Defending state champ Pinewood Prep handed the Chargers their first loss of the season, a 17-3 decision Friday night. The game was called after six innings because of the 10-run rule.
The Panthers, 6-2, broke open the game with a three-run third inning to send the Chargers to their first loss in nine games. Cody Lewis had an RBI single, John McMicking rapped an RBI double and Haden Heflin drove in the third run of the inning with an RBI single to right to make it 5-2.
The Panthers, who went 21-7 last spring, added two
runs in the top of the fourth as winning pitcher Kyle Hair plated both runs with a bloop single.
The Panthers added eight runs on four hits in the top of the sixth, sending 12 men to the plate. They finished with 15 hits. Joel Roberts and McMicking both had three while Heflin and Brian Doucet both had two.