Bantams defeat High Point 2-1


Will next face the Lander Bearcats

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Photos by Charles Warner | Union Times Who will make it to first base in time? The baseball being thrown by USC Union Bantams Pitcher Christian Joplin to Bantams First Baseman Paul Campbell or the High Point University Panther sliding back into the plate. The Bantams and the Panthers faced off in a three-game series at the Timken Sports Complex this past weekend. While the Panther sliding into first base made it back before the ball got there, the Bantams still emerged victorious, winning the first and third games in the series.


USC Union Bantam JT Cheek prepares to hit the baseball thrown by the High Point University Panthers pitcher during this past weekend’s three-game series at the Timken Sports Complex. The Bantams beat the Panthers, then the number one team in their conference, in the series 2-1.


USC Union Bantam Paul Campbell tries to steal third base while watching to see which way the ball is going during this past weekend’s three-game series at the Timken Sports Complex. The Bantams took on and defeated the top-ranked High Point University Panthers, winning the first and third games in the series.


UNION COUNTY — The number one team in the Division II Central IV Conference got beat this weekend by the USC Union Bantams.

In a statement released Monday, Coach Jap Worthy said the Bantams went up against the High Point Panthers in a three-game series this past weekend at the Timken Sport Complex. The first two games were played as a double-header on Saturday while the third was played on Sunday. Worthy said that the double-header saw the Bantams gain a narrow win in the first game while losing decisively in the second. He said the team then came back Sunday for another narrow win against the Panthers.

Worthy said that going into this past weekend’s series, the Panthers were not only the number one team in the conference, they are also undefeated in conference competition.

“We beat the number one team in the conference,” Worthy said. “We handed them their first two losses of the conference.”

Game 1

In the first game of Saturday’s double-header, Worthy said that the Bantams won 4-3 with Bantam Christian Joplin the winning pitcher while Bantam Kennedy Beatty was 2 for 3. He said Bantam Cameron Jennings had a big double while Bantam Dalton Johnson also had a hit for the team.

Game 2

The second game of the double-header was anything but close with the Bantams falling to the Panthers 15-3.

“High Point hit the ball well and we made mistakes defensively,” Worthy said. “They are the best hitting team we faced all season.”

Game 3

The third game on Sunday saw the Bantams make a comeback with a narrow 3-2 win over the Panthers.

Worthy said Bantam Gage Eaves was the winning pitcher going 5 1/3 with Bantam Andrew Caskey picking up the save. He said that Bantam Kennedy Beatty lead all hitters at the plate going 3 for 3 with a big RBI single in the fifth inning to score Bantam Paul Campbell. In addition, Bantam Dalton Johnson also had a big double.

“That was a huge win for us,” Worthy said of the third game. “We settled down and played great. I’m so proud of my guys for knocking off the number one team in our conference.”

With this past weekend’s series, the Bantams are now 7-4 overall and 5-4 in conference play.

Bantams Vs. Bearcats

Next up for the Bantams is a three-game series against the Lander Bearcats who Worthy said are now the leading team in the conference. He added that the Panthers will also be playing the Bearcats in the near future as well.

“Lander leads the conference, but we (the Bantams and the Panthers) both have to face Lander in the next couple of weeks,” Worthy said. “The race is tight and we have to continue to work hard and get better.”

The Bantams will face the Bearcats at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 8 with a double-header with a third game of the three-game away series being played at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 9.

Photos by Charles Warner | Union Times Who will make it to first base in time? The baseball being thrown by USC Union Bantams Pitcher Christian Joplin to Bantams First Baseman Paul Campbell or the High Point University Panther sliding back into the plate. The Bantams and the Panthers faced off in a three-game series at the Timken Sports Complex this past weekend. While the Panther sliding into first base made it back before the ball got there, the Bantams still emerged victorious, winning the first and third games in the series.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_IMG_0495-1.jpgPhotos by Charles Warner | Union Times Who will make it to first base in time? The baseball being thrown by USC Union Bantams Pitcher Christian Joplin to Bantams First Baseman Paul Campbell or the High Point University Panther sliding back into the plate. The Bantams and the Panthers faced off in a three-game series at the Timken Sports Complex this past weekend. While the Panther sliding into first base made it back before the ball got there, the Bantams still emerged victorious, winning the first and third games in the series.

USC Union Bantam JT Cheek prepares to hit the baseball thrown by the High Point University Panthers pitcher during this past weekend’s three-game series at the Timken Sports Complex. The Bantams beat the Panthers, then the number one team in their conference, in the series 2-1.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_IMG_0487-1.jpgUSC Union Bantam JT Cheek prepares to hit the baseball thrown by the High Point University Panthers pitcher during this past weekend’s three-game series at the Timken Sports Complex. The Bantams beat the Panthers, then the number one team in their conference, in the series 2-1.

USC Union Bantam Paul Campbell tries to steal third base while watching to see which way the ball is going during this past weekend’s three-game series at the Timken Sports Complex. The Bantams took on and defeated the top-ranked High Point University Panthers, winning the first and third games in the series.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_IMG_0503-1.jpgUSC Union Bantam Paul Campbell tries to steal third base while watching to see which way the ball is going during this past weekend’s three-game series at the Timken Sports Complex. The Bantams took on and defeated the top-ranked High Point University Panthers, winning the first and third games in the series.
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