Panthers draw first blood in district tournament opener

cfbase-middledThe No. 1-ranked and top-seeded Carolina Forest baseball team wasted little time establishing itself as a front-runner for the Class 4A state championship by defeating Spring Valley 5-3 in Wednesday’s opening round of the SCHSL state playoffs.

The Panthers (19-5) erupted for three runs in the first inning to jump on top early and held on for the victory in the first round of the Class 4A District 8 tournament.

The Panthers got a two-run home run from Hunter Baiden, and Jakob Frishmuth drove in a run for a quick 3-0 lead. The Vikings cut the deficit to 3-2 but Carolina Forest added runs in the fourth and sixth to keep Spring Valley at bay.

The final run was driven in by Patrick Orlando, who relieved starting and winning pitcher Bryar Johnson on the mound to earn the save.

Carolina Forest advances to host Stratford in Saturday’s winner’s bracket of the double-elimination district tournament.

Softball

* Summerville 9, Conway 1: The Lady Tigers dropped into the elimination bracket with a road loss to the top-seeded Lady Green Wave.

Photo by Prep Stars Media

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