Baseball: St. James’ Revis, NMB’s Wilkie come to rescue

The top-seeded St. James baseball team got more than it bargained for in Friday’s first-round playoff game against No. 4-seeded Marlboro County at Shark Park.

Trailing 1-0 entering the sixth inning, the Sharks (18-5) rallied for three runs in the frame to overtake the stingy Bulldogs to advance to the winners’ bracket of the district playoffs.

St. James’ Trent Revis ripped a two-RBI double to plate the tying and go-ahead runs, then Anders DeShields drove him home to give the Sharks some breathing room for the first time in the game. Caleb Duggan went 2-for-3 to lead the Sharks’ six-hit effort.

St. James pitcher Dillon LeDuc went the distance and closed out the Bulldogs in the seventh to secure the win. He allowed only four hits but gave up the Bulldogs’ lone run in the fifth. Final score, St. James 3, Marlboro County 1.

The Sharks will play host to the winner of Friday night’s game between Hilton Head and Brookland-Cayce on Monday.

* North Myrtle Beach 4, Hartsville 2: TJ Wilkie pitched a complete game two-hitter to lead the No. 4-seeded Chiefs to an upset victory over the top-seeded Falcons.

The Chiefs will travel to the winner of Friday night’s game between Gilbert and James Island for Monday’s second-round game.

* Manning 5, Myrtle Beach 2: The third-seeded Seahawks were handcuffed by Monarchs ace Justin McArthur, who pitched a complete-game five hitter and struck out five batters.

Myrtle Beach’s Brandon Dorsey went 2-for-3 to lead the Seahawks and also pitched six innings, allowing 10 hits while striking out seven. He was roughed up for four runs in the third inning to take the loss.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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