Kyler McKeever tripled on the first pitch in the bottom of the eighth and scored on a passed ball three pitches later to give May River baseball a 4-3 win over visiting Hilton Head High in extra innings to open Region 7-4A play Monday.
Bennett Roemer went four innings without allowing a hit, striking out six and scattering four walks and a hit by pitch before leaving with a 3-1 lead. The Seahawks rallied for two runs in the fifth when Will Corn couldn’t locate the zone, but junior lefthander Landon Fisher doused the threat to keep it tied.
Fisher outdueled Connor Wiendl in a battle of the bullpens, limiting the Seahawks to one hit and one walk over 3.2 innings of stellar relief with two strikeouts to earn the win, while Wiendl kept his team in it with three scoreless innings before the Sharks rallied in the eighth.
The Seahawks didn’t record their first hit until Connor Gardner roped a double down the left-field line with two outs in the eighth, but Fisher struck out Wiendl to strand Gardner and set up McKeever’s heroics.
McKeever and Davis Rose each had two hits, and Rose and Corn drove in runs for the Sharks. Wofford commit James Layman was 0-for-1 in the leadoff spot, but he drew a walk and was hit by pitches twice and scored a run.
Blaine Gregory started and gave the Seahawks four solid innings, allowing three unearned runs on three hits with two strikeouts, two walks, and two hit by pitches, and he and Jake Richardson knocked in runs for the Seahawks.
The Seahawks (2-2, 0-1) host the Sharks (1-3, 1-0) to conclude the series at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
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