Cardiac Sharks strike again in 10-inning win over Foxes

sjbase-helmethigh5Just when you thought it was safe to face St. James in the state baseball playoffs … Cardiac Sharks II.

One year removed from a run the state championship series, the fourth-seeded St. James baseball team nearly missed the postseason all together this season. But the Sharks know what to do come playoff time, and they showed it by defeating top-seeded Hartsville 4-3 in 10 hard-fought innings.

Nick Bray pitched three scoreless innings to earn the win in relief of starter Anthony Peck, who allowed eight hits and recorded eight strikes in seven innings of work. Cam White and Maddy Hammonds each went 2-for-4 at the plate but the Sharks spread their 10 hits among eight different batters. Harrison Scott drove in the game-winning run in the 10th.

Just as St. James did several times in last year’s state final run, the Sharks rallied for two runs in the seventh inning to tie the game at 3-all and force extra innings. They mustered the go-ahead run in the 10th and Bray made it stand up in the bottom of the frame.

The road doesn’t get any easier for the Sharks, who get little time off before heading to Beaufort in Thursday’s winners bracket game. Not only did the Sharks lose a day of rest due to a Tuesday rainout, but they also used precious extra innings in the pitching staff. Then again, that’s why they’re called the Cardiac Sharks.

Photo by Prep Stars Media

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