Lake Worth, FL -- Panthers lose lead, series in late rally by Indian River.
In what seemed like a surefire victory for Palm Beach ended in defeat today, by the score of 3-4 to visiting Indian River.
The Panthers' start looked promising, they leapt out to a 3-0 lead. Joe Smith put the Panthers on the board with an RBI triple, which scored Jisjar Clotida. This was after David Munoz lined into a double play. In the 4th, the first four batters reached. One runner scored on a Reid Ziztzelberg single, the other advanced to home while Zitzelberg stole 2nd. However, Palm Beach could not score the rest of the way and Indian River came back to claim the game the Panthers thought they had in hand.
After limiting Indian River to 1 run in the top of the 5th, in which 3 runner reached base, the wheels came off in the 6th. After retiring the first two batters of the inning, Palm Beach could not get that last out before allowing the tying run to cross the plate. Two singles, a walk, and a wild pitch eventually tied the game at 3. It is said in baseball that walks kill, and in this case -- it certainly did.
In the top of the 7th, the reigning FCSAA PLayer of the Week, Josh Shrouder, singled to left to score the winning run for the Pioneers.
In the bottom of the 8th, Palm Beach had a chance to tie the game with a runner at second but could not push the run across as both batters struck out to end the threat.
Tom Green takes the hard luck loss for Palm Beach, as he allowed only 1 run in his 3 innings of work.
The Panthers will be back in action on Wednesday at home at 3:00. They will take on Eastern Florida.
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