PORTLAND — Due to rainy conditions last week, the Portland Panthers and Hendersonville Commandos came together for a double-header baseball game at Portland High School on Tuesday, March 30.
Portland dropped both contests to their District 9-AAA foes, losing the first game 2-0 and the second 14-2.
The Panthers collected just six hits in the two games while their counterparts added 17 hits between the two wins.
In game one, Ryan Oden picked up the win, tossing seven complete innings, striking out nine batters and surrendering just two hits and two walks.
Leading 1-0 after the second inning, Hendersonville tacked on their insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning to seal the victory.
Chase Runyon and Hunter Richards were the only two Panthers to register hits against Oden.
Game two was less kind to the Panthers as future Belmont hurler Jordan Zuger lit up Portland for nine strikeouts and just two hits on 88 pitches. Carson Briscoe and Theron Lee pitched a combined 30 pitches, giving up two hits and striking out three batters.
Portland quickly fell behind 4-0 going into the bottom of the second inning, but a passed ball scoring Jake Ausbrooks gave Portland hope as a Mason Elliot walk put runners on first and second with only one out.
However, Zuger struck out the next two Portland batters to retire the side.
Portland plated one final run in the bottom of the fifth inning when Caden Box scored on a hard hit error to third base from Oscar Garcia.
Trailing 6-2, Hendersonville added eight runs over the next two innings to close out the victory and improve to 10-3 on the season.