Plenty of Panther standouts
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
LaGrange College’s baseball team had plenty of players who were in the midst of memorable seasons when everything came to a close.
Included in that group is junior outfielder McKinley Erves, who was having a spectacular season in helping the Panthers go 12-5 while winning 11 of their final 12 games.
In 17 games, Erves had a .441 batting average, and he had one home run, three triples, five doubles, and a team-leading 24 RBIs and 23 runs scored.
Erves had drawn nine walks against just six strikeouts, and he had a .531 on-base percentage.
Another Panther who was having his way with opposing pitchers is sophomore infielder Joe Ruth, who was second on the team with a .362 batting average, and he had 16 RBIs and 16 runs scored.
Junior outfielder Jack Layrisson finished the shortened season with a .356 batting average, and he had a .447 on-base percentage thanks to his team-leading 13 walks. Layrisson also led the team with six doubles, and he had 16 RBIs.
Senior infielder Dawson Weaver hit .304 while drawing nine walks for an on-base percentage of .429.
Sophomore outfielder Rhett Mixon had a .295 batting average with a .427 on-base percentage, and he was second on the team with 19 runs scored.
Junior outfielder Judd Moore hit .294 with two doubles and four RBIs, and senior infielder Trey Pearce finished with a .278 batting average with a home run and 15 RBIs.
E.J. Churchich had struggled to a .159 batting average, but he had three home runs and five RBIs, sophomore infielder Cael Chatham had three doubles and 10 RBIs, and senior catcher Austin McDade had a pair of doubles.
LaGrange College’s pitching staff, meanwhile, got it done with a team earned run average of 2.96.
J.R. Robinson, Dalton Brooks and Richie Post started 14 of the Panthers’ 17 games, and they combined to go 7-4.
Robinson was dominant, going 4-1 with a 1.36 ERA, while Brooks (2-1, 3.22 ERA) and Post (1-2, 3.66 ERA) were solid each time out.
The busiest LaGrange College pitcher was Tanner Chafin, who appeared in 10 games, and he was 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA.
Spencer Douches appeared in eight games with a 1-1 record and one save, and he had a 2.84 ERA.
Baley Coleman made seven mound appearances with two starts, and he was 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA.