For a program that has been in the habit of competing for a State title, the season came to a screeching halt last night in Melbourne as the Eastern Florida State Titans defeated our "Boys of Summer" in a wild 13-inning marathon 8-7. With the loss, the Panthers have been eliminated from consideration for post season play for the first time in 5 years. Under Coach Kyle Forbes, the Panthers have finished as the State runner-up in both 2012 and last season and were the State Champions and JUCO World Series Runner-Up in 2013. But they will not join the party this year as the Panthers finished their season with a 27 -22 record overall and were 15-13 in the Southern Conference.
Cody Wilson's 3-run blast in the 1st inning and 2 more runs plated by the Panthers in the bottom of the 5th were enough to hold off Eastern Florida State 5-4 in the Panthers last regular season home game of 2016. The Panthers didn't make it easy on themselves as they committed 3 errors between the 3rd and 4th innings, leading to 3 unearned runs for the Titans to even the score 3-3 after 4. In the top of the 5th, Eastern Florida took the lead 4-3 only to be answered by the Panther's 2 in the bottom half to take a 5-4 lead they would not give up. Mack Lemieux came in for relief of Christian Calleja in the top of the 6th and pitched 3 hit no run baseball for the next 4 innings to seal the win.
If the Panthers have any hope of being in consideration for the post season they will need to win tonight at Eastern Florida State in their last regular season game. Palm Beach State now stands at 27-21 overall and 15-12 in conference play.
For the second time in a week, sophomore Christian Calleja came up big Saturday as he handcuffed Indian River State for 7 innings of work. Calleja pitched 2 hit, no run ball as the Panthers rebounded from a tough loss to the bottom team in the league Friday night. On Friday, the Panthers bats went silent as they lost to "The River" 4-0 and were in another tight battle on Saturday through 5 innings leading 2-0. But Palm Beach State blew the game open in the 6th with 3 runs and the 7th with 2 to win going away 7-0. The win puts Palm Beach State in the thick of the battle for a possible return to the NJCAA region playoffs in Lakeland Florida. The Panthers are currently in 3rd place with a 13-11 record chasing Miami Dade and Eastern Florida State whom they will play in the next 2 weeks. Palm Beach State has 4 conference games left. They will face Miami Dade today on the road in a 3pm game and return Wednesday to "The Beach" to face the same team at 3pm.
In addition to the win Saturday it was also Head coach Kyle Forbes' 200th victory here at the College. The veteran coach is now 200-117 (63.1 winning %) in 5+ years. His teams have advanced to the NJCAA Region 8 finals 4 years in a row finishing 2nd twice (2012 & 2015) and winning the title in 2013 finishing as the JUCO World Series National Runner-up.
The Palm Beach State "Boys of Summer" went through a lifeless 7 innings last night with only 2 meaningless singles and were down 2-0 to Broward. Mack Lemieux, the Panthers starting pitcher, had pitched a gutty performance surviving 3 Palm Beach State errors to keep the home team close. In the eighth inning all of that changed as Palm Beach State had 5 hits and plated 4 runs to move ahead 4-2 and reliever Zach Oberlies did the rest. With the win, the Panthers moved to within 1/2 game of Miami Dade, currently in third place, and 1 game of Broward, currently in second place. Palm Beach State gets back at it today as they go on the road to face Broward in a 5pm contest. The Panthers are currently 22-19 overall and 11-10 in conference play.
The Panthers remained in the hunt for a playoff berth as they rebounded from a Friday night 7-4 loss to Miami Dade turning the tables on the Sharks Saturday afternoon winning 7-0. Sophomore lefty Christian Calleja pitched a sparkling 7 innings allowing the visitors only 2 bloop singles and 0 runs. The "Boys of Summer" jumped on Miami Dade early as they scored all the runs they would need on this day with 2 in the bottom of the first. To ensure the victory, Palm Beach State blew the game open in with a 3 run 7th to lead 6-0. Calleja was replaced in the 8th with Andy Rohloff who mopped up with 1 hit ball in the last 2 innings. With the victory, Palm Beach State improved their overall record to 21-19 and they are 10-10 in the Southern Conference. With 8 games left in the conference season the Panthers are currently in 4th place, 1/2 game out of third, 2 games out of second and 2 1/2 games behind first place leader Eastern Florida State. The Panthers will host Broward College on Tuesday @ 4pm. Broward is currently 12-8 in the conference.
The "Boys of Summer" pulled off a huge win against league leader Eastern Florida State yesterday at "the Beach" when Shane Olive hit an RBI line drive in the gap, scoring the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning. The final score was 6-5. Down 4-1, the Panthers received some help from the Titans in the 5th inning as they plated 4 runs on 2 Titan miscues and 3 walks to take a 5-4 lead . Eastern Florida State responded to knot the game up (5-5) by scoring a run in the top of the 6th. Neither team scored again until Olive's heroics in the 10th. The Panthers moved their overall record to 20-18 and 9-9 in conference play. Palm Beach State returns home Saturday when they face conference rival Miami Dade @ 1pm.
The Panthers were no challenge for Southern Conference league leader Eastern Florida State last night in Melbourne as they went down by the score of 12-2. Palm Beach State will have a make up rain out game against the same Eastern Florida State today, Thursday at "The Beach". Game time is 3pm. The Panthers are currently 19-18 overall and 8-9 in conference play.
The Palm Beach State men's baseball team find themselves in an unusual position after 2 months of the season. The Panthers are tied for 3rd place in the conference looking up at Eastern Florida State and Broward with 12 games left on their conference schedule. The only 2-year college to have competed in the State Championship game 3 of the last 4 years will need to find a way to make some ground up in the last 3 weeks of the season. Currently, the Panthers are tied for 3rd place with Miami Dade at 8-8 and trail first place Eastern Florida State (10-5) and Broward (11-7). The top 2 finishers in the conference are guaranteed a playoff bid and the 3rd place finisher will need a "play in " game to get there. Baylon Sparks (.331) and Pemron Burrows (.327) lead the Panthers in batting average, while Sparks leads the team in hits (41). Sparks and Drexler McCaay have 7 doubles apiece and Cody Wilson leads the Panthers in triples and home runs with 3. The starting pitching crew of Christian Calleja, Mack Lemieux and Vince Coletti have gone 9-5 with Coletti having the top E.R.A. at 2.09. Palm Beach State will continue play today as they take on Keiser on the road and return home on Tuesday to face conference leader Eastern Florida State beginning at 5pm. Palm Beach State is currently 18-17 overall.
Left-handed sophomore Christian Calleja was outstanding as he went 7 and 2/3 innings
of 4 hit shutout ball against the potent bats of Broward to carry the Panthers to
victory on "The Beach" Thursday afternoon. The lefty handcuffed the Broward bats with
an array of off speed pitches, a sneaky fastball and great plate location. Calleja
got out of a 2 out, 2 on jam in the 6th inning but was never really threatened in
his afternoon of work. The Panthers scored all the runs they needed in a bottom of
the 3rd with a 3 run inning. Shane Sawczak also pitched well in relief as he got
the last 4 outs. Palm Beach State moves its record to 2-1 in the conference and 5-4
overall. They will play Polk State today on "The Beach" at 2pm before hitting the
road for a pair of weekend games with Hillsborough in Tampa.
Panther baseball is upon us and Palm Beach State won in walk off fashion yesterday
as Cody Wilson delivered a single to drive in the winning run yesterday afternoon
in the bottom of the 9th. The Panthers defeated Southern Conference foe Indian River
State 4-3 moving their conference mark to 1-1 and overall record to 3-4. The Panthers
have 3 home games this week as they take on ASA-Miami @ 5pm on Tuesday, Broward College
@ 3pm on Thursday and Polk State @ 2pm on Friday.
5/12/2015 PM post
For the second time in 3 seasons, the "Boys of Summer" will have a chance to play for the FCSAA State Title by virtue of a 1-0 win against State College of Florida at Joker Marchant Stadium this afternoon. This game was filled with all the intense emotion of a tournament game and for the second day in a row the Panthers won in their last at bat. Lefty Parker Danciu was fantastic as he recovered brilliantly from his shaky outing in his first game loss against Gulf Coast pitching a complete game 5 hit shutout. Danciu navigated the potent Manatee lineup pitching out of bases loaded jams in the 5th and 7th innings. And he needed to as PBSC could only muster 3 hits through 8 innings. But as has been their custom in the last 3 outings the Panthers have found a way to finish games off. In the 9th after a harmless flyout freshman Jean Cancio connected for what looked like a long single to left field but he turned it into a double by sliding under the tag of the second basemen. With 1 out Cancio was replaced by Raul Cortes at second. The next batter up for the Panthers struck out so the Panthers were down to their last out. Up stepped Todd Isaacs. The freshman laced a single up the middle of the infield and Cortes made a head first slide just beating the throw to home sending PBS to the state championship game. However, it won't be easy Palm Beach State will need to win a doubleheader against North West Florida State Wednesday as they have progressed through the tournament undefeated. But the way the Panthers have been finding a way anything can happen. First game May 13 will begin at 11am. Fans can follow the action by going to PSBlive.tv (Panhandle Sports Broadcasting).
Just as you thought the "Boys of Summer" couldn't top Sunday's dramatic comeback against
Santa Fe, they did on Monday afternoon in the sweltering heat of Lakeland, Florida.
Palm Beach State was locked up with the #7 team in the country and after a quick 2
runs in the first, the Panthers were cruising with a 2-0 lead going into the 5th.
The roof caved in on them in the next 2 innings as Chipola plated 1 run in the 5th
and 5 in the 6th to take what seemed to be a commanding lead. PBSC got 1 run back
in their half of the 6th and were down 6-3 entering the 7th. After getting out of
a bases-loaded jam in Chipola's half of the 7th, the Panthers plated 2 more in their
half to be down 6-5 only to see their opponents get 1 back in their half of the 8th.
The Panthers went harmlessly in their half of the 8th setting up the 9th inning heroics.
The Panthers loaded the bases with 1 out, down 7-5. Nick Gallo battled back from an
0-2 count to draw a walk sending in a run and then Kendrick Guitierrez hit a 1-1 pitch
into the left center field gap, driving in the winning runs and sending off the wild
The Panthers will now take on State College of Florida at 1pm today for the right to advance to Championship Wednesday. Fans can follow the action by going to PSBlive.tv (Panhandle Sports Broadcasting).
After a humiliating defeat (14-2) at the hands of Gulf Coast, a team they had defeated earlier in the regular season, the Panthers had the task of regrouping to take on Santa Fe College on Sunday afternoon at Joker Marchant Stadium. For much of the afternoon, with the pitching not what it has been all season, the Panthers continued to fight from behind to keep their season alive. Things did not look good for PBSC as the bottom of the 6th began with the "Boys of Summer" down 7-4. However, a comeback was in order and that's what Palm Beach State did. PBSC loaded the bases in their half of the 6th inning with no outs and plated 3 runs to tie the score at 7-7. Pitcher Jon Lapinski entered the game in the 7th and he was just what the doctor ordered as he pitched 3 innings of shutout baseball to give the Panthers a chance. And take that chance they did. With 1 out in the 8th and Eric Myskowski on first, sophomore JanCarlos Cintron hit a lazer off the left field wall and Myskowski scampered home with what proved to be the winning run. With their 39th win of the year, PBSC will continue to try and navigate their way to Championship Wednesday as they take on Chipola in a win or go home game at 2pm today. Watch all the action on psblive.com.
UPDATE: Palm Beach State will play the winner of Friday's May 8 game between Gulf Coast State College and Santa Fe College. The PBSC game will be at 1pm on Saturday, May 9. All FCSAA/NJCAA Region 8 Tournament games are being played at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Florida.
In a tense battle that would determine the Southern Conference Champion, sophomore JanCarlos Cintron hit a 1 out single scoring Gabe Martinez in the bottom of the 8th to put the Panthers ahead 3-2 over Eastern Florida State, a lead they would not relinguish as PBSC won their first conference title since 2012. With the win, in a winner take all scenario, Palm Beach State accomplished the amazing feat of being in sole possession or co possession of first place the entire Southern Conference season, 72 days. As has been the case all season long, the pitching was outstanding as Parker Danciu, Brady Acker, and Christian Calleja scattered 11 hits and consistently got themselves out of jams with timely precision pitching. With the victory, Palm Beach State will represent the Southern Conference as the #1 seed in the upcoming FCSAA/NJCAA Region 8 Tournament May 7-11 at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Florida. The #18 team in the nation and #3 in the State of Florida finish their regular season at 38-15 overall and 17-11 in the conference.
The Panthers notched their 37th win of the 2015 season as they defeated IMG academy 5-0 Saturday at "The Beach." Larger results loom ahead. To grab the conference championship and #1 seed from the Southern Conference into the upcoming FCSAA State Tournament, the "Boys of Summer" must win one of their next two games. The 2-game set will begin tomorrow (Tuesday, April 21) against Eastern Florida State in Melbourne. EFS now stands at 15-11, one game back of the Panthers. The game will be webcast on NJCAATV.com beginning at 5pm (EDT).
The PBSC baseball team grabbed their 36th win of the year defeating ASA College 16-1 in a non-conference game at "The Beach" last evening. The Panthers have 3 games remaining on their regular season schedule. They will take on IMG Academy Saturday beginning at 1pm at home and then face a critical season finale 2-game set against Eastern Florida State on the road Tuesday at 5pm before returning home Wednesday for a 5pm game. Palm Beach State is caught up in a 4 team race with any of the 4 capable of grabbing the top 2 spots from the Southern Conference which will represent in the FCSAA State Tournament. The Panthers current overall record is 36-14 and they lead the Southern Conference with a 16-10 record. The game scheduled for Monday with Northwood has been cancelled.
The Panthers fell prey to Miami Dade again last night as they failed to plate a run in a 4-0 defeat. As has been the case for the 14th ranked team in the country this season, there seems to be no consistency in run production from game to game. Over the weekend, the "Boys of Summer" scored 19 runs in 16 innings and this past Tuesday and Wednesday, they only plated 1 run in 18 innings. With the loss, the Panthers fell into a tie in the loss column with Eastern Florida State College and Broward with Miami Dade 1 game back in the loss column. The Panthers are still atop the Southern Conference at 16-10 followed by Eastern Florida State at 13-10, Broward 13-10, Miami Dade 13-11 and Indian River State at 5-19. Palm Beach State will take on ASA College today in a non-conference bout beginning at 5pm. The Panthers are currently 35-14 overall.
The "Boys of Summer" continue to hang onto the #1 spot in the Southern Conference as they come down the stretch. With 3 games to go, PBSC maintains a 1 game lead over Broward and Eastern Florida State while Miami Dade is 2 back. This past weekend saw a revival of the bats as the Panthers defeated Indian River State 10-0 (7 inn.) and 9-5 on Friday and Saturday. In Friday's game, the Panthers put up 9 runs in the bottom of the 6th to turn a tight game into a rout highlighted by a Nick Gallo grand slam home run. Nick Vespi got the win in Friday's game with a 5 hit shutout. Saturday was much the same with the bats and runs as PBSC got another grand slam home run from JanCarlos Cintron. On Tuesday at "The Beach" the Panthers had a chance to eliminate Miami Dade from the conference race but could not plate enough runs as they lost 5-1. Palm Beach State will be back in action again today when they face Miami Dade on the road in a 4pm start. The Panthers are currently 35-13 overall and 16-9 in the conference.
The Panthers continued to battle for that top spot in the Southern Conference as they split with Broward Tuesday and Wednesday. The Panthers won on the road Tuesday afternoon on a complete game 1 hit shutout (4-0) by Anthony Delaney, but lost on Wednesday at "The Beach" 5-1. PBSC remains in 1st place with 6 games to go in conference play. They have a 1 game lead over Broward and Eastern Florida State and a 3 game lead over Miami Dade. The Panthers are currently 33-12 overall and 14-8 in the conference. They are currently ranked #2 in the State and #12 in the country. The Panthers will continue Southern Conference play today on "The Beach" as they host Indian River State in a 4pm contest.
For only the second time this season, the Panther baseball team failed to plate a run as they went down to Indian River State last night 2-0 at "The Beach." It has become apparent that PBSC has the pitching depth and defense to make the FCSAA State/Region tournament in May but they will need bat production to win the Southern Conference and make a run in the tourney. With the defeat, coupled with Broward College's loss last evening, PBSC still stands in a tie for the league lead at 10-6 with Broward. Overall, Palm Beach State is 27-10. They are scheduled to play today against non-conference foe ASA College at home. Start time is 5pm.
Raul Cortes' solo home run was all that Anthony Delaney needed as he pitched a dominate complete game shutout (1-0) Tuesday afternoon on the road. With the win, the #1 "Boys of Summer" moved their overall record to 27-9 and remained in a tie with Broward at 10-5 for the league lead. Palm Beach State will continue Southern Conference play today on "The Beach" as they entertain Indian River State in a 4pm start.
The "Boys of Summer" started the weekend in a dead-heat 1st place tie with Broward College and nothing has changed. The Panthers split a 2 game set with the Seahawks losing on "The Beach" Friday night 3-1 in 10 innings and winning in Davie Saturday afternoon 10-3. As has been the case all season long, the Panthers defense and pitching were exemplary but their hitting left them in Friday's contest only to return to them on Saturday afternoon. In the loss on Friday, PBSC could only muster 5 hits and they turned around on Saturday and pounded out 17 hits. With the conference season at the midpoint, 4 teams are separated by only 2 1/2 games. Palm Beach State and Broward are atop the league at 9-5 while Eastern Florida State is 7-6 and Miami Dade is 6-6. The Panthers, currently the #1 team in the State, are 26-9 overall. Palm Beach State will continue league play on Tuesday and Wednesday this week when they face Indian River State in Ft. Pierce on Tuesday and return to "The Beach" on Wednesday to face the same opponent
The Palm Beach State men's baseball team kept pace with Broward in a 1st place tie in the Southern Conference on the back of a pitching gem by Parker Danciu and timely hitting by Todd Isaacs and JanCarlos Cintron Wednesday night. Danciu scattered only 2 hits over 9 innings and was never in trouble, while Isaacs drove in 3 runs and Cintron had a 2 run single in the bottom of the 7th to blow the game open. With the win, the "Boys of Summer" improve to 8-4 in the conference with a big weekend facing off against co-leader Broward in Friday and Saturday contests. Palm Beach State remains the #1 ranked team in the state by the coaches poll at 25-8 and are currently ranked #6 in the country.
Palm Beach State began the 2nd half of their regular season last Tuesday and it was not quite as kind as the first half. After completing a 3 game 1 run sweep of Indian River State, the Panthers took back to back 1-run losses to Eastern Florida State 2-1 on Tuesday and 4-3 on Wednesday. In the process, the Panthers maintained their 1st place position in the Southern Conference but are only 1 game ahead of Broward. The #1 team in the state recovered on Thursday to defeat ASA in another 1 run contest 8-7. PBSC now stands at 23-7 on the year and 7-3 in the conference race. A big week is ahead for the "Boys of Summer" as they face conference foes Miami Dade on Tuesday and Wednesday and finish the week with Broward on Friday and Saturday.
The Panthers finished the first half of their regular season on Sunday continuing to play at a high level. On Friday March 6 sophomore Parker Danciu pitched a complete game 3 hit shutout as PBSC defeated Indian River State 3-0 at "The Beach". Saturday in the 2nd of the 3 game set with Indian River, Palm Beach State edged "The River" 4-3 to give Coach Kyle Forbes his 400th career win as a head coach and they finished the 3 game set with Indian River on Sunday coming back from a 3 run deficit in the 7th inning to win 6-5. With the victories the #1 team in the State and #6 nationally ranked Panthers improved their overall record to 22-5 and 7-1 in the Southern Conference. Palm Beach State will continue Southern Conference play today when they travel to Eastern Florida State in Melbourne for a 5pm game. Wednesday and Thursday the "Boys of Summer" will return home to face Eastern Florida State and ASA.
The Panthers regained 1st place in the Southern Conference last night. PBSC was also rewarded for their early season success by being selected as the #6 team nationally in the 1st National Junior College Athletic Association poll released Wednesday. The Panthers were coming off a loss Tuesday at Broward when they were defeated 5-3. Uncharacteristically Palm Beach State fell behind 5-0 in the 1st 5 innings and even though they closed the gap in the 8th with 3 runs the "Boys of Summer" did not recover. Wednesday was a different result as the Panthers came back to "The Beach" and broke a scoreless duel open by plating 2 runs in the 6th on a 2 out double by Jean Cancio and 3 in the 7th on a 3 run home run by Franco Guardascione. Anthony Delaney was the winning hurler as he went 71/3 innings throwing 2 run 4 hit ball. With the win Palm Beach State improved its record to 19-5 overall and 4-1 in the Southern Conference. The Panthers will play a 3 game set with Indian River State beginning Friday at home and traveling to Ft. Pierce Saturday and Sunday.
The "Boys of Summer" continued their strong start this spring as they collected 3 more wins over the weekend. The Panthers defeated Rollins University Junior Varsity on Friday by a count of 4-1 and turned around Saturday taking a twin bill from Florida State College at Jacksonville 2-0 and 4-0. In the process on Saturday Cheyne Bickel, Jon Lipinski and Christian Calleja pitched scoreless ball. In all Palm Beach State's pitching staff pitched 23 innings of 1 run baseball (the 2 Saturday games went 7 innings apiece). With the victories PBSC moved its' record to 18-4. Sunday's game was cancelled by Webber University.
Panthers celebrate #1 ranking with win over Broward! The Palm Beach State College baseball team continued their winning ways on Wednesday as they defeated conference rival Broward 9-5 to take sole possession of the conference lead. It wasn't easy however as Broward jumped on the "Boys of Summer" early and led 4-0. As has been the case this season, the Panthers pitching tightened up allowing only 1 run in the last 6 innings of the game and their bats came alive to win the contest. With the victory, the #1 team in the State of Florida moved their record to 15-4 overall and 3-0 in the Southern Conference. Thursday's game with Indian River was rained out and will be re-scheduled. The Panthers will remain on the road this weekend as they face Rollins University JVs, Florida State College @ Jacksonville and Webber University JVs in that order.
The Palm Beach State baseball team jumped to #1 in the FCSAA State Baseball Poll yesterday. The Panthers defeated Northwood University JVs 12-2 on Monday and begin a brutal stretch of 6 away games with 3 of those being in the Southern Conference. The "Boys of Summer" are currently 14-4 and 2-0 in the conference. They will take on Broward today in Davie. Game time is at 4pm.
The Panther "Boys of Summer" won 2 out of 3 games over the weekend, continuing to use defense and pitching as their staple in early season wins. PBSC avenged one of their defeats on Friday by defeating Polk State 4-0 and then split with Hillsborough, losing Saturday by the score of 7-1 and winning Sunday 3-1. With the weekend victories, the Panthers moved their overall record to 13-4 and are 2-0 in the Southern Conference. Palm Beach State has a full week of games as they take on Northwood University JVs today on "The Beach" at 4pm. Wednesday and Thursday, PBSC will resume Southern Conference play taking on Broward College and Indian River State, both on the road. The Panthers will complete the week of games when they continue on the road Friday, Saturday and Sunday taking on Rollins University JVs, Florida State College @ Jacksonville in a twin bill and Webber University JVs, in that order.
The bats came alive on Tuesday at "The Beach" as the #2 rated Panthers defeated the Miami Dade Sharks 13-6. The battle was a see saw affair for the first 4 innings as the last 2 State Champions changed leads four times. In the top half of the second frame, the Sharks scored twice but the Panthers came right back in their half to score 4 times, highlighted by a 3-run shot to dead center by Daniel Cepeda. In the 4th inning, both teams got more crooked numbers on the board as Miami Dade scored 3 times to take a 5-4 lead only to have Palm Beach State score twice in their half of the frame to regain the lead at 6-5. And that's when the scoring stopped, for all intents and purposes for Miami Dade. With the combination of Jon Lipinski and Peter Strzelecki in middle and late relief, the visitors were only able to get a meaningless run in the 9th after the Panthers blew the game open in the 6th and 7th by plating 3 runs in each inning and 1 in the 8th. Nick Gallo was a perfect 5-5 on the day as the Panthers collected 15 hits. With the victory, the Panthers moved to 11-3 on the year and 2-0 in the Southern conference. Palm Beach State will try to avenge 1 of its 3 losses on the year when they play Polk State on "The Beach" at 4pm this Friday. Game time for Saturday's game has changed from a 1pm start to 2pm as PBSC will face Hillsborough.
The Panthers responded from their first back to back losses of the season to upend the #1 ranked 2-year college team in Florida on Sunday with a score of 2-0. With the victory, PBSC split their weekend trip to Winter Haven and Palatka by going 2-2 and moving their overall mark to 10-3. The trip started out in rough fashion as the Panthers lost to Polk State in the 9th inning 4-3 on Friday night and on Saturday losing to St John's River State 8-4. This was the 2nd time St. John's had defeated our "Boys of Summer" . Showing they belong in the early season elite, the #2 rated Panthers came on Sunday to defeat Pan Handle foe Gulf Coast 4-0 and St. Pete 2-0 by virtue of the complete game performances of Parker Danciu and Christian Calleja. Next up is Miami Dade Tuesday on "The Beach" beginning at 3pm. The Sharks are the defending FCSAA State Champs and NJCAA World Series runners-up.
The PBSC baseball team has been living on their pitching and defense early on in the season and again on Wednesday night those 2 facets of the game did not let them down. The Panthers only had 4 hits on Wednesday but manufactured 2 runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning to take a 2-1 lead over Eastern Florida State, a lead they would never give up. Final score, PBSC 2 EFSC 1. Cheyne Bickel who went 51/3 innings getting the win and Nick Vespi in middle relief were dominant as they scattered 7 hits allowing only 1 run. With the win the Panthers who are currently ranked #2 in the state improved their overall record to 8-1 and their Southern Conference mark to 1-0.
The Panther baseball team was rewarded a #2 State ranking in the first coaches poll which came out yesterday. The "Boys of Summer" have started their season off with a 7-1 record and a sparkling 1.87 team pitching ERA which is tops in the state and nationally ranked. Palm Beach State will continue its 52 game schedule with a 5pm game this afternoon at home on "The Beach" against Eastern Florida State. Game time is scheduled for 5pm.
The Panther baseball team went on the road for the first time this season and came away with 3 straight victories, moving their overall record to 7-1. PBSC defeated College of Central Florida Saturday in Ocala 3-2 and 8-2 in a twin bill and turned around Sunday in New Port Richey and got the best of Pasco Hernando 5-0. During this 8 game stretch, the Palm Beach State pitching staff has allowed only 12 runs in 64 innings pitched equating to a 1.87. ERA which is not only one of the best in the state but also nationally. The Panthers will be back home Wednesday taking on Eastern Florida State in a 5pm start.
In an early season matchup of 2 of the top 25 teams in the country pre-season poll, St. John's State College (#17) defeated the PBSC Panthers (#25) 2-0 in a pitching and defensive battle. The first 4 innings were a spotless tie but St. John's plated 2 runs in the top half of the 5th on a 2-out double and the Panthers would never recover. Palm Beach State did have an opportunity in the bottom of the 8th with 2 on and 2 out but just couldn't get that hit to get on the board. With the loss, the Panthers drop to 4-1. Palm Beach State will now take to the road for weekend tilts against College of Central Florida in a twin bill on Saturday followed up buy a single game Sunday against Pasco Hernando. The "Boys of Summer" will return home to "The Beach" next Wednesday, February 11 when they take on Eastern Florida State in a 5pm contest.
The Panther "Boys of Summer" opened up their winter with a trifecta as they defeated College of Central Florida (3-1) on Friday and backed that up with a double header sweep of Seminole State (5-4 & 7-1). In the process, PBSC showed their pitching depth as they allowed only 2.61 runs per game in the 3 contests and some comeback resiliency plating 4 runs in the last inning of the Seminole State game to win 5-4. In Friday's opener, Danny Hernandez scored 2 runs and the Panthers used 7 singles to plate 3 runs which is all starting pitcher Anthony Delaney and friends would need. Nick Gallo was the hitting hero Saturday as he went 4-7 in the twin bill. Palm Beach State will be at home today when they face Northwood @ 4pm.
The long journey begins today for the PBSC baseball team as they host College of Central Florida in a 2pm tilt. Going to the mound will be sophomore Anthony Delaney a returner from last years FCSAA State qualifying team. The Panthers have 28 home dates scheduled of their 52 total dates and will play their first 5 games at home beginning with today's action. That will be followed by a doubleheader Saturday against Seminole College beginning at noon and finishing the home stand with a date Monday February 2 vs. Northwood at 4pm and Tuesday February 3 against St. John's River State @ 4pm. The "Boys of Summer" have been to the FCSAA State Tournament 3 years in a row finishing as the State Runner-up in 2012, followed by a 2013 State Championship and National Runner-up finish. Last season the Panthers qualified for the tourney but were knocked out on the third day of the 5 day event.
The Panthers exhibited highs and lows over the weekend in the FCSAA baseball tourney held in Lakeland, Florida. Palm Beach State, the 2013 JUCO State Champs, experienced the "thrill of victory and the agony of defeat" in their 3-day journey over the weekend. On Friday, in the opening game of the tourney, the "Boys of Summer" could muster only 5 singles in a 5-1 loss against Polk State. Saturday was a different story as PBSC, highlighted by a Zac Burger grand slam home run, outlasted Eastern Florida State 8-6. On Sunday, Palm Beach State battled State College of Florida, a team they defeated in the State Championship last season, and the game lived up to the billing. The Panthers, down 2-0 in the top of the 5th, plated 3 runs and held that lead in the tense game until the bottom of the 9th. In heartbreaking fashion for the Panthers, but exhilaration for State College of Florida, on a 2-2 count with 2 runners on the Panthers watched a 3 run home run go over the left field wall ending their season in dramatic fashion. With the loss, PBSC ended their season at 29-23.
For the third straight year under Kyle Forbes' coaching reign, the PBSC baseball team will be participating in the NJCAA/FCSAA Region 8 State tournament held in Lakeland Florida May 8-14. It certainly wasn't easy as before the defending state champions came to bat, they were down 6-0 to Eastern Florida State. Southern Conference Pitcher of the Year Cody Palmquist had been knocked out and certainly things did not look promising. Enter Bryan Coughlin. The sophomore who recently signed with Southern Miss. on an athletic scholarship pitched 7 innings of 1 run 4 hit baseball and the Panthers slowly climbed back in the game as they scored 2 in the first, 3 in the 5th, 2 in the 6th and 1 in the 7th to grab an 8-7 lead. However the excitement didn't end there as Eastern Florida State came back to score single runs in their half of the 8th and 9th innings to grab a 9-8 lead. The "Boys of Summer" were not done as they scored a run and loaded the bases with 1 out in the 9th when all conference 1st team catcher Michael Barash hit a sacrifice fly and the dog pile was on. The Panthers will end their season in a meaningless game today at Eastern Florida State @ 5pm. Palm Beach State's current overall record is 28-20 and their conference mark is 12-11.
A day after being named the Southern Conference Pitcher of the Year, Cody Palmquist battled his way to a complete game victory over league leader Miami Dade, 9-5. Although he did not have his best stuff, the Panther bats were alive enough to secure the victory. The defending state champs have another critical showdown with Miami Dade today, on the road, as they complete a previously suspended game tied at 2-2 in the 13th inning and then play a regular scheduled game with the Sharks, following the completion of the first contest. Game time is set for 4pm. PBSC's overall record currently stands at 26-19 and they are 10-10 in the conference.
The Panther baseball team continued their journey to try and get an automatic bid to the FCSAA State Tournament by splitting with Indian River State on Friday and Saturday. The "Boys of Summer" were defeated soundly Friday (7-1), but behind the 6 hit complete game pitching of Bryan Coughlin on Saturday, came back to win 7-2. Saturday afternoon's contest was highlighted by a 3 run homer by Michael Barash, in the bottom half of the 7th, capping a 5 run inning and taking the Panthers from a 2-1 deficit to a 6-2 lead. PBSC will continue play today, at home, against league leader Miami Dade, beginning at 4pm. The Panthers control their own destiny as they have 5 games left, 3 with Miami Dade and 2 with Eastern Florida State, both of whom are ahead of PBSC in the Southern Conference standings.
In a game they desperately needed, Zac Burger's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 9th elevated the "Boys of Summer" to a tension filled 5-4 victory at home on Wednesday evening against Broward. In the process, PBSC stopped a 3 game losing skid and halted the Seahawks 4 game winning streak. More importantly, the Panthers maintained a 1/2 game lead over Eastern Florida State in the race for the 2nd spot in the conference and an automatic bid for the FCSAA State Tournament. The Panthers are currently 23-18 overall and 8-9 in conference play. Palm Beach State will interrupt conference play today with a game against Northwood on the road followed by back to back Southern Conference action on Friday and Saturday against Indian River State College. Saturday's game will be at home beginning at 1pm.
In the up and down season that has characterized the "Boys of Summer" this year, PBSC fell twice to Broward over the weekend as they lost 6-2 on the road Friday and 11-8 at home Saturday afternoon. Amazingly, the Panthers remain in 2nd place in the topsy turvey Southern Conference 1/2 game ahead of Broward, Indian River and Eastern Florida State. The Panthers conference record now stands at 7-8 and their overall mark is 22-17.
Lock down pitching, spotless defense, timely hitting and the ability to manufacture runs were the ingredients Wednesday night as the Panthers took over sole possession of 2nd place. Cody Palmquist pitched a complete game gem as he scattered 6 hits while walking 2 and Jan Carlos Cintron had a key 4th inning bases-loaded double driving in 3 runs which would be all Palmquist needed. Final score - PBSC 5 Eastern Florida State 0. With the victory, the defending state champs moved to within 2 games of Miami Dade and are 1/2 game ahead of Eastern Florida State. The Panthers will get back at it Friday and Saturday when they do a home and home series with Broward. PBSC will travel to Davie on Friday and Saturday they will face the Broward Seahawks here at 1pm.
The "Boys of Summer" responded in a big way Tuesday night, on the road, as they put their last defeat behind them and stopped their 3-game conference losing streak by defeating Eastern Florida State. Anthony Delaney, a freshman from America Heritage, battled the Titans holding them to 4 runs as the Panther bats were still lively contributing 10 runs and ensuring there was no comeback on this night. With the win, PBSC climbs to within 1/2 game of the Titans for 2nd place in the conference. Palm Beach State will have a chance to take sole possession of 2nd place when they face Eastern Florida State again today at home. Game time is set for 5pm.
The "Boys of Summer," currently on a 3-game losing streak in the Southern Conference, hit their low point of the season when they blew an 8 run lead on Sunday at home against Indian River. The Panther's bats were alive in the first 3 innings as they built an 11-3 lead. However, Indian River chipped away in the 4th and 5th inning to get the margin down to 5 (11-6) and then in the 6th put up a 5 spot to knot the game. It appeared PBSC might escape with a win as they manufactured a run in the bottom half of the 8th to go up 1 only to see IRSC plate 2 in the top of the 9th. Final score - IRSC 13, PBSC 12. The loss drops the Panthers to 5-6 in the conference and they remain in 3rd place. They resume action on Tuesday against the 2nd place team in the conference, Eastern Florida State College, on the road in Melbourne with a 4pm start. Palm Beach State's overall record stands at 20-15.
The "Boys of Summer" climbed into a 1st place tie in the Southern Conference Wednesday night by virtue of a 9-2 victory over Broward. With a third of the conference season over, PBSC is currently tied with Eastern Florida State College at the top of the heap at 5-3. In a highly competitive race - only 2 games separate the top from the bottom - the Panthers continue the grind of 24 conference games. The defending FCSAA State Champs will continue their journey this Friday and Saturday when they face Miami Dade on the road Friday afternoon and return home Saturday to tangle with the same team beginning at 1pm. Palm Beach State's current overall record is 19-12.
Sophomore Dan Hudzina placed a 1-0 pitch over the left field wall in the bottom of the 8th inning propelling the "Boys of Summer" to victory over Broward in Southern Conference action yesterday. The 2 run shot was the Panthers first lead of the game as they had battled back from a 2-0 deficit in the earlier part of the game. Anthony Delaney pitched 7 strong innings and 2 run baseball and Bryan Coughlin and Peter Strelicki came out of the bullpen to close the door on the Seahawks. With the victory PBSC moved their overall record to 18-12 which includes a 4-3 conference record good for 2nd place. The Panthers are back at it again today as they travel to Davie to take on Broward in a 5pm game.
The defending State Champions and National Runner-up is finding each game has a significant meaning for their opponents. Eastern Florida State College defeated the "Boys of Summer" twice this week as they took the early lead in the Southern Conference race. The Panthers were defeated 4-3 in Tuesday's game at home and then dropped a 9-4 decision to the same school on the road yesterday. Timely hitting particularly in the first contest was the Panther's albatross as they stranded the tying and go ahead run on second and third in the 8th inning with 1 out and left the tying run on 2nd base with only 1 out in the 9th. With the losses the Panthers overall record now stands at 15-11 and they are 3-3 in the Southern Conference.
The defending state champion Panthers began Southern Conference play this past week and got out of the gate in good form. Palm Beach State lost their home opener on Tuesday, March 4 to Miami Dade (4-0) but then responded with 3 solid victories against Miami Dade (5-2), and Indian River State College twice (15-2 and 6-4). Palm Beach State is currently 15-9 overall and 3-1 in the conference. Thus far, leading hitters for "The Boys of Summer" are Michael Barash (.381) and Brett Lashley (.377). The Panthers leading hurlers are Anthony Delaney who is 4-0 with a 1.67 ERA and Cody Palmquist who is 4-1 with a 1.84 ERA. The Panthers will host Eastern Florida State on Tuesday, March 11 @ 5pm as they continue their Southern Conference journey.
The " Boys of Summer" put a hurtin' on Florida Memorial Wednesday night at home as they defeated the visitors 23-4. The score was tied 2-2 after 2 innings but the Panthers put up crooked numbers (5) in the 3rd and 4th frames and the route was on. The Panthers will continue their current home stand as they take on Broward at 4pm Friday Feb. 28 and return on Saturday to face Florida State College @ Jacksonville in a twin bill beginning at noon. Palm Beach State will begin conference play on Tuesday March 4 at home when they take on Miami Dade beginning at 4pm.
The "Boys of Summer" went 4-1 for the week of February 17-23 defeating St. Thomas (10-0), Northwood JV (9-3), College of Central Florida (6-2) and splitting with Seminole losing 5-2 before coming back and winning the second contest of the twin bill 8-1. The offensive star for the Panthers for the week was Daniel Hudzina who went 8-15 at the plate. On Saturday, freshman Anthony Delaney only allowed 1 run in 6 innings in the win over Seminole and Sunday, Cody Palmquist went 6 innings allowing 1 run and struck out five in the Panthers defeat of College of Central Florida. Palm Beach State now stands at 10-6 on the year.
The "Boys of Summer" took down Miami Dade Tuesday afternoon in Miami 9-1. The Panthers jumped on the Sharks ace pitcher from the start as they plated 6 runs in the first inning. From there Palm Beach State's pitching and defense took over as they won for the 5th time in 8 tries this season. The Panthers will continue the non-conference portion of their schedule this weekend as they take on Polk State College at home on Friday with a 4pm start and then head on the road for a weekend tournament.
Palm Beach State split 4 games over the weekend as they moved their overall record to 4-3. In a game against 2 of the pre-season top teams in the state, the Panthers could not muster any offense as they went down 2-0 to Polk. On Saturday, the Panthers defeated South Florida State College 3-1. Sunday, Palm Beach State played Hillsborough in a twin bill and both games were defensive struggles as the hosts won the first game 3-2 and Palm Beach State came away with a 4-2 victory in the 2nd game. The Panthers will be on the road again on Tuesday, February 11 when they head to Miami Dade for a 3pm game.
The Panther "Boys of Summer" began their 2014 baseball journey last weekend at the always difficult First Pitch Classic in Clearwater. Palm Beach State won 2 of the 3 games they played defeating both of the in state schools they faced, Chipola (9-8) and South Florida State (6-2) on Saturday. On Sunday the Panthers were defeated by San Jacinto (Tx) 12-4. Sophomore 2nd baseman Brett Lashley led the Panthers offensively by going 5-8 at the plate for the weekend. Palm Beach State is ranked #4 in the latest NJCAA poll and are the defending State Champions and JUCO National Runner-Up. Palm Beach State will have their home opener this Wednesday February 5 @ 4pm when they take on Miami Dade in a 4pm contest.