Carolina Forest takes bats, broom to South Florence

The Carolina Forest High baseball team rallied for a 2-1 victory over South Florence on Tuesday night to remain in the hunt for the region crown.

The visiting Panthers (6-4 overall, 2-2 Region VI-AAAA) rebounded from last week’s region loss to rival Conway with a big victory over the Bruins.

Carolina Forest struck first in the first inning when Robert Jolly smacked an RBI single to score Chris Orlando for an early 1-0 lead.

With the score tied at 1-all with two outs in the top of the fifth inning, Carolina Forest’s Ryan Flynn ripped a triple down the line and later scored on┬áCameron Cauble’s RBI single for the go-ahead run.

It proved to be the game-winner as Panthers starting pitcher Erich Knab remained on cruise control. He struck out 10 batters on the night to nail down the victory.

Carolina Forest suffered region losses to Sumter and Conway early in the season, putting the Panthers in catch-up mode for the remainder of the region race.

Carolina Forest takes a break from region play on Thursday when Socastee pays a visit for a 6 p.m. contest.

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The No. 4-ranked Lady Panthers (8-0 overall, 5-0 region) remained undefeated on the season with a decisive victory over No. 5 South Florence on Tuesday.

Photo by Chuck Silvey

Carolina Forest’s Sara Sweatt went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Marisa Runyon went 2-for-4 with one RBI to lead the Lady Panthers’ 11-hit outburst, while Emily Merriam allowed seven hits but only one run in earning the win.

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