Jordan Poston turned out to be the perfect choice to start Aynor’s first playoff game – because he was perfect on Thursday night.
The junior didn’t allow a single runner to reach base while striking out nine in a five-inning win, 12-0, over Timberland. Aynor coach Chad Sarbis said the performance was one he’s watched the junior build up to all year.
“In the beginning of the season we felt like if he could come along and develop his offspeed stuff and stay healthy, we felt like he could be a quality arm for us. Each outing he's gotten better,” Sarbis said. “Being on the road, not being in a comfortable environment. … I felt like he really settled in well. He threw the ball well. He did a good job of growing up this year on the mound, and he's been a big plus this year.”
Poston was helped along by his team’s strong offensive output. Quin Prosser led the charge, going 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs. Sarbis said his team’s tough region slate has prepared them well.
“We play in a tough region,” he said. “Four out of the top 6 in our region were ranked [preseason]. We kind of beat up on each other all year long.”
Aynor next travels to region-foe Dillon on Saturday for a 6:30 start.
“It's always a good outing every time we play that crowd and we're looking forward to it,” Sarbis said.
• W–Jordan Poston. L–Josh Winningham. Top hitters – A: Brandon Young 1-for-3, 2 runs scored; Quin Prosser 2-for-4, 3 RBIs; Morgan Ward 1-for-3, 1 run, 1 RBI; Poston 1-for-3, 1 run scored, 1 RBI.
Records – A: 13-7.
High school baseball
•(At) Loris 5, Lake City 1
| Tanner Cox had seven strikeouts as the Lions got the win over Lake City. Loris will travel to Andrews Saturday.
• W–Tanner Cox (6-3). L–McGee. Top hitters – Loris: Ryan Bellamy 2-3, Kolin Causey 2-3, Whit Rivenbark 1-2, 2 RBIs.
•(At) Dutch Fork 6, Carolina Forest 3
| The Panthers came up short, falling to Dutch Fork. Carolina Forest will play at Ashley Ridge Saturday.
• W–Shook. L–Orlando (3-2).Top hitters – Carolina Forest: Robert Jolly 2-3, 2 RBIs, Jacob Frishmeuth 1-2, 2B.
High school boys soccer
•Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach 5, Cathedral Academy 3
| Todd Carroll and Matt Doria scored two goals a piece as the Saints got the win over the Generals.
High school girls soccer
•Myrtle Beach 2, (at) St. James 0
| Miranda Russell and Mackenzie Jones scored for the Seahawks as Myrtle Beach held off the Sharks.
High school softball
•(At) Dutch Fork 5, Carolina Forest 0
| The Panthers were unable to mount any offense as they fell to Dutch Fork in the first round of the Class AAAA playoffs.
• W–Elkins. L–Emily Merriam (9-7). Top hitters – Carolina Forest: Taylor Hunter 2-3, Marissa Nunez 1-2, Cheyenne MacKenna 1-3. Dutch Fork: Brown 3-4, run; Elkins 2-3, 2B, run; Mason 2-4.
• W–Meaghen Whitfield. L–Neci Hemingway (8-7). S–Pitcher (x). Top hitters – Conway: Kady Edwards 2-3, run, Ashlyn Hardwick 1-3, RBI.
High school boys tennis
•(At) Socastee 6, Wilson 1
| The Braves defeated the Tigers to finish their season at a perfect 13-0. Socastee will start the playoffs May 6 at Prestwick as the No. 1 seed.
High school track and field
The Sumter track and field team walked away with the boys and girls title at the Region VI-AAAA meet held at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium on Thursday.
However, Carolina Forest had several boys and girls place first in events at the meet. The Panther boys were runner-ups and the Carolina Forest girls finished fourth as a team.
Lisa Pieterse won the 1600 meter (5:30.01) and 3200 meter (11:55.62) relays for the Panthers. Other top finishers for the Carolina Forest girls were Caitlyn Penter (first place, 800 meters, 2:33.62), and Kayla Watkins (first place, high jump, 5-0).
Austin Copley finished first in the 110 meter hurdles (16.56) and the 400 hurdles (58.49). Other winners for the Carolina Forest boys were: Nick Beal (first place, 800 meters, 2:09.47), Michael Pieterse (first place, 1600 meters, 4:48.87), Stephen Ciaramitaro (first place, 3200 meters, 10:52.65).
Ryan Sullivan of Winston-Salem, NC has found himself in the lead at eGolf Tour’s ninth annual Columbia Open.
Sullivan, who has spent time on the Web.com Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamerica and the eGolf Tour, opened one of the eGolf Tour’s longest-tenured events shooting 10-under after two rounds. Sullivan has a one-shot lead heading into Friday’s third round of play.
Travis Ross of Crookston, MN is alone in second place, one shot back of Sullivan after rounds of 69-64—133 (9-under). Phillip Mollica of Anderson is alone in third place with rounds of 67-67—134, two shots back of Sullivan at 8-under. Adam Stephenson of Greenville, NC is alone in fourth place at 7-under 135, thanks in part to a second-round 65 on Thursday.
Mark Wright, of Tabor City, missed the cut after shooting 10-over in the first round.
Third-round play in the Columbia Open will begin at 8 a.m. on Friday morning.
A pair of local golfers competed in the Carolinas Golf Association’s Senior Four-Ball Tournament at Kenmure Country Club, in Flat Rock, North Carolina on Thursday.
In Flight A, Dan Harrington Jr, of Pawleys Island, pairing with Kent Geer finished tied for 10th after rounds of 36-39–75. In Flight B, Lanny Correll Sr, of Pawleys Island, pairing with Steve Denney finished 8th after rounds of 36-41–77.