After six lead changes in Thursday's championship game, the Browning Panthers finally pulled out a 7-6 win over Loyola on May 12.
Athletic Director Andrew West '92 reports: Patrick Lopez got the win for the Browning Panthers. He allowed two runs over two innings. He struck out two, walked one and surrendered one hit. However, the pitching star was once again Shazeb Dayani. After his dominant 88 pitch performance over Columbia Prep earlier in the week, he came in that morning and told me he felt good. I said "Great; hopefully we will get you a lead and you can save us late in the game." He said, "No, I feel real good, I'm ready to start." Who am I to argue with that? He got the nod and didn't disappoint.
The top of the first saw the Browning Panthers take an early lead, 1-0. Anthony Carrasco got things going for the Browning Panthers with a single. Liam Kerwin doubled, bringing home George Grimbilas.
Like in last year's championship game, Browning took a four-run lead into the fifth inning, ahead 6-2 before Loyola came back to tie the game at 6-6. But this time the Panthers were able to bounce back. It's very easy to get down after blowing a lead, and it's hard to stop another team's momentum. This year's squad was up to the challenge, though, thanks to the senior leadership and the whole team's effort.
Not to be overlooked in the game was the awesome fan support! I was so excited to see the masses of faculty, parents, grandparents and students from all divisions out at the game. Thank you for showing your Panther pride!