▪ Carolina Forest 8, (at) South Florence 7 | Falling behind by a run in the fifth, the Panthers rallied with three runs in the sixth that proved key in picking up a region victory over the Bruins. Hunter Baiden drove in two runs in the frame that proved to be the difference.
▪ W: Patrick Orlando L: Gray Top hitters: CF: Hunter Baiden 2-for-2, 2 RBI; Ryan Gold 2-for-4, RBI; Orlando 1-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI.
▪ Records: CF: 16-4 (7-1 Region VI-AAAA).
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▪ Waccamaw 10, (at) Marion 0 | Waccamaw’s Levi Almond may have simply set out to provide a solid pitching performance for his baseball team, but the Warriors hurler nearly was able to offer something much more special on Friday night.
Almond came three outs from posting a perfect game at Marion, a double in the seventh inning breaking things up for the Waccamaw pitcher. Nevertheless, his effort helped his team remain in the hunt for the Region VIII-AA title, the Warriors grabbing a 10-0 win.
The Waccamaw pitcher had 17 strikeouts in the game, and did not offer a free pass to a Marion hitter.
“We were all hoping and rooting for the perfect game, it would have been special for him and all of us to be a part of,” said Waccamaw baseball coach Jeff Gregory. “But I’m more than happy with how (Almond) threw (Friday night). Our guys just had more of a business-like approach, as we just sat back and let the kid throw.”
Almond also was 3-for-4 at the plate with three RBIs. Connor Eckard and Alex Altman also provided perfect nights at the dish, each of them with three hits.
▪ W: Levi Almond L: Bobby Britt Top hitters: Almond 3-for-4, 3 RBI; Connor Eckard 3-for-3 2 R; Alex Altman 3-for-3 2 R, RBI.
▪ Records: WAC 14-7, 6-2 Region VIII-AA.
▪ (At) Loris 7, Dillon 6 | In a game which saw the lead change on seven occasions, the Lions scored two runs in the final frame to pull out a 7-6 victory on Friday night.
Athan Aftosmes’ base hit in the bottom of the seventh brought in the winning run, and put the lid on a perfect night at the plate. More importantly, it allowed Loris to complete a season sweep of Dillon.
Also solid for Loris was Timmy Bell and Dalton Stalvey, both of whom went 2-for-4 on the night.
▪ W: Austin Skipper L: A. Moody Top hitters: DIL: L. Wilson 2-for-3; A. Moody 1-for-2, HR. LOR: Athan Aftosmes 3-for-3, GW RBI; Timmy Bell 2-for-4; Dalton Stalvey 2-for-4.
▪ Records: 9-12 (4-3 Region VIII-AA)
▪ (At) Carolina Forest 20, Myrtle Beach 3 | Sebastian Muscemi’s four goals helped lead the Panthers to an easy win. Carolina Forest now awaits Lower State playoff seeding.
▪ Goals: CF: Sebastian Muscemi 4, Joe Venazio 3, Matt Sampollo 3, Phil Gerber 2, Logan Thibideau 2, Austin Nettle 2, Kaidon Hunt.
▪ Assists: CF: Muscemi, Venazio, Nettle, Hunt 2.
▪ Goalies: CF: Steven Elias 7 saves.
▪ Records: CF: 11-1.
▪ (At) Georgetown 7, North Myrtle Beach 0 | Anna James went the distance, striking out seven North Myrtle Beach batters while walking three en route to a no-hitter Friday night. The Bulldogs scored four in the second inning to take an early lead, adding to their cushion in the sixth.
▪ W: Anna James L: A. McCormick Top hitters: NMB: Meredith Venters 2-for-3; Kendal Blakely 1-for-2.
▪ (At) St. James 7, Myrtle Beach 3 | Kelsi Bachmann’s perfect night at the plate helped propel the Sharks to a key region win on Friday night.
The St. James senior went 4-for-4 in the game, scoring two runs. Ali Valcourt and Alysa Ayala each also had two hits and a pair of runs batted in.
▪ W: Shelby Spaziani L: Carly Grace Bodge Top hitters: MB: Victoria Howard 2-for-3, R; McKenzie Coble 1-for-3, RBI, R; Leah Belack 1-for-3, 2 RBI. STJ: Kelsi Bachmann 4-for-4, 2 R, Ali Valcourt 2-for-4, 2 RBI, R; Alysa Ayala 2-for-4, 2 RBI, R; Skye Bailey 1-for-3, RBI.
▪ Carolina Forest 4, (at) South Florence 1 | Scoring four goals in the first half helped the Panthers cruise to an easy victory over South Florence on Friday night. Haley Trunkett scored each of Carolina Forest’s four goals for the haul.
▪ Goals: CF: Haley Trunkett.
▪ Assists: CF: Bailey Provencal, Katelyn Perry.
▪ Socastee 5, (at) Conway 0 | Katelyn Price and Brittany Leftis scored two goals each to lead the Braves past the Tigers.
▪ Goals: Socastee: Haley Altman 1, Katelyn Price 2, Brittany Leftis 2.
▪ Assists: Socastee: Melisa Garcia 2, Shay Sitar 1, Leftis 1.
▪ Records: Socastee 5-5 (6-2 Region VI-AAAA).