Panthers News · Panthers take down Springfield, 7-5

The Portland baseball team fell behind Springfield early last Thursday but kept chipping away in a 7-5 victory.

The Panthers took the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth inning when Alex Meadors scored on a ground ball by Brandon Dover that was mishandled by the Springfield defense.

Tristan Alford, who came on in relief in the fourth inning, then shut the door on the Yellow Jackets. Alford pitched three-and-two-third innings, gave up just two hits, no earned runs and struck out four batters.

Connor Simmons pitched the first inning-and-a-third for the Panthers and Mason Elliott pitched two innings before giving way to Alford.

Cade Box led the Panthers offense with two hits and scored a run. Simmons, Dover, Alford and Hunter Richards had the other Portland hits. Richards, Simmons, Houston Ellis and Caeson Utley all had RBIs.

On Tuesday and Wednesday of last week the Panthers dropped a two-game series to Mt. Juliet, 15-1 and 10-2.

In the first game of the series Ellis, Orlando Sanchez and Richards had hits for Portland.

Robbie Bradley started on the mound and was relieved by Alford. Tyler Dillard pitched the final two scoreless innings.

In the second game of the series Meadors had the only hit for Portland.

Logan Summers started and pitched five innings and Dover and Dillard both came on in relief.

Portland will play a two-game series with Jo Byrns Monday and Tuesday and then a two-game series with Hendersonville on Thursday and Friday.