Murrells Inlet sweeps soggy playoff series with Cheraw

Murrells Inlet Post 178 outwaited Mother Nature and Cheraw to sweep its first-round series of the American Legion baseball playoffs on Friday.

After enduring rainouts on Tuesday and Wednesday, visiting Murrells Inlet took a 9-6 victory over Cheraw in Game 2 on Thursday and carried a lead from a suspended Game 3 into Friday, holding on for an 11-6 victory to clinch the best-of-five series.

Post 178’s Billy Ferguson pitched eight strong inning to get the win in Game 2, allowing only three hits while striking out 10 batters. Carl Buddin picked up the save for MI pitching the 9th.

Roddy Cross went 2-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs, Hugh Benton went 3-for-5 with a run scored, Ferguson helped his own cause by going 2-for-6 with a run scored and Manny Berdayes went 1-for-2 with two runs scored.

Carlos Fernandez started Game 3 but was interrupted when the nightcap of the doubleheader was suspended after 4 1/3 innings with Murrells Inlet holding a 4-1 lead.

Cheraw rallied to take a 5-4 lead, but TJ Wilkie helped Post 178 recapture the lead for good with a two-run homer. Murrells Inlet added five runs in the ninth to put the game away.

Post 178 advances to the second round of the playoffs against West Columbia next week.

Photo by Owens Designs

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