Baseball: No. 1 Panthers suffer rain-delayed defeat

cfbase-15swingThe No. 1-ranked Carolina Forest High baseball team lost a last-inning lead to suffer its second loss of the season Saturday in a rain-delayed semifinal of the South Carolina Diamond Invitational in Blythewood.

After Friday’s game was delayed until Saturday morning with the score deadlocked with JL Mann at 2-all in the fifth inning, Carolina Forest quickly scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the frame on an RBI single by Ryan Gold. But the Flash struck for two runs in the top of the seventh and held on for the 4-3 victory.

The Panthers fell behind 2-0 in the first inning Friday but battled back to tie it behind RBI singles from Jakob Frishmuth and Dylan Roberts. Following the lengthy rain delay, Carolina Forest (11-2) returned and pounded out three consecutive two-out hits to take its first lead of the game but couldn’t make it hold up.

* West Florence 8, St. James 5: Heavy rains put a damper on area baseball tournaments Friday, but it was a different type of drops that plagued St. James in a loss to West Florence.

As the only Grand Strand team to complete their game, the Sharks committed five errors and allowed three unearned runs against the visiting Knights.

West Florence jumped out to a 3-0 lead before the Sharks rallied to tie in the bottom of the third. But the Knights answered with two runs in the fourth, one in the fifth, and two more in the sixth to pull away from St. James.

Starting pitcher Cameron Dean scattered seven hits over five innings and allowed only one walk. But costly errors and a surrundered two-run home run to Jake Schwartz spoiled the effort. Manny Hammonds allowed two hits and struck out five in two innings of relief.

Dean went 2-for-4 to help his cause and Jordan Fields, Liam Bloom and Grayson Stoneking each had two-RBI singles for the Sharks.

Photo courtesy of SCDI

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