Baseball: MB, NMB falter; Stoneking’s 12 Ks lead SJ

mbbase-swingUnder normal circumstances, Myrtle Beach High senior pitcher Michael Calamari’s performance would have been good enough for a win. Unfortunately for the Seahawks, Gilbert counterpart Boyce Kobleur was even better, shutting out Myrtle Beach and sending it to elimination from the Class 3A playoffs.

Calamari scattered five hits over six innings, struck out three batters and walked only one to give the Seahawks ample opportunity to keep their season alive. But Kobleur allowed only four hits over seven frames, struck out five and walked one to earn the shutout victory.

Myrtle Beach’s Jackson Thomas accounted for half of the Seahawks’ hits, but they were unable to push across a run. Gilbert scored in the second, fourth and fifth innings, and it proved to be more than enough to advance to the district finals.

* St. James 5, Aiken 0: The Sharks got a masterful performance from starting pitcher Grayson Stoneking to shut out the visiting Hornets and advance to the district finals.

Stoneking struck out 12 batters and allowed only four hits to hold the Hornets at bay for most of the day in a complete game victory. He also had an RBI single in the first inning to plate what proved to be the winning run. Parker Rabon also drove in a run and the Sharks capitalized on three errors by the Hornets.

St. James now awaits the winner of Wednesday’s elimination game between Aiken and Hanahan. The Sharks need only one win in two tries Friday to advance to the Class 3A Lower State tournament.

* Berkeley 3, North Myrtle Beach 0: The Chiefs suffered a tough loss to the Stags in the district winners’ bracket game despite a solid outing by starting pitcher Dylan Doolittle.

Doolittle allowed only four hits in five innings of work but Berkeley counterpart Josh Winningham had even more success on the mound, allowing four hits and striking out three to keep the Chiefs at bay.

North Myrtle Beach will play host to Midland Valley on Wednesday in an elimination game.

Photo by Prep Stars Media

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