Published on 6/27/2012
By Chris Sokoloski
Georgetown American Legion Post 114 handed Florence its first loss of the season on Friday night.
"It's a big win for us," coach Jeff Gregory said. "It proves we can play at that level."
Florence scored six runs in the first innings, propelled by four Georgetown errors.
"Typical jitters," Gregory said. "But we battled back and made a game of it."
Georgetown scored four in the second and one in the third to cut the lead to 6-5.
Florence scored the next three runs to extend the lead to 9-5 going into the bottom of the eighth, where Georgetown capitalized on walks, wild pitches and hit batter to score five runs to take a 10-9 lead.
"The wheels came off for them," Gregory said. "They typically don't make those kind of mistakes. We made our mistakes early and they made theirs late."
Georgetown held off a late Florence rally to win 10-9.
Georgetown High graduate Mac Jordan started and went 4 and 1/3 innings. He gave up eight runs, but only four were earned, and seven hits.
"He was dealing pretty good," Gregory said. "He kept us in the game."
Waccamaw High's Trevor Newbauer came on in relief and picked up the win. He struck out three and only allowed one hit.
Waccamaw High's Richard Archer went 2-for-5, with two runs scored and one RBI; Waccamaw High's J.D. Whitlock went 2-for-4, with one run scored and two RBIs; and Jordan went 2-for-4 with one run scored.
It was Georgetown's first win of the season over Florence, which is 11-1 and No. 2 in the state behind West Columbia.
Georgetown also picked up a 12-2 win over Mullins on Thursday night.
"They played well for five innings and then they fell apart after that," Gregory said.
Andrews High graduate Mason Brett went 3-for-5 with two RBIs; Jordan went 2-for-3 with three runs scored; and Whitlock went 2-for-4, with two runs scored and one RBI.
Andrews' Alex McElweee scattered six hits and struck out five in eight innings to pick up the win. It was only the second complete game by a Georgetown pitcher this season.
"All our pitchers the last four or five outings have thrown extremely well," Gregory said. "We only have seven quality arms. Everybody has to go four or five innings."
On Monday night, Georgetown lost 3-2 to Lake City.
"We just didn't play well and get the timely hit," Gregory said.
Georgetown stranded seven runners in scoring position.
Lake City scored three runs in the first inning against Waccamaw's Travis Shelley. Shelley settled down after that, striking out 13 and scattering five hits.
"That was probably the best I've seen him pitch in awhile," Gregory said.
Georgetown scored one in eighth inning and one in ninth.
Andrews' Patrick Ward went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and Whitlock went 2-for-4.
Georgetown is now 9-5 overall, 6-4 in the conference.
"We're where we need to be," Gregory said. "We're starting to gell a little bit and getting some timely hits."