HS BSB: THA rallies late to spoil Crosby’s gem, stun HHCA

After being shut out for six innings, Thomas Heyward Academy baseball rallied for three runs in the seventh to stay alive and escape with a 4-3 win in eight innings Tuesday against Hilton Head Christian Academy.

HHCA’s James Crosby blanked the Rebels for six frames, but a pair of hit-by-pitches followed by back-to-back singles and a costly error allowed THA to tie it in the seventh and win it in the eighth on Dylan Boyles’ RBI single. 

Wise matched zeroes with Crosby for three innings and racked up eight strikeouts over 4 2-3 frames, allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits with three walks. Peyton Bennett earned the win with 2 1-3 innings of scoreless relief, striking out three.

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The Eagles broke the scoreless draw in the fourth, when Jace Blackshear doubled with one out, swiped third, and scored when the throw got away for a 1-0 advantage. Camden Toomer led off the fifth with a double and scored on one of the Rebels’ four errors, and HHCA added another in the sixth when Blackshear drew a leadoff walk, stole second and third, and scored on another THA error.

It looked like that would be enough with Crosby cruising, but he ran out of gas in the seventh and hit Boyles and Jeremy Clemmer to start the inning before Nick Wise and John Hampton Hewlett delivered back-to-back singles and an HHCA error allowed Wise to plate the tying run.

Pinch-hitter Dylan Stuckey reached on an error to start the eighth for THA, then Zane Wilson reentered to run and swiped second to get into scoring position. He moved to third on a groundout and scored when Boyles came through with a single to center.

Crosby struck out six over seven innings, allowing three runs and four hits with one walk and two hit-by-pitches.

The Rebels (5-4, 4-2) host undefeated Hilton Head Prep on Thursday. 

The Eagles (1-7, 0-5) play a non-region game at St. Andrew’s on Friday.

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