Bennett Roemer struck out seven over 3 2-3 innings of relief and May River baseball rallied for four runs in the sixth to claim a thrilling 6-5 home win over Beaufort High that began on Wednesday and finished Thursday.
The game was tied at 2 in the fourth when play was suspended Wednesday night, but the Eagles used a bit of small ball to push across two runs in the fifth and tacked on another in the sixth to build a three-run lead.
The Sharks’ winning rally began when Caleb Allinder was hit by a pitch and Zack Morillo drew a walk ahead of Cole Boyles’ RBI double to center to make it 5-3. Stokes also wore one to load the bases with two outs, and Danny Farrell delivered a two-run single to right to tie it. The throw home skipped away from the catcher, allowing Stokes to sprint home with the go-ahead run.
That left it to to Roemer to finish it off, and he induced a groundout before striking out the final two hitters to seal a huge region win.
Riley Stokes kept the Sharks in the game before the delay, striking out six and limiting a potent Beaufort lineup to two runs and three hits over 3 1-3 innings. Roemer gave up three runs and five hits along with three walks, but his seven strikeouts — especially the last two — helped the Sharks hang on.
Morillo was on base three times for the Sharks, going 1-for-1 with two walks, a run, and an RBI. Farrell also drew a pair of walks to go with his clutch two-run single in the sixth, and Walker Taylor and Boyles each added a hit and an RBI.
Matt Bornsheuer was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, Zach Talbert went 2-for-3 and scored twice, and Rush Riley drove in three runs for the Eagles.
Beaufort starter Wes Graves limited the Sharks to two unearned runs on three hits with three strikeouts and a walk in three innings Wednesday, and Chase McKelvey pitched two scoreless frames to start things Thursday before May River erupted for four in the sixth.
May River (5-6, 3-3) hosts Battery Creek for a non-region matchup Wednesday for Senior Night.
Beaufort (4-5, 2-2) opens a key region series at Hilton Head High on Monday.