Baseball: Sharks, Panthers continue late-season surge

sjbase-helmethigh5The St. James “Cardiac Sharks” were at it again Wednesday, rallying to knock off host Socastee 9-7 in the baseball installment of the Battle of Highway 707 rivalry.

The first two innings saw an offensive flurry that left the score tied at 6-all, and the Braves took a 7-6 lead in the third before relief pitchers took control of the game.

St. James reliever Maddy Hammonds struck out five batters and gave up only one hit over the final 2 2/3 innings, and he picked up the win after the Sharks erupted for three runs in the seventh.

St. James was led by Parker Rabon (3-for-4, RBI, run scored), Cole Prosser (2-for-3, RBI, run scored) and Harrison Scott (2-for-3, two RBIs, run scored).

Socastee’s Jordan Bridges took the loss in relief. Hunter Illing led the Braves by going 2-for-4 with three RBIs.

The Sharks have won seven of their last eight games and await their fate for entry to the Class 4A playoffs.

* Carolina Forest 6, North Myrtle Beach 5: The Panthers worked extra innings before taking down the Chiefs in the ninth.

Carolina Forest’s Blake Cox picked up the win in relief. Christian Maggio hit a two-run homer and Chase Hughes had a two-RBI single to lead the Panthers.

Photo by Prep Stars Media

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