May River ace Darin Horn gave up a leadoff double Friday at Hilton Head High — and then he went to work.
The Coastal Carolina commit delivered another lights-out performance on the pitching mound Friday with a whopping 16 strikeouts, and May River baseball blanked Hilton Head High on the road 4-0 for a crucial Region 7-4A win.
It was a terrific battle between Horn and Seahawk starter Juju Mlodzinksi for the first three innings as the two stars combined for just three hits allowed. But the Sharks broke the stalemate in the top of the fourth with a bases-loaded walk and wild pitch to grab a 2-0 lead before extending the advantage with a Walker Taylor sacrifice fly in the fifth. Horn continued to mow down the Hilton Head lineup, and the Sharks added one more in the seventh on a Luke Holland sac fly and shut down the ‘Hawks in the bottom half thanks to Horn and Riley Stokes.
It was a dazzling day for the senior standout, as Horn dominated the hosts from start to the finish allowing just two hits and a walk while racking up a ridiculous 16 strikeouts, including 11 straight after a leadoff double from Tate Miller to start the game.
Taylor led the victorious Sharks at the plate, going 1-for-2 with an RBI. Mlodzinski displayed a tremendous effort on the bump for Hilton Head High, striking out seven in 3 2-3 innings while allowing just a single earned run.
The teams will meet again April 23 at May River.
The Sharks (7-6, 4-3) play a home-and-home series with Woodland beginning with a road trip Tuesday and concluding Friday at The Tank. The Seahawks (8-9, 4-5) travels to Hanahan on Monday.
By Wes Kerr