District Player of the Year Will Sullivan belted two home runs, including a grand slam, and drove in a career-high six runs to lead Baseball to an 8-4 comeback victory over host Olympia. DP (15-6) gifted the nation’s 16th-ranked team four runs in a disastrous second inning that saw the Panthers commit three errors in the process. But even down 4-0, DP continued to chip away and picked up a run in the fourth. Will Sullivan was hit by a pitch leading off the inning, stole second, third, and then home on a double steal with Brandon Fields to cut the deficit to 4-1.
After Olympia went quietly in the home fourth, the Panthers took over for good. Carlos Lopez was hit by a pitch to lead off, Derek Arroyo punched a single into right field and James Hurst dropped down a perfect bunt to load the bases. With two down, Will Sullivan stepped in and drilled a 2-2 curve over the right field wall for a grand slam that gave DP a 5-4 lead. They weren’t done, though. Olympia threatened again in the bottom of the fifth with a one-out single and with Logan Bryan on in relief of Mitchell Stockwell, singled again to put the tying and go-ahead runs on base. But with the count full, Bryan fired home a called-strike three to get out of the jam. The sixth inning saw the Panthers scratch out another run when Derek Arroyo’s sacrifice fly scored Brandon Fields for a 6-4 lead.
Olympia was retired in order in the home sixth and in the DP seventh, Will Sullivan dialed long distance again, this time crushing a fastball deep into the woods, his eighth home run of the season, that scored Raymond Negron Valero for an 8-4 lead. In the bottom of the seventh, the Titans put runners on first and second with one out but the Panthers turned a game-ending double play to finish them off. Sullivan had the best game of his career, going 2-2 with two home runs, a career-high six RBIs, scored three runs and stole three bases. Brandon Fields was 1-2 with a pair of walks and scored a run. Mitchell Stockwell got the start and allowed no earned runs over 4 1/3 innings to pick up the victory while Logan Bryan went 2 2/3 innings, allowing just two hits and striking out two. For DP, the victory snapped a two-game slide and also delivered their first victory over Olympia since March of 2014, a span of eight games. The Panthers will be back in action Monday as they host Ocoee.
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John Magrino, M.Ed
Assistant Athletic Director
Dr. Phillips High School