Lake Worth, FL -- Palm Beach Baseball's win streak ends at 6 games with a conference loss to Broward, 9-3.
The Panthers offense sputtered, they were held to just 3 runs on 5 hits, and were held hitless into the 6th. Broward starter Zak Sprankle was spotting his pitches well, flashed good command of his breaking ball, and held kept the Panther batters guessing with great pitch selection. They say that pitching is an art, and that was evident today.
The game turned in the 5th inning, with Broward leading 1-0, the Seahawks scored 3 runs to take a 4-0 lead. The first two batters of the inning reached via walks. Usually that spells a recipe for disaster and this case was no different. With runners at 2nd and 3rd, Shane Roberts induced a groundball to Ricky Neyman who threw home but the runner was easily safe. A line drive single, after the inning should have been over, plated the 3rd run of the inning.
Things went from bad to worse in the 6th. Yordy Cabrera took over for starter Shane Roberts and he had a rough outing. Cabrera retired 2 of the first 3 batters, but failed to record the 3rd out. After 2 walks to load the bases, Broward would capitalize. 3 singles plated 5 runs in a nightmarish inning for the Panthers who could not get that final out to stop the bleeding. Shelby Frazier came on to retire the final batter of the inning.
The Panthers battled back in the 7th, scoring 2 runs on a single by Jisjar Clotida. That would end the scoring on the day.
The Panthers will take on Broward again on Friday at home starting at 3:00 p.m. They will look for their 21st win on the year and try to even their conference record at 7-7. As always, admission is free. If you cannot attend, be sure to follow the Panthers on GameChanger for live statistics during the game.
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