A.C. Flora snags IP Classic title
By Chris Sokoloski
A.C. Flora, the reigning Class AAA state champions, beat Conway 6-5 to win the IP Baseball Classic championship.
The Falcons’ Connor Desmond was named the tournament’s most valuable player. G.K. Young of Conway won the home run derby and Clark Scolamiero of Greenville won the base running contest.
For the second year in a row, Georgetown went winless at the Classic.
The Bulldogs opened the tournament with a 10-7 loss to St. James on Thursday.
Georgetown got on the board first with a run in the first inning, but St. James roared back with four runs in the top of the second.
After the Bulldogs cut the lead to 4-3 in the bottom of the third, the Sharks came right back with two runs in the top of the fourth.
Georgetown scored the next four runs to lead 7-6 at the end of six innings, but gave up four runs to St. James in the seventh.
“We couldn’t stop them in the last inning,” Georgetown coach Mike Johnson said.
Seth Wall went 2-for-4, with a double, three RBIs and a run scored to lead Georgetown
Kevin Woodall went 2-for-4 with and RBI and a run scored; Riley Jordan went 1-for-3 with two runs scored; Hunter Graham went 1-for-3 with a run scored; Ryan Williams and Brandon McCants had RBIs; and Trace Cox walked and scored twice.
Graham took the loss on the mound. He gave up eight earned runs, eight hits and seven walks and struck out eight in seven innings.
On Friday, Georgetown lost 7-2 to A.C. Flora.
The Falcons struck first with a run in the top of the first inning, but the Bulldogs came right back to tie it in the bottom of first. Jordan reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on a double by Williams.
After A.C. Flora scored two in the fourth to take a 3-1 lead, Georgetown cut the lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth. Jordan walked to lead off the inning, stole second, advanced to third on a single by Woodall, and scored on a sacrifice by Williams.
The Falcons then scored three runs in the sixth and one in the seventh for the victory.
Jordan walked, stole a base and scored two runs to lead Georgetown. Wall went 2-for-4; Williams went 1-for-3 with a double and two RBIs; and Brandon Cribb went 1-for 3 with a double.
Williams took the loss on the mound, giving up three hits, three runs (all earned) and two walks, and striking out one in four innings.
Taylor Bratcher gave up three hits, three runs (one earned), one walk and struck out one in one inning; and Nick Brown gave up three hits, one unearned run, and struck out one in two innings.
On Saturday, Georgetown gave up two runs in the seventh inning and lost 4-3 to Greenville.
In the unusual position of being the visiting team in their home ballpark, the Bulldogs jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Seth Wall led off the game with a double, advance to third on a wild pitch and scored when Brown drew a bases-loaded walk. Jordan, who had reached on an error after Wall doubled, scored on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Holcombe.
After Greenville cut the lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the third inning, Brandon Cribb doubled in the top of the fourth, driving in McCants, who pinch ran for Holcombe after he led off the inning with a single.
With Georgetown clinging to a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the seventh, Greenville loaded the bases with two outs, and Mike Johnson replaced Holcombe, his starting pitcher, with Brown. Two pitches later Grant Cox doubled and Greenville won 4-3.
“We had our chance to win the game,” Johnson said. “We didn’t quite finish the game off the way we should have.”
Holcombe went 2-for-2 with an RBI to lead Georgetown. Wall went 1-for-2 with a double, a walk and run scored; Jordan went 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored; Brown and Cribb had RBIs; and Williams walked twice.
Holcombe took the loss on the mound. He gave up four hits, four runs (one earned) and eight walks and struck out one in 6-2/3 innings.
Georgetown wrapped up the tournament on Sunday morning with a 10-1 loss to Mauldin.
The Mavericks put up all 10 of their runs in the first three innings.
The Bulldogs got on the board in the bottom of the third when Graham scored on a throwing error.
Wall went 1-for-2 with two walks to lead Georgetown. Graham went 1-for-3 with a run scored and Jordan walked twice.
Cody Thompson, the first of four Georgetown pitchers, took the loss. He gave up six hits and 10 runs (two earned) and struck out three in two innings. Williams, Brown and Tyler Mercer came on in relief. Williams gave up three hits and one walk and struck out two in 2-2/3 innings; Brown gave up one hit and one walk in 1-1/3 innings; and Mercer gave up one hit in one inning.
“We learn by this,” Johnson said. “We don’t dwell too much on what we didn’t do today, we try to find some positives.”
The other tournament scores were:
* A.C. Flora beat Georgetown 7-2, beat St. James 5-1, beat Conway 6-5 and lost to Greenville 5-2.
* St. James beat Greenville 10-5 and lost to A.C. Flora 5-1 and Lexington 7-2.
* Conway beat Wando 8-1, beat Lexington 4-1 and lost to Mauldin 14-3 and A.C. Flora 6-5.
* Wando beat Mauldin 9-8 and lost to Conway 8-1 and lost to Lexington 4-1 and Greenville 11-0.
* Greenville beat A.C. Flora 5-2, beat Georgetown 4-3, beat Wando 11-0 and lost to St. James 10-5.
* Lexington beat Wando 4-1, beat St. James 7-2 and lost to Conway 4-1.
* Mauldin beat Conway 14-3, beat Georgetown 10-1, and lost to Wando 9-8.
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