The Maxwell Panthers on Friday hosted the Portola Tigers in a double-header conference match-up, taking two wins on the day with final scores 4-3 and 12-4.
On the mound for Maxwell, Wyatt Hendrix pitched a two-walk, one strike-out inning with the help of second baseman DJ Windsor. Maxwell held the Tigers to just a solo run, 1-0 Portola. In the box on offense, Trent Hendrix took the walk to secure first base. Maxwell’s Shane Danley and Cody Pearson both drove in runs on the inning, 2-1 Maxwell lead. With two strike-outs by Hendrix and a centerfield fly out by Pearson, Maxwell held the Tigers scoreless in the second inning. A scoreless third inning by the Panthers changed at the bottom of the fourth, with a sacrifice bunt by Nacho Velasquez for an RBI by runner Windsor. Danley also contributed an RBI on the inning, bringing in the winning run by Hendrix for a 4-3 Maxwell win.
“Outstanding performance by Wyatt Hendrix,” said Maxwell head coach Tyler Wells. “This kid has no fear. Defensively we are getting there. We have shuffled around our line up, to find something that works.
Overall, Hendrix struck out five and walked two.
Game two started with an explosive first inning for the Panthers with big hits from Trent Hendrix, Vincent Fererra, Danley and Pearson, placing five runs on the board for a 5-0 Panther lead. Danley controlled the mound for the Panthers, striking out six batters over three innings and allowing just two runs by Portola.
Maxwell’s bats continued to make connections with eight hard grounder hits over the second and third inning, adding five runs to widen the score deficit, 10-3.
Maxwell controlled the game in the remaining three innings, holding Portola to just a single run and claiming a second league victory on the day, 12-4.
Danley struck out 10, walked four, and went 3 for 4 in the box. Windsor was 3 for 4 in the box.
“We struggled early in the year to put the ball in play with a runner on third, but today we got the job done,” said Wells.
Maxwell sits at an 8-7-1 overall record; 2-1 in league. ■