Baseball: Panthers, Tigers, Braves drop region debuts

cfbase-7This is not the Region 6-5A opener the Carolina Forest baseball team had in mind.

With high hopes of a new season under first-year coach Joey Worley, the Panthers were pounded by visiting West Florence 18-3 on Friday night.

The excitement ended almost as quickly as it began as the Knights struck for seven runs in the top of the first inning.

Carolina Forest fell behind 10-0 before finally getting on the scoreboard, but it was too little too late for the Panthers.

* South Florence 13, Conway 6: The Tigers suffered a road loss in their Region 6-5A opener to the undefeated Bruins.

Trailing only 8-5 in the sixth inning, Conway gave up a three-run homer to Jameson Purvis to break the game wide open. The Tigers couldn’t respond against South Florence closer Austin Blakely.

* Aynor 10, Myrtle Beach 4: The Blue Jackets snapped the Seahawks’ four-game winning streak and avenged a loss to Myrtle Beach in last week’s Baseball at the Beach tournament with a big road win.

Clinging to a 2-1 lead through four innings, the Jackets erupted for six runs in the fifth to seize control of the game.

* Sumter 10, Socastee 1: The Braves suffered their third loss in as many days and fell to the Gamecocks in their Region 6-5A opener.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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