Baseball: Sharks, Panthers rally for 1-run playoff wins

cfbase-thirdThe St. James High baseball team rallied for two runs in the seventh inning for a walk-off 4-3 victory over visiting Airport in Monday’s first round of the Class 3A Lower State tournament.

St. James Parker Rabon drive in Jordan Fields for the game-tying run and Anthony Peck singled in pinch-runner Harrison Scott to clinch the dramatic comeback. The Sharks were held to only five hits but made the most of them when it counted most.

St. James starting pitcher Grayson Stoneking allowed five hits over five innings and exited with the Eagles holding a 3-1 lead. Kolby Robtoy came on in relief for the final two shutout innings, allowing two hits but striking out three.

The Sharks advance to the winners’ bracket and will host the winner of Monday’s Berkeley-Hilton Head Island game on Wednesday.

* Carolina Forest 7, Summerville 6: The Panthers won a see-saw battle with the visiting Green Wave to advance to the finals of the Class 4A Lower State tournament.

Trailing 4-2 midway through the third inning, the No. 1-ranked Panthers scored one in the third, the tying run in the fourth, then erupted for three runs in the decisive fifth inning to complete the comeback.

Carolina Forest’s Hunter Baiden drove in a pair of runs, including the tying RBI in the fifth. Caleb Lindaberry followed by knocking home the go-ahead run. The Panther added a run on an error that proved to be the game-winner.

Carolina Forest starter Jared Lembcke left after 2 and 2/3 innings and Patrick Orlando came on in relief to close out the game and earn the win.

The Panthers await the winner of Wednesday’s Summerville-White Knoll winner needing only one more win in two tries to reach the Class 4A state championship series.

Photo by Prep Stars Media

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