Panthers bury Diggers 11-0, 15-5
Zane Stephenson fires a pitch during game two of the Panthers double header sweep of the Sugar-Salem Diggers on Friday.
THOMAS â€” It was a good day to play two and that is just what the Snake River Panther baseball squad did, although they ended both games early with the visiting Sugar-Salem Diggers, as they swept the twin bill 11-0 in game one and 15-5 in the nightcap on Friday.
"Honestly it was the same thing as our first game on Wednesday," Snake River skipper Rich Dunn said. "We had small ball set the table for the guys coming up behind looking for the buffet. We hit the heck out of the ball today."
Game one was over nearly before it started as start to finish the ball game lasted less than 90 minutes. Cash Cardona was one of the biggest reasons for that efficiency as the senior hurler one hit the visiting Diggers.
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Offensively the Panthers scored early and often with a blend of get em on, gem em over and get em in.
"One of the big bright spots for us today was Cole Hrabik," coach Dunn said. "He had three hits in game one and was a stud on defense. We are a senior laden team and when a young kid like Cole steps up and contributes it just solidifies the entire line up."
In the night cap the Panthers handed the ball to Zane Stephenson and the wily one baffled the Digger hitters throughout his time on the bump. Hrabik entered in relief and the duo allowed just five hits over six innings in the six inning victory.
"Zane really kept them off balance with his off speed stuff and then Cole came in and just closed the door on them," Coach Dunn said. "I feel that today was a complete team victory because every kid did well today. We got the bats going early. We played good defense. We got great pitching and we scored early and often."
Nate Martin was the big stick in the line up for the Panthers in game two as the speedy center fielder was just a single shy of the cyle with a double, triple and home run for his efforts.
Snake River collected 22 hits on the day and now sit at 3-0 on the young season.
The Panthers will look to remain unbeaten on the young season when they host an alway tough South Fremont squad today. First pitch is scheduled for high noon.