May River baseball built an early lead with the help of a Darin Horn home run and held off visiting Battery Creek for a 5-2 win Wednesday on Senior Night in The Tank.
Horn got the scoring started with a solo shot in the first inning and added a sacrifice fly to cap the three-run fourth before runs became difficult to come by for both teams. Brice Minton’s RBI single and James Layman’s run-scoring double also contributed to the big second inning as the Sharks built a 4-0 lead.
The Dolphins clawed one back with an unearned run in the third, but they couldn’t muster much offense against May River’s pitching staff. Riley Stokes struck out three and walked two over two innings of one-hit ball, Horn took over for two innings and racked up five strikeouts while allowing an unearned run without a hit, and Cole Boyles finished off the last three innings, striking out three and allowing one run and three hits with three walks.
Danny Farrell’s sacrifice fly in the sixth extended the lead to 5-1, and although the Dolphins scored once in the seventh when Quade Mathews led off with a double and scored on a Hunter Hollingsworth grounder, the Sharks’ lead was never in serious jeopardy.
The Sharks (6-6) play a pivotal Region 7-4A game at Hilton Head High on Friday.
The Dolphins (3-3) are back in action Thursday at Wade Hampton.