Baseball: Sharks blast MB; Tigers, Smith down Braves

After capturing the Mingo Bay Classic title over spring break, the No. 2-ranked St. James baseball team took a big step toward locking up the Region 7-4A title with a 10-6 victory over visiting Myrtle Beach on Tuesday night.

The Sharks (16-3 overall, 5-1 region) struck for seven total runs in the second and third innings and cruised the rest of the way to avenge their lone region loss of the season to the Seahawks (7-2, 4-2), who are tied with North Myrtle Beach for second.

* Conway 8, Socastee 0: Conway pitcher Will Smith struck out 10 batters en route to a complete-game shutout over the visiting Braves.

Smith allowed only four hits and got lots of help from his offense and a struggling Braves defense, which committed five errors to none for the Tigers.

Smith also drove in a run, and teammates Jordan Hilburn and Austin Cartrette had two hits apiece for the Tigers. Hunter Haddock had a game-high three hits for the Braves.

* South Florence 6, Carolina Forest 3: The Panthers lost a key region game on the road to the Bruins by commiting five errors to none for the home team.

Carolina Forest junior Mike Foltz started on the mound for the Panthers, lasting four innings and allowing only one earned run. Sophomore Asher Sanboeuf came in relief the final two innings, allowing only one earned run, but the Panthers gave up four unearned runs in the game.

The Carolina Forest offense was were paced by senior Max Ryerson, who had two home runs and drove in all three runs for the Panthers. Junior Chase Hughes was 2-for-4 with a double, and sophomore Nolan Edwards added a hit.

The Panthers are back in action Wednesday at home vs. North Myrtle Beach at 6:30 p.m., and Friday at home vs. Socastee.

Photo by Chuck Silvey

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