It was a doubleheader to forget for the Circleville Post 134 Panthers.
The host Panthers were held to just seven hits over a combined 13 innings, didn’t score, committed five errors and were shutout in losses of 10-0 and 1-0 to Portsmouth Post 23 on Saturday afternoon at Circleville High School.
“I was disappointed in our focus and execution,” Post 134 coach Jeff Lanman said. “We have a young team that is learning, but we have to get better if we want to compete and fare well against the type of schedule we’re playing this summer.”
Post 23 jumped out to a 2-0 lead in its opening at-bat of the doubleheader, expanded its lead to 4-0 in the fourth and then scored six more runs in the sixth to secure the run-rule win.
Dakota Dodds checked the Panthers to a pair of hits, a single to left by Nick Salyer in the second and a single to right off the bat of Cody Kennedy in the third.
Post 134 tried to bounce back in the second game, getting an outstanding performance from Nick Salyer. The recent Teays Valley graduate checked Post 23 to just three hits, an unearned run, walked one and struck out 11 batters.
“Nick was dominant and just pitched a heck of a game,” Lanman said. “He did everything he could have done to win the game but, again, we just didn’t play very well as a team and we have a lot of growing we need to do.”
Unfortunately for the home team, Post 23 pushed across the lone run of the game in the fifth inning and allowed the Panthers just three hits — two of those coming from Salyer.
The Panthers (2-4) host Hebron Post 285 on Tuesday at Teays Valley High School. First pitch is at 6 p.m.