May River baseball opened its season by splitting four games at the Sandlapper Shootout in Gilbert.
The Sharks beat Northwestern twice and lost a pair of games to Class 4A powerhouse AC Flora. On Saturday, May River routed 17-5 in its opener Saturday, then dropped a 12-1 decision to Flora. The Sharks eked out a 9-7 win over the Trojans before losing 14-1 in the rematch with the Falcons.
James Layman led the Sharks at the plate all weekend, batting .545 and scoring seven runs. Bennett Roemer pitched 3 1-3 innings and struck out six over two relief appearances, posting a 2.10 ERA, and freshman catcher Caleb Allinder threw out four baserunners in 21 innings.
The Sharks (2-2) host James Island to open region play at 6:30 p.m. Monday.
May River 17, Northwestern 5
Riley Stokes earned the win in the first game, allowing five runs over four innings with five strikeouts. He benefited from a strong showing at the plate, as four Sharks had multiple hits. Darin Horn was 3-for-4 with a double, three runs, and two RBIs, Cole Boyles was 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs, and Luke Holland went 2-for-4 with four driven in.
Roemer pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings and was 1-for-3 with a double and three RBIs, and Layman went 2-for-4 with three runs and an RBI.
AC Flora 12, May River 1
The Sharks couldn’t keep the bats hot against the Falcons, who had two pitchers combine for seven strikeouts while allowing just three hits, two walks, and an unearned run.
Horn, Roemer, and Danny Farrell each had a hit for May River.
Boyles retired two hitters to get out of a jam in the third, and Walker Taylor worked a scoreless inning.
May River 9, Northwestern 7
The Coastal Carolina commit Horn worked around five walks over five innings, striking out four and allowed four unearned runs on just one hit to earn the win. Roemer pitched two innings in relief for the save, allowing three runs (one earned) and one hit while striking out four.
Layman set the tone from the leadoff spot, going 3-for-4 and scoring three runs, while Taylor was 2-for-4 with an RBI, Horn drove in two runs, and Farrell added an RBI double.
AC Flora 14, May River 1
May River had a bit more success at the plate in the rematch with the Falcons, but the Sharks still couldn’t manage to push across many runs.
Boyles and Noah Sanders each had a double, and Layman and Taylor added hits. Boyles drove in Layman for the only run of the game for May River.