After 13 scoreless innings against a daunting James Island pitching staff, May River baseball finally broke out to erase a six-run deficit and take a short-lived lead Wednesday, but it ended with another heartbreaking loss to the Trojans.
The Sharks rallied for seven runs in the sixth inning after being stymied all week by the Trojans’ talented arms, but James Island tied it in the bottom half and walked it off in the seventh for an 8-7 victory and a series sweep.
Clemson signee Hogan Garner dominated for five innings, striking out seven Sharks and surrendering just four hits, and the Trojans staked him to a 6-0 lead with two runs in each of the first two frames and a single tally each in the third and fourth.
The Sharks were happy to see someone else in the sixth, and they jumped at the opportunity. James Layman led off with a single, Bennett Roemer followed with a walk, and the wheel finally started spinning after a frustrating week at the plate. Layman scored on an error, Zack Morillo followed with a single, and Walker Taylor walked to load the bases. Darin Horn followed with an RBI single, and Luke Holland and Caleb Allinder delivered back-to-back two-run doubles to pull the Sharks even. Consecutive singles from Danny Farrell and Layman completed the comeback and gave May River a 7-6 advantage.
The Sharks let it slip away in the bottom half, as a leadoff walk and two errors loaded the bases with no outs, and Hayes Snow drew a walk to force home the tying run. Cole Boyles worked out of the jam masterfully with a ground ball to third and a pair of infield popups, preserving the tie.
May River could only muster a two-out single from Horn in the seventh, though, and James Island’s Ayrton Leichner drew a leadoff walk, moved up on a sacrifice bunt, and scored on Noah Brown’s walkoff double to give the Trojans another key Region 7-4A win.
Layman went 3-for-4 with an RBI, Horn was 2-for-4 with an RBI, and Farrell was 2-for-3. Holland and Allinder each drove in two with their clutch doubles in the sixth.
The Sharks (2-4, 0-2) host South Effingham on Saturday before traveling to crosstown rival Bluffton to open another region series Monday.
By Justin Jarrett