Baseball: Panthers survive; Seahawks’ playoff run ends

cfbase-jumpCarolina Forest is starting to make a habit out of beating region rival Sumter, and the Panthers’ latest victory over the Gamecocks has landed them in the Class 4A Lower State baseball tournament final.

Carolina Forest captured a 5-0 victory over visiting Sumter, which the Panthers defeated for only the first time in the region finale and the second time in program history in the first round of the Lower State tournament last Saturday.

The Panthers made it three straight over the Gamecocks Wednesday night with thanks to a big night on the mound and at the plate by Jakob Frishmuth. He pitched a complete game two-hitter and drove in a pair of runs to lead Carolina Forest to its fifth playoff win in its last six.

The Panthers broke open a scoreless tie in the third, capped by a two-RBI double by Frishmuth to make it a 4-0 lead. Carolina Forest added an insurance run in the sixth to eliminate the Gamecocks and set up a rematch with Wando.

Carolina Forest must sweep a doubleheader Friday against the Warriors, who handed the Panthers their only loss of the postseason on Monday. The winner advances to the Class 4A state championship series.

* Hartsville 3, Myrtle Beach 1: The Seahawks’ surprising run to the Class 3A Lower State baseball tournament came to an end with a loss to the visiting Red Foxes.

Myrtle Beach, which won both the Region 7-3A title and the District 7 championship in dramatic fashion, finally ran out of magic against Hartsville.

The Seahawks broke a scoreless tie in the third as Michael Calamari’s RBI single brought Shane Faulk for a 1-0 lead. In the fifth, an error allowed the Red Foxes to tie it and an RBI gave Hartsville the lead for good. They added an insurance run in the seventh and the Seahawks failed to rally like they had so many times this season.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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