Tigers, Sharks off to perfect starts in IP Baseball Classic

Two Grand Strand baseball teams are making a strong showing in the prestigious International Paper Classic in Georgetown this weekend.

Both St. James and Conway are off to 2-0 starts in pool play following wins on Thursday and Friday. Conway faces Mauldin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday followed by St. James vs. AC Flora at 11 a.m. with a chance to advance to Sunday’s championship game.

The Sharks (2-0) scored 10 runs for the second consecutive game to start the season, downing tournament host Georgetown 10-7 in Thursday’s season opener and rallying past Greenville for a 10-5 victory on Friday.

The Sharks struck for six runs in the sixth inning to break open a see-saw affair. Caleb Duggan, Carter Brakefield and Trevor Revis had two hits apiece and Dillon LeDuc drove in three runs to lead the Sharks past Greenville. St. James senior Anders DeShields pitched four innings, striking out four to earn the win.

Conway has relied more on its arms to climb to the top of its pool. The Tigers (2-0) got five shutout innings from junior Grant Holmes and a 3-for-4, four-RBI night from GK Young in Thursday’s 8-1 victory over Wando in their season opener, and Jordan Gore pitched a complete-game five hitters in a 4-1 win over Lexington on Friday.

Photo by Chuck Silvey

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