Baseball: Tigers top Wave; NMB pounds Hilton Head

The Conway High baseball team pulled a big road upset in the first round of the SCHSL Class 5A district playoffs Wednesday by knocking off Summerville 3-2.

Trailing 2-1 in the sixth inning, the Tigers proved more than worthy of their at-large postseason bid by rallying past the top-seeded Green Wave to take the late lead.

Conway’s Seth Skipper two-out single scored Will Smith and Jordan Hilburn for the game-tying and eventual game-winning runs. Smith got the win on the mound.

The Tigers travel to Dutch Fork for Thursday’s winners’ bracket showdown. All district tournaments are double-elimination.

* North Myrtle Beach 10, Hilton Head 3: Thew second-seeded Chiefs hammered their way through the opening round of district play, blasting the visiting Seahawks to advance to the winners’ bracket.

The Chiefs (20-5) stormed out to an early 5-0 lead but saw the Seahawks climb back in it. Leading 6-3 in the sixth, the Chiefs tacked on four insurance runs to pull away for good.

The Chiefs travel to top-seeded Chapin on Thursday.

* St. James 10, Berkeley 0: The top-seeded Sharks (22-4) carried their impressive play over into the postseason Wednesday with a shutout victory over the visiting Stags.

Nick Bray picked up the shutout victory on the mound and he got lots of support from his offense. Trystan Freeman had three hits and four RBIs, and Cam Dean and Ethan Salak had two hits apiece.

St. James advances to the winners’ bracket to face Dreher at Shark Park on Thursday.

* Dutch Fork 3, Carolina Forest 0: The Panthers were shut out in the first round of district play. They travel to Summerville on Thursday for an elimination game.

* Beaufort 3, Myrtle Beach 1: The Seahawks suffered a tough loss on the road Tuesday. They play at home against Lower Richland in an elimination game on Thursday.

Photo by Louis E. Keiner

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