Baseball: Sharks win Battle of 707; Panthers in IP finals

sjbase-socslideThe St. James High baseball team came ready to play in the Battle of Highway 707 on Friday, scoring seven unanswered runs to open the game and holding off a late comeback bid by host Socastee 7-5.

The Sharks scored one run in each of the first two frames and erupted for five runs in the third to build a big advantage in the Battle of Highway 707 series.

St. James’ Liam Bloom ripped a two-run home run and Jordan Fields and Anthony Peck had two hits and an RBI apiece. Peck also got it done on the mound, scattering five hits over 5 1/3 innings with six strikeouts and one walk.

Socastee scored one run in the fifth to avoid the shutout, then posted two runs in the sixth and seventh to make things interesting before reliever Cam Dean slammed the door shut. Socastee’s Kevin Fries went 2-for-2 and Fox Wergner drove in two runs.

* Carolina Forest 4, JL Mann 3: Carolina Forest rallied for a victory over JL Mann in the IP Classic on Saturday to advance to Sunday’s championship game of the prestigious Georgetown tournament.

The Panthers trailed 3-2 before managing to tie it up in the fourth inning. In the fifth, Hunter Baiden singled up the middle with two outs to drive in the game-winning run.

Carolina Forest pitcher Bryar Johnson got the win and Patrick Orlando came in to close things out for the save. The Panthers also got offensive support from Dylan Roberts (2-2, two doubles, RBI) and Caleb Lindaberry (1-2, two RBIs).

After falling to Summerville 4-1 in the opener of pool play, the Panthers rebounded to pound Greenville 10-1 on Friday and edge JL Mann on Saturday to reach the final. The Panthers play Gilbert in the championship game at 3 p.m. Sunday at Mike Johnson Park.

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