▪ Trey Salley and Jackson Cole each shot 2-over 74s to share co-Region VIII-AA Player of the Year honors and lead Waccamaw to a league title at Diamondback Golf Club in Loris.
The Warriors and Aynor advanced to next week’s Class AA state tournament at True Blue Plantation. Loris’ Lukas Little (85) and Marion’s Brandon Ingram (96) advanced as individuals.
Salley and Cole were joined by teammate Patrick Golden (77), Aynor’s Owen Barnhill (84) and Braeden Barnett (88), Little and Ingram on the all-region team.
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▪ Team scores: Waccamaw 304, Aynor 355, Loris 418, Marion 448.
▪ WACCAMAW: Trey Salley 74, Jackson Cole 74, Patrick Golden 77, Will Canipe 79.
▪ AYNOR: Owen Barnhill 84, Braeden Barnett 88, Max Roberts 89, Dalton Gasque 94.
▪ LORIS: Lukas Little 85, Tre’Quan Bellamy 108, Kyle Dirmyer 112, Dawson Pickford 113.
▪ MARION: Brandon Ingram 96, Kyle Rogers 110, Jonathan Brewer 119, Spencer Butler 123
(At) Hilton Head 1, Myrtle Beach 0: The Seahawks came up short in the Lower State finals.
It was a bittersweet finish for a Myrtle Beach squad that progressed but came short of the grand prize. The Seahawks made it one step further in the playoffs than a year ago.
“Last year we didn’t make it past the third roudn,” Myrtle Beach coach Blair Mueller said. “We had a really good year.”
The Seahawks lose seven seniors but hope to build off the recent success.
“I think that I have a lot of younger players that will step up and they will remember how it felt to be this far and use this experience to grow,” Mueller said.
▪ (At) Johnsonville 3, Aynor 2 (10) | Karlee Smith made sure the Blue Jackets would not repeat as state champions.
The Flashes standout drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th to knock Aynor out of the Lower State tournament.
“We did a lot of good things this season,” Blue Jackets coach Tony Mills said. “We’ve got a lot of young kids who got some valuable playing time this season. We’re excited about next year. We’re disappointed tonight, but you have to give Johnsonville credit. They played a great game and made one more play than we did tonight.”
Savannah Young edged Layna Johnson in a pitcher’s duel that saw both go the distance. Young struck out eight while Johnson fanned seven.
Nonetheless, the Blue Jackets hope to build on back-to-back seasons in which the club advanced to at least the Lower State tournament.
“We think the future of Aynor softball is very bright,” Mills said.
▪ W: Savannah Young. L: Layna Johnson. Top hitters: Aynor: Hannah Paige 2-4. Johnsonville: Jada Parsons 3-4; Karlee Smith 2-3.
▪ Records: 16-4.