St. James comes up short against B-HP in state finals

sjbase-dugoutThe bats that propelled the St. James High baseball team into the Class 3A state championship series fell silent in the finals again Monday night, ending the team’s impressive season in a 5-0 shutout to repeat state champion Belton-Honea Path.

Following a 1-0 loss to the Bears at home Monday, the Sharks hit the road Monday in hopes of forcing a decisive game 3. But that’s about all the Sharks hit as the Bears scored one run in the second and third innings and broke it open in the sixth.

After winning all three Lower State tournament games in dramatic, walk-off fashion, the Cardiac Sharks might have run out of magic against B-HP. But they also ran into a pair of buzz-saw pitchers in Griffin Jester and Blake Holliday.

Holliday struck out 14 batters and pitched a complete game one-hitter to clinch the title. Holliday also had a pair of hits for the Bears. He outdueled Grayson Stoneking, who allowed seven hits and two walks while striking out four in six frames.

The Sharks made their deepest playoff run since 2011, when St. James captured the Class 3A title. They captured region, district and Lower State titles en route to the state finals.

Photo by Prep Stars Media

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