Panteliodis Keeps Competing

The Tampa, Florida native was drafted by the Mets fresh out of the swamp in the ninth round back in 2011. Panteliodis did not compete last year due to a hip injury. The former University of Florida standout helped the Sand Gnats add another victory in the win column last Tuesday night against the Charleston Riverdogs.

In the last matchup between the Savannah and Charleston, the Riverdogs took a big bite out of Panteliodis. Although he didn't win as the starter, the team rallied to a 5-3 victory. Panteliodis described his first loss against the Riverdogs and what he did to improve this time around.

"Well last time I wasn't throwing many strikes. Last [Tuesday] night I just tried to get out there, get ahead, and attack the zone. It wasn't my best performance," Panteliodis said.

Thanks to a late scoring run in the eighth inning on Tuesday night, the Gnats evened the series. The Riverdogs took control and led in the sixth inning, but the Sand Gnats swarmed in and took over. Panteliodis spoke highly of the team's willingness to fight and never give up.

"It's just saying that we don't put our heads down after we give up the lead. We come back fighting. Doing it as a team is a great thing to have in an organization.

"We could have folded our hands and took the loss [that] night. We are fighters out here. It says a lot. We came back 3-2 and took the lead and then we came down and held them," Panteliodis stated.

The Riverdogs are ranked first in the South Atlantic League, but their first place ranking wasn't enough to get the victory Tuesday night.

"We were down 3-2 and our bullpen came in and they shut the door down for our hitters to come through to give us a couple of extra runs to come out with the win. Last time we faced them it wasn't that great at their place. Two nights ago we lost, and last night our team came to play. It's very nice. [It] just helps to an extra win in our division," said Panteliodis.

Before Wednesday's win, Panteliodis expressed how important the victory would be not only for the team, but their conference as well.

"It's very important for our divisions' sake. At their place we took two of the three. It would be nice to do it again so we can have the upper hand on them. It would be very nice to come with the win again tonight," Panteliodis said.

When asked about individual goals, he noted that improving through every outing is key.

"Just go out there and try to do better every outing as I go on through the season. That's one of my first goals…and then just being able to win. That's all we're here for. We are here to win ball games and have fun," said Panteliodis.

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