Darin Horn did it again. The senior right-hander struck out 12 in a dominant three-hit shutout to outduel Daniel Keber and lead May River baseball to a 1-0 home win over Hilton Head High in a key Region 7-4A matchup Friday.
Two weeks after racking up 16 strikeouts in 6 2-3 innings against the Seahawks, Horn showed HHIHS more of the same in a surgical performance in the encore. He threw 61 of his 83 pitches for strikes and did not issue a walk.
Keber matched him for most of the night, striking out seven and allowing three hits and three walks. The Sharks finally broke through in the bottom of the fifth, when Riley Stokes drew a two-out walk and moved up on a wild pitch to get into scoring position. Bennett Roemer, the Sharks’ No. 9 hitter, took advantage, ripping a 3-2 pitch through the left side to plate the game’s only run.
With the lead secured, Horn showed no mercy, retiring the final six batters — four on strikes — to sit down 13 straight after allowing a pair of hits in the third.
Roemer was 2-for-2, and James Layman added the third hit for the Sharks. Tate Miller and Kyle Markowitz each doubles and Jake Richardson added a single for the Seahawks.
May River (10-6, 5-3) wraps up region play next week against Colleton County with the opener at The Tank on Monday. Hilton Head (8-13, 4-6) wraps up the season with a home-and-home series with Ashley Ridge beginning on the road Monday.