The Panthers held Silo to just three singles on the offensive end. One of the Latta hits came in the second inning after a walk and a strikeout. The RBI double accounted for the entire offensive output of both teams, as Latta emerged 1-0 victors in this pitcher’s duel.
“They got a hit with a guy in scoring position, and we didn’t,” said Silo baseball Coach Billy Jack Bowen. “We got the bases loaded twice and couldn’t score.”
The loss ends a Silo streak of five straight wins to start the season. Bowen was pleased with Shives’s performance on the mound: “Kendall throws well every time out. It was a pretty typical day for him.”
Leonard Sandler and Jarris Hamilton were both 1-for-3 with a base hit apiece. The real scorecard was on defense, where both teams turned multiple double plays to end scoring threats.
The Rebels threatened in the fourth as Sandler loaded the bases on a bunt single, thanks to an appeal of the umpire’s “out” call. But the next batter hit into a double play, and a grounder ended the inning with two Silo runners stranded.
The Latta sixth saw a nice double play turned by the Rebels, then a grounder was snagged by Sandler well into the outfield grass at third for a long out to end the inning. It was more Sandler in the bottom of the sixth, lining into an inning-ending double play to crush another Silo scoring opportunity.
More of the same in the seventh: A head-scratching first-to-third double play ended Latta’s scoring threat, bringing up Silo to try and rally in the bottom half. But the Panthers turned a 3-4-3 double play after Hamilton’s single to end the game.
Silo (5-1) travels to Vanoss today, the the Rebels will host Rattan on Thursday.