Jarred Adams delivered a terrific pitching performance for the LaGrange College Panthers on Saturday, but it wasn’t enough.
Bates scored the game’s lone run in the top of the sixth inning, and four pitchers combined to throw a two-hitter in the 1-0 victory.
Adams, a freshman from Troup High, threw seven strong innings, allowing one run on three hits, but he was the tough-luck loser.
The outcome was a different one in the first game of the doubleheader, with LaGrange College winning 7-3.
Another freshman, Justin Yestrumsky, gave up two runs in seven innings to get the victory.
The Panthers had just four hits in the game, but they were helped by three Bates errors that led to four unearned runs.
Cain Sauls had a two-run single for the Panthers, and Jake Hipple had an RBI double.
SOFTBALL: The Panthers dropped their season opener, but they haven’t lost since.
With four wins over the weekend, the Panthers (7-1) have won seven consecutive games.
After sweeping Judson (Ala.) in a doubleheader on Saturday, the Panthers went on the road and won two games against Wesleyan on Sunday.
The Panthers beat Wesleyan 10-0 in the first game, and they finished the sweep with a 7-0 win.
In the first game, Kara Patterson and Olivia Wolfe combined to pitch a five-inning no-hitter.
At the plate, Christy Flick and Kalin Oglesby had two hits apiece, and the Panthers finished with 11 hits.
In the second game, Dani Gravett started and pitched five innings, and Patterson finished off the shutout with two scoreless innings.
Gravett had two of the Panthers’ six hits.
On Saturday, LaGrange College beat Judson 6-5 and 2-0.
In the first game, the Panthers rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh to win it.
The Panthers were behind 5-0 when they scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth to get within a run.
They were still down by a run when they won it with two runs in the seventh.
Alison Jiles had a huge day for the Panthers with two home runs, including a leadoff homer in the seventh that tied it.
Jiles drove in four runs.
Flick had three hits, and Amanda Morier and Courtney Beshel had two hits apiece.
Four pitchers went to the mound for the Panthers, and Allison Coats got the win after getting the final two outs in relief in the top of the seventh.
In the second game, the Panthers only scored two runs, but that was plenty thanks to an exceptional pitching effort from Gravett and Wolfe.
Gravett started and pitched six scoreless innings, and she allowed just one hit while striking out six.
Wolfe pitched a scoreless seventh inning to finish it.
Flick had two of the Panthers’ five hits, and she also drove in a run.