Coach Danny Morgan’s Bluffton Waves team closed out its 11U campaign with a runner-up finish at the USSSA Back To School Madness baseball tournament over the weekend in Walterboro.
The Waves went 1-1 in pool play but knocked off No. 2 seed Berkeley Baseball Club in the semifinals before falling to Carolina Reds in the championship game.
The weekend got off to a rough start for the Waves with a 10-6 loss to the Orangeburg River Hawks, as Bluffton fell behind early and couldn’t recover. Brody Mayles had two hits and two RBIs to lead the offense.
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The Waves bounced back to salvage pool play with a 3-2 win over the Islanders, as Logan Cotter drove in the winning run with a walk-off single in the fifth. Cotter also threw three innings of two-hit ball before handing the ball off to Eli Morgan, who allowed one run and two hits over two frames to earn the win. Wyatt Latham gave the Waves a 2-1 lead with a solo blast in the fourth, but the Islanders tied it in the top of the fifth before Cotter’s heroics.
Bluffton kept the momentum going into bracket play, beating Berkeley 6-1 behind a dominant pitching performance. Tucker Nelson allowed just one run and one hit over four innings to earn the win, and Kollin Sanchez struck out three in two perfect frames to nail down the save. Latham hit his second bomb of the weekend to lead the offense.
Cotter kept swinging a hot bat in the championship, going 2-for-2 in the leadoff spot, and Nelson hit his first career home run, but the Reds erupted for seven runs in the second and the Waves couldn’t come back.
Morgan’s squad will make the move to 12U in two weeks at Shipyard Park.
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