Titans blast the Panthers 34-0
Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 15, 2004
When his starter Chad Seale began to show signs of fatigue in the bottom of the fourth inning by giving up the only Marion Academy hit of the game, West Alabama Prep head baseball coach Walker Reynolds called to his bullpen for his dominating 6’2″ closer Jan “pookie” Jennings to shut down the Panthers, and shut them down he did.
Jennings took the mound with a look of complete concentration and focus knowing that the game at hand depended solely on his performance, and collected the final three outs of the disastrous game to give the Titans the 34-0 wins.
“I really didn’t think about the pressure,” Jennings said. “I just tried to throw the ball and not think about anything.”
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It was a comical game to say the least. For the first time in baseball history, fans attending Tuesday night’s game witnessed a batter strike out and walk in one at bat. Not to mention witnessing a batter get hit by a pitch and striking out in one at bat.
But the real stand up comedians of this game was the Panthers. With a variety of different uniforms, the “Bad News Panthers” hit the field seemingly not to know what to do, how to do it and for what reason. The Panthers ended the five inning game with a total of 17 errors, 27 passed balls and missed as many as 12 pop fly’s.
Seale, in only his second start of his WAP career, went four innings earning 9K’s, but blew a no-hitter in the bottom of the fourth giving up the only Panthers hit. At the plate, the Titans dominated, as Jennings went 4-for-6, Shawn Singleton went 3-for-6 and Seale went 4-for-5. But it was Walton Luckie who stole the show for the Titans as he lit up the Panthers pitchers going 5-for-5 with two doubles, two singles and a triple.
For the Titans (12-9), who scored 10 runs in the first inning, it was a win they needed to clinch a home field advantage throughout the playoffs. And as fun as it was to beat a team who learned how to play the game by reading “The Idiots Guide to Baseball,” it’s now time for the Titans to get serious and focus on what lies ahead, the playoffs.