Baseball: Sharks battle for first region win of season

sjbase-helmethigh5The St. James High baseball team rallied from an early 4-0 deficit to claim its first Region 7-4A win of the season at Shark Park on Thursday, defeating Marlboro County 9-6.

The Bulldogs rattled the bats for four runs in the first inning, but the Sharks answered back with four runs of their own in the bottom of the frame. Marlboro County led 6-4 entering the bottom of the fifth, but St. James again responded with a pair of runs to tie it.

St. James took its first lead of the game with three runs in the sixth inning, and relief pitcher Anthony Peck, who came on in the second inning after the early barrage, held the Bulldogs scoreless in the seventh to get the win.

Both teams finished with seven hits but the Sharks cashed in on four Bulldog errors. Cole Prosser went 2-for-3 with an RBI to lead St. James at the dish, and Maddy Hammons had a two-RBI single.

* North Myrtle Beach 9, Wilson 0: Cole Gasque pitched a two-hitter and got plenty of help from his offense in a shutout of the Tigers.

Colin Cordera, Dylan Doolittle, Taylor Houia, Craig Matta and Dalton Simpson all had multiple-hit games for the Chiefs.

* Carolina Forest 7, Socastee 2: The Panthers continued their recent string of dominance over local teams with a victory over the home-standing Braves.

Mike Foltz allowed only two hits and struck out 10 batters, and Caleb Vaught got the save working the final two innings.

Christian Maggio (2-for-4) and Max Ryerson (3-for-4) had back-to-back homers in the third inning to break the game open. Chase Hughes and Nolan Edwards were both 2-for-3, and Josh Fultz was 1-for-2 with a double.

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