Eight errors send Warriors to losers bracket
By Chris Sokoloski
Waccamaw had more errors than hits in a 12-4 loss to region rival Dillon on Saturday in the Class AA playoffs.
“I don’t think there’s too many people you’re going to beat that way,” Waccamaw coach Jeff Gregory said.
Despite the errors, the Warriors kept the game close for five innings and then the Wildcats put it away in the sixth.
“It was a 5-4 ballgame in the six and then the wheels fell off,” Gregory said.
Dillon had 13 hits and only committed one error; Waccamaw had five hits and committed eight errors.
“Back to region play here, they know us as well as we know them,” Gregory said. “Tonight we just tightened up and had a terrible sixth inning and just gave it away.”
Jordan Hoeweler went 1-for-2 with a run; Luke Freeman went 1-for-3 with a run; and J.D. Whitlock went 1-for-4 with two RBIs.
Justin Colegrove started and gave up four hits and four runs (two earned) to the first 11 batters.
Tucker Perry came on and gave up eight singles and eight runs (three earned).
Waccamaw’s game against Lake City was rained out on Monday and Tuesday and rescehduled for tonight.
The winner will travel to Dillon for the District VII championship.
The Warriors or Panthers would have to beat the Wildcats twice to claim the championship.
“That’s going to be a tough task but it can be done,” Gregory said. “It’s a matter of whether or not we can stay focused and whether or not their [pitcher] can turn it around that fast.”
Waccamaw opened the playoffs with a 14-1 win over Kingstree.
The Warriors scored one in the first inning, six in the second and seven in the third, taking advantage of five Jaguars errors.
Howeler went 2-for-3 with a run and two RBIs; Freeman went 2-for-2 with two runs and an RBI; and Colgrove went 1-for-2 with a double, a run and an RBI.
Kevin Kies struck out nine batters to get the win.
The Yellow Jackets lost to Loris 1-0 and then beat Timberland 1-0 in the District VI playoffs, and then had their game against Aynor rained out Monday night.
Patrick Ward drove in Andrews’ only run against Timberland. Rivers Cribb went 2-for-3.
Ethan Wright struck out 15 Wolves to improve to 5-0 on the season.
Andrews was scheduled to play at Aynor on Tuesday night. The winner would travel to Loris tonight for the district championship and have to beat the Lions twice.
The Bears beat Estill 18-3 last week, the first playoff victory for the team in three years.
Carvers Bay had 12 hits in the game.
Dylan Moore went 3-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs; Hyatt Ferguson went 2-for-2 with a sacrifice, two runs and three RBIs; Nick Owens went 1-1 with a walk, an RBI and a stolen base; Jay Tindall had a pinch hit RBI triple; and DaXavier Lasane walked four times. Seth LeGette, Trey Cribb, Jeffrey Tyler and Skylar Stone also got in on the hit parade.
Tyler scattered four hits and struck out eight for the win.
The Bears faced No. 1 seed St. John’s last night, looking for their 10th win of the season, which would double last year’s total.
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