IP Classic Roundup: Tigers, Sharks suffer first losses

The St. James baseball team’s bats finally fell silent and Conway’s pitching finally ran out of gas in Saturday’s third round of the IP Classic at Georgetown’s Mike Johnson Park.

The Sharks (2-1), who had scored 10 runs in each of the first two games, were nearly shutout in a 5-1 loss to AC Flora. The Tigers (2-1), who had allowed only one run per game in their first two outings, suffered a 14-3 battering at the hands of Mauldin.

Conway started the day in a deep hole after allowing six runs in the first inning and two in each of the next two innings for a 10-3 deficit. Mauldin added four more in the fourth to enact the mercy rule in the fifth inning. Grant Holmes drove in all three runs for the Tigers.

St. James got 5 2/3 solid innings from Dillon LeDuc but he got little offensive support and departed with a 5-0 deficit. Caleb Duggan got two of the Sharks’ four hits and Zach Sanders drove in the lone run in the fifth, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Falcons.

The Sharks and Tigers will close out the tournament Saturday night or Sunday afternoon, depending on the final pairings.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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