South Carolina tournament no day at the beach for Cougar baseball
Spring Break. Myrtle Beach. High school baseball in the sunshine.
But only one win in four games by the beach left the Jefferson Cougars with an overall record of 6-5, and more questions than answers.
After posting wins in two games on March 31, Jefferson left for its annual weeklong tournament stand in Myrtle Beach with a 5-2 overall record.
In its first tournament game April 3, the Cougars tripped Socastee High (South Carolina), 11-6, with Hayden Stang going 3-for-3 with three runs scored. A six-run second inning secured the early lead. Taylor Tennant scored twice, Cory Daly drove in three runs, Cory Roman scored twice, Michael Jeffries had two RBIs and Dylan McCartney drove in a run with his double. Jefferson benefited from seven walks.
Next came a 5-4 loss to Lakewood (SC), in which the Cougars held a 4-1 lead into the sixth. Lakewood’s Gators scored three runs in the sixth and won the game with a run in the bottom of the seventh.
Tennant worked into the sixth and was charged with four earned runs while hitting three batters. Reliever Cullen Horowicz went 1.2 innings, allowing a hit and an earned run and getting one strikeout, but walking four while getting five outs. Ryan Allinger had a double.
R.S. Central High from North Carolina erupted for seven seventh-inning runs to cement a 14-7 win over the Cougars. Central held only a 7-6 lead going to the last inning of the game, which Jefferson never led.
Tennant went 3-for-3, Daly was 2-for-3 and David Dinges 3-for-4. Tennant and Dinges each scored two runs. Zac Rose was the starter and went 2.2 innings, and Daly pitched an inning before Brooks Lowery, Cameron Winston and Stang all ran into trouble as R.S. Central scored runs in all but one inning. The Cougars committed three infield errors.
Jefferson’s last game was a 7-3 loss to Bishop McNamara of the Washington, D.C., area. The Cougars had a 3-1 lead after three innings, but a crumbling defense, which was guilty of six errors, ruined any chances of winning a second game in the tournament. All six Jefferson errors were committed in the infield or by a pitcher.
James Walsh went 5.2 innings, allowing six hits and seven runs (two earned). Dinges went 2-for-3 and Daniel Brennan was 2-for-4 as Jefferson had seven hits. Rose and Daly also drove in runs.
Jefferson is scheduled to play Sectional rival Hampshire this evening at 6 p.m. at Sager Field.