Baseball: SJ rallies for win; CF claims tourney opener

sjbase-20The St. James High baseball team rallied for a 4-3 walk-off win against Spanish Fort (AL) in Thursday’s round of the Mingo Bay Baseball Classic to stay in the hunt for the overall title.

Trailing 3-1 through 5 1/2 innings, the Sharks scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie it up and added the game-winner in the seventh for the walk-off win.

St. James starter Anthony Peck went five innings on the mound and also drove in a pair of runs. Grayson Stoneking went 2 for 2, picking up half the Sharks’ four hits and delivering a double. Tony Norcia got the win in two innings of relief.

In other local action, Socastee had a breakout game for a 12-0 win over Logan (WV). Conway also put up a dozen runs in a 12-2 victory over Martinsburg (WV). Myrtle Beach suffered a 4-3 defeat to Kaneland (IL), and North Myrtle Beach took a 4-2 loss to Cuthbertson (NC). Pool play continues Friday.

* Carolina Forest 5, Lexington 3: The No. 1-ranked Panthers won their opener of the South Carolina Diamond Invitational over Lexington thanks to a solid pitching effort.

Jakob Frishmuth pitched six solid strong innings and Dylan Roberts came on in relief in the seventh with two on and no outs to get the Panthers out of the jam and earn the save.

Offensively, Jared Lembcke, Caleb Lindaberry and Hunter Baiden came up with big two-out hits to drive in runs. Patrick Orlando and Caleb Lindaberry went 2-for-3, Lembcke and Hunter Baiden delivered two-RBI doubles.

Photo courtesy of SJHS Athletics

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