Murrells Inlet steals second by sweeping Georgetown

Murrells Inlet Post 178 swept a doubleheader from Georgetown on Wednesday to take sole possession of second place in its American Legion baseball region.

Post 178 scored a 2-1 victory in a pitchers’ duel before breaking out for a 7-2 win in the nightcap to improve to 8-4 on the season. Only Florence is ahead in the standings with one week left until the start of the playoffs.

Murrells Inlet’s Roddy Cross and Georgetown’s Patrick Ward each pitched seven solid innings in the opener but neither factored in the decision, departing with the game tied at 1-all. Cross allowed five hits and struck out eight, while Ward gave up four hits and struck out 10.

Murrells Inlet’s Carlos Fernandez relieved Cross in the eighth and allowed just one infield hit before retiring Georgetown for the win. Charlie Nicholson, who drove in Murrells Inlet’s only run with a double earlier in the game, also had a hand in the game-winner.

Nicholson connected for a one-out single before giving way to pinch-runner Jared Landry, who advanced to third on a base hit up the middle by Manny Berdayes. Billy Pippin walked to load the bases and Joey Troiano ripped a 1-0 pitch to centerfield to score Landry with a walk-off sac fly.

In the second game, Billy Ferguson pitched 5 1/3 innings before surrendering to the only hit of the night for Georgetown in earning the win.  Ferguson gave up two earned runs while striking out 11, and Carl Buddin relieved Ferguson and pitched 1 2/3 perfect innings wit two strikeouts.

Offensively for Murrells Inlet, Preston Lane went 3-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base and four runs scored. Ferguson helped his own cause by going 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored, Troiano got another big hit with two RBIs, and Berdayes and Carl Buddin had an RBI single apiece.

Photo by Owens Designs

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