May River pitchers combined for 11 strikeouts and took a no-hitter into extra innings in a scoreless tie before falling 2-0 in eight innings to visiting James Island in a Region 7-4A baseball thriller Monday night.
Darin Horn struck out six and worked around five walks in five no-hit innings, and Bennett Roemer struck out five over three innings of relief, preserving the no-no and the tied score until the eighth.
After shutting down the Trojans in his first two innings of relief work, Roemer issued a leadoff walk in the eighth to Tanner Beckley, who moved up on a passed ball and scored the game’s first run on James Island’s first hit — a Chase Worrill double to left. Worrill later scored on Ayrton Leichner’s double, and the Trojans closed it out with a 1-2-3 bottom half.
The Sharks had multiple runners aboard four times but couldn’t convert. Their best chance came in the fourth, when James Layman delivered a two-out single to right but Leichner gunned down Eli Minton at the plate to preserve the scoreless tie. May River threatened again in the sixth with a pair of walks, but Owen French struck out Danny Farrell to leave two on base and the leadoff man Layman waiting in the on-deck circle.
James Island starter Stephen West allowed one hit and worked around seven walks over four innings before giving way to French, who piled up seven strikeouts and walked two in his three innings of work to earn the win. Grayson Bennett struck out one in a perfect eighth for the save.
Layman’s fourth-inning single was the only hit for the Sharks. Riley Stokes walked three times, and Cole Boyles drew a pair of free passes.
The Sharks (2-3, 0-1) travel to James Island (2-1-1, 1-0) for the final game of the set at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
By Justin Jarrett