Relief washed over the Panorama faithful in Atlantic, as the Panther softball team finally broke free of a devastating losing streak.
PHS snapped a seven-game season-opening skid with their first win of the year Saturday, June 1, a rather convincing 12-0 win over Red Oak in three innings the Atlantic tournament.
Lead-off hitter Shey Storesund was a perfect three-for-three Saturday, scoring three times. Senior Kennedy Andersen was also perfect at the plate, collecting a trio of hits while knocking in a team-best four RBI. Lindsey VanGundy also collected two hits in her perfect night at the dish while Hannah Woodworth, Jazmyn Sellers and Olivia Richey each collected two runs batted in apiece. As a team, the Panthers collected 14 hits on 24 plate appearances, a dazzling average of .583, collecting 12 RBI in the process.
The 12-run outburst was double the highest mark the Panthers had produced in any game up to that point, having scored six runs in a 16-6 loss earlier in the day to Creston. PHS went 1-2 on the day, also falling, 8-2 to Harlan.
Senior hurler Lydia Knapp earned her first victory of the year, tossing three innings, allowing just a single hit while striking out eight batters.
Panorama’s offense had struggled mightily prior to Saturday’s breakout, having only scored five runs in the five games prior, including back-to-back back shutouts in a 22-0 sweep against Van Meter May 30.
Storesund leads the team in batting with a .400 average, having produced eight hits, including a triple. Andersen has knocked in a team-best five RBI to go with seven hits and two doubles.
The Panthers have struggled to contain opposing offenses, having allowed 76 total runs in the eight contests, including 58 earned runs, which boils down to a team ERA of 11.17. Opposing batters have maintained an average of .392, collecting 74 hits, an average of 9.25 hits per game.
The Panthers were home Tuesday against Ogden then enjoy a few days off before heading up to the Southeast Valley tournament. They’ll return home to host fellow Guthrie County foe, West Central Valley (1-9) Monday, June 10.