Murrells Inlet struck for six runs in the first inning and nine runs in the seventh en route to an 18-8 win to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-5 playoff series.
Charlie Nicholson led Post 178 at the plate by going 3-for-3 with three runs scored, two RBIs and a towering home run to cap Murrells Inlet’s six-run first inning explosion.
Murrells Inlet’s Carl Buddin (3-5, 2 doubles, 2 runs, 2 RBIs) and Billy Ferguson (3-6, 3 runs, 2 RBIs) also had three hits, while Manny Berdayes (2-5, 2 runs, 2 rbis, double) and Trey Merritt (2-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, triple) had two apiece.
Post 178 starter Roddy Cross exited in the fourth after Cheraw cut the lead to 9-7, and reliever Joey Troiano allowed a run in the sixth to make it a one-run game. Reliever Carlos Fernendez took over with the bases loaded and got the final two outs unscathed.
Fernandez pitched a perfect seventh to keep it a 9-8 lead for Post 178, which then erupted for nine runs in the bottom of the frame to activate the mercy rule. The two teams play again at 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. James and 7 p.m. Wednesday night in Cheraw.
- Photos by Owens Designs