Panthers close out disappointing season

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 22, 2005

The Georgiana baseball team closed out its season Thursday falling to Class 2A No. 6 Excel, 16-1.

The Panthers finish the season with a 3-8 record, which is a disappointment given Georgiana came one win away from earning a playoff spot last season.

"This was a disappointing season because we set a goal to at least go to the playoffs," Panthers coach Donald Ray Mixon.

But inexperience and lack of preparation played a big part in it, Mixon said.

Georgiana did not get in many games this year nor as much practice because of inclement weather. The lack of practice showed on the field.

"We needed that practice time and it showed," Mixon said.

Tereance Whittle picked up the loss against Excel.

The Panthers were held to just four hits. Justin Ray had a double, while Stewart Crittenden, Ronald Scott and Caleb Hartin had a single each.

Georgiana also fell 22-4 to Red Level on Wednesday.

The Panthers battled back to tie the game at 4 in the third inning, but Red Level responded by scoring nine runs in the ninth retake control of the game.

Ray dropped to 0-2 on the mound. Ray also had a single and two RBI in the game. Crittenden was 3-for-3 with a run scored, while Andy Betterson had two singles and a RBI.