Baseball: Carolina Forest backs up its No. 1 ranking

cfbase-20Shortly after learning it had been awarded the honor as the state’s top-ranked team in Class 4A, the Carolina Forest baseball team went out and played like it.

Carolina Forest pitcher Bryar Johnson showed why he was heavily recruited to play baseball at the next level just a couple of miles away on Highway 501 on Thursday. The senior Coastal Carolina commitment pitched six innings of shutout baseball, allowing only one hit while striking out six in a 5-0 victory over visiting St. James.

Johnson did walk three batters but the Panthers defense helped hold them at bay. The Sharks, however, walked nine batters and committed two errors to harm St. James starter Tony Norcia’s chances. Cam Dean collected the Sharks’ only hit.

Carolina Forest (5-2) scored two runs in each of the first two innings and cruised the rest of the way. Hunter Baiden went 1-for-2 with a home run, and Patrick Orlando went 1-for-2 with an RBI.

* North Myrtle Beach 13, Wilson 0: The Chiefs used a seven-run explosion in the fifth inning to knock out the Tigers via the mercy rule.

Mathew McGhee racked up two RBIs on three hits for the Chiefs. He singled in the first, second, and third innings.

Wilson couldn’t get anything going as long as Dalton Simpson was on the bump. Wilson managed just three hits off of Simpson, who allowed no earned runs, walked one and struck out four during his four innings of work.

The Chiefs easily handled Wilson pitching as six hitters combined for 10 hits, nine RBIs and 10 runs scored.

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