By Randy Robbins

Special to the Pilot

In a whiplash elevator ride to the top then back down again, the Gold Beach Panthers varsity baseball team first managed to snap a non-league three-game skid to best Myrtle Point in their league opener last week, 7-1. Then came Bandon.

"It was good for the kids to get that first win," he said.

Unfortunately, for the Gold Beach batmen, Bandon isn't Myrtle Point. When the Panthers neighbors up the block paid a visit to the GBHS field under sunny skies on Tuesday that point became painfully clear. The ensuing free fall down the scoring shaft likely had GBHS wishing they could hit the stop button.

Hollinger was quick to give Bandon their props.

"They are a good, solid team and will probably be battling it out with Toledo and Reedsport for the league championship," he said.

When the dust finally settled at the well-trodden home plate the Tigers disposed of their hosts pushing the score to 14-1 before the game was called after 5 innings.

Cameron Hagood shared pitching duties with Thatcher Tim for Gold Beach, while Josh Minkler topped the mound for Bandon for the entire if abbreviated, game.

With the loss, Gold Beach drops to 1-1 in Sunset 2A/1A Special District 5, tied with Coquille for the third spot in the league. Bandon's win improves the Tiger's portfolio to 2-1 to lock things up with Toledo for the top spot.

The Panthers were scheduled to host Siletz Valley/Eddyville Charter yesterday in another league encounter but Hollinger thought rain might cancel the game. Next up, Gold Beach is on the road to Waldport for a 4:30 p.m. Tuesday contest.