Hilton Head High baseball couldn’t recover from a slow start at home Wednesday, falling to James Island 9-6 in a rainy affair.
The visiting Trojans struck with four runs in the top of the first inning and tacked on another two in the fourth to go up 6-0 before the game was suspended due to inclement weather. Both squads traded a run each after the restart, and the Seahawks continued their strong fight in the bottom of the fifth, cutting the margin to 7-3 thanks to a walk, a pair of hits, and an error.
The two teams went quietly in the sixth, but the Trojans added on to their lead in the top of the seventh with two more on an error and sacrifice fly. Hilton Head never quit and rallied for two runs on the strength of a Daniel Keber RBI double and Ethan Russo run-scoring single to make it a 9-5 game with the tying run coming to the plate. Kyle Markowitz grounded into a fielder’s choice to score another run, but the home squad’s hopes ended on an ensuing flyout to give James Island the win and the two-game series sweep.
Keber led the way at the dish for the Seahawks, going 2-for-4 with a double and RBI. Connor Gardner kept his squad alive down the stretch with two strong innings on the mound allowing just one earned run and racking up two strikeouts.
McAndrew Mangan and Stephen West each had two hits, and Keillor Osbon drove in two runs for the Trojans. Clemson signee Hogan Garner earned the win with 3 1-3 strong innings, striking out four and allowing one unearned run and two hits.
Hilton Head (7-6, 4-2) looks to bounce back from a two-game skid on Friday with a home contest against Phillip Simmons.
By Wes Kerr