Baseball: Panthers win all three phases to defeat MB

cfbase-7throwOn a night when two local high school baseball programs got the opportunity to experience the big time of playing at Coastal Carolina University’s Springs Brooks Stadium, they put on a college-worthy performance Wednesday.

Carolina Forest claimed a 4-2 victory over Myrtle Beach in a close contest from start to finish. Both teams scored runs in the third inning, and the Seahawks (6-3) scored again in the top of the fourth to take a 2-1 lead. But the Panthers (5-6) responded with the tying and go-ahead runs in the bottom of the frame and never trailed again.

Carolina Forest senior Caleb Vaught threw 3 2/3 strong innings, giving up both runs, and juniors Matt Schaefer and Austin Padgett came in to preserve the win.

Juniors Austin Minter, Josh Fultz and Max Ryerson had big games in the field as the Panthers had no errors to Myrtle Beach’s three. Minter and Fultz had five infield assists apiece while Ryerson gunned down a would-be Seahawk run at the plate in the second inning.

Ryerson also had a solo home run in the third inning as Carolina Forest outhit Myrtle Beach 8-5. Senior Christian Maggio was 2-for-2 with a double. Junior John Fredricks had the big two-out hit in the fourth inning to put the Panthers on top for good.

The Panthers play again Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Conway in a Region 6-5A game, while Myrtle Beach hosts Marlboro County in a Friday showdown for first place in Region 7-4A.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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