Seahawks sweep Aiken for district title, Lower State bid

mbbase-calamaripitchThe Myrtle Beach High boys baseball team needed a near-perfect day to defeat host Aiken in a doubleheader, claim the District 7 title and advance to the Class 3A Lower State tournament.

What the Seahawks got was a lot closer to total perfection as Myrtle Beach beat the Falcons in back-to-back games and punched their its ticket to the Lower State playoff series’ final four.

After losing their playoff opener to Aiken last week, the Seahawks won their third and fourth straight postseason games against the Falcons, 12-0 and 5-4,  to avenge the earlier loss and end their season.

Following dominating 12-0 mercy-rule win in the opener, the Seahawks continued the onslaught in the deciding game. Michael Calamari had an RBI single and scored on Andrew Morris’ RBI in the first inning for a quick lead. Myrtle Beach added a run in the second to make it a 4-0 lead.

But the Hawks finally got to Seahawks starter Brian Burford and scored four unanswered runs of their own in the fourth to level the score. Myrtle Beach got back on top in the fifth when Calamari was driven in by Morris, who was called out trying to stretch his gapper into a triple.

Still, it proved to be the game-winner as Myrtle Beach pieced together a strong team pitching effort. River Harmon and Cameron Bodge came on in relief to protect the lead and Praise Thorsen, pitching on two days’ rest after a complete game Wednesday, struck out the side in the seventh.

In the opener, the Seahawks rolled to a 12-0 mercy-rule victory thanks to another stellar pitching performance by Michael Calamari and an all-around offensive effort by his teammates.

The Seahawks scored three runs in the first, two in the second and three in the third to jump out to an 8-0 lead and cruise the rest of the way. Myrtle Beach scored four in the sixth to end it.

The Seahawks open the Lower State tournament at Gilbert on Monday.

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