Panthers’ playoff prowl ends in third round

Hackleburg’s Cam Ingram slides back into first base to avoid getting tagged out during the Panthers’ final game of the season against Sumiton Christian. Ingram hit 17 singles and three doubles over the season.

By Luke Brantley
Staff writer

HACKLEBURG — The Hackleburg Panthers’ varsity baseball team’s season came to an end with two back-to-back losses to Sumiton Christian on Thursday, May 2.
The Panthers advanced to the state playoffs, and started off against Talladega County in the first round on April 19. The Panthers won both games 15-0 and 2-0.
In the second round of playoffs, the Panthers played against the Lynn Bears. The Panthers won both games 3-0 on April 26.
But on May 2, the Panthers hosted the Sumiton Christian Eagles, who won two games out of three to bring the Panthers’ season to a close with a record of 24-9.
For the season, Payton Scott and Jakoby Bruns both ended the season with batting averages of .500 from two at-bats.
Seth Ables had a batting average .375, hitting six times over 16 at-bats.
Jaquan Reeder had a batting average of .352, followed by Blaise Vickery with .346, Edge Weeks with .337, Hudson Ross with .333, Cam Ingram with .299, Maddox Vickery with .294, JonHasten Stidham with .253, Abe Morgan with .250, Aydan Beard with .214 and Carson Swinney with a .192.
Aydan Beard pitched for 81 total innings over 15 games, throwing 90 strikeouts while allowing 32 runs off of 56 hits and 31 walks.
Blaise Vickery pitched for 54.2 innings over 18 games, throwing 79 strikeouts while allowing 33 runs off of 49 hits and 18 walks.

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