Carolina Forest runs out of magic in Lower State final

cfbase-21The Carolina Forest High baseball team’s impressive run in the Class 4A playoffs came to an end Friday night with a 2-0 loss at Wando in the final game of the Lower State tournament.

The Panthers (21-11) got another outstanding pitching performance to give themselves a chance. Andrew Brong pitched a complete-game three-hitter but couldn’t get enough offensive support to earn the win.

Wando’s Harrison Smith threw a four-hit shutout and struck out nine Panthers. Wando’s Owen Ravenel doubled in a run and later scored in the second inning to account for all the scoring.

Carolina Forest had opportunities to make a rally. Dylan Roberts was thrown out at home on a close play in the fourth, and the Panthers had runners on first and third with one out in the sixth inning but were held scoreless on a nice defensive play by third baseman Jack DeLongchamps.

Carolina Forest made a deep run by getting hot on the mound just in time for the playoffs. The Panthers won five postseason games and allowed only four runs in the wins. Their only two defeats came to Wando, who totaled only four combined runs.

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