really good team, but I think that we could have done better than 13-3."

Thursday, they will try to even their record at 1-1 when they travel to Excel.

"Excel has beaten Flomaton and Red Level this year and that's the area we are in," said Mixon.

Kenny Peterson (1-1) got the starting nod for the Panthers, but gave up three runs in the first inning. Chris Scott and Justin Ray all shared pitching duties in the game, but was unable to hold the Hurricanes to a scoreless inning as they posted a run in ever inning of the five inning affair.

But, the Panthers were able to generate some offense in the game.

Stewart Crittendon,

singled and recorded an RBI.

Ronald Scott made his first varsity start, playing centerfield for the Panthers and picking up a single and scoring a run.

Terrance Whittle singled and scored a run. Ray recorded a single and then Andy Betterton recorded an RBI on a sacrifice groundout.

Eighth grader Jerrod Lee also got a mark in the scorebook for knocking a run in on a sacrifice to the infield.