Prep baseball roundup: Jackets down Tigers in tourney

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By The Staff

The Buford High School baseball team capped play in the Founders Federal Credit Union Spring Break Classic at Cheraw High School with an 11-5 win over Wilson High School of Florence on Tuesday afternoon.

The six-run Jackets win gave BHS a third-place finish in the two-day tournament field with a 1-3-1 record.

Buford went 0-2-1 on opening day Monday at Cheraw High, falling to Central, Cheraw and finishing in a 0-0 tie with Wilson of Florence due to the tournament time limit.

On the second and final day Tuesday, Buford was 1-1, with its 11-5 win over Wilson, a Class AAAA school.

The Jackets took advantage of six hits and 10 walks in posting the win over the Tigers.

Michael Lewis led Buford with two hits, including a double, four runs batted in and scored a run.

Ryan Griffin generated a hit, RBI and tallied a run. Shylyn Wright had a hit and scored twice.

Jordan Sellers and Andrew Allen each had a hit for the Jackets.

Dylan Sistare had an RBI and scored two runs. Brett Sistare scored a run and drove in a run. Isaah Nesbit scored a run and had a stolen base. Ryan Bailey tallied a run.

Johnathan Belk, a BHS sophomore, worked four innings for the win, allowing six hits, five runs, three earned runs, two walks and hit a batter. He struck out four.

Bailey went an inning and gave up a hit and posted a strikeout.

Buford, capping pool play on Tuesday, opened the second day, dropping a 1-0 loss to Marlboro County High School of Bennettsville.

The Bulldogs scored a run in the bottom of the second inning and held on for the narrow win.

The Bulldogs’ Peyton Herndon’s RBI-double gave MCHS the lone run it needed in the victory. Corey Gibson was the winner, notching five strikeouts.

Ryan Griffin, Shylyn Wright and Blake Fisher each had a hit for Buford.

Griffin hurled four frames in taking the loss. He gave up a run, an unearned run, a hit and a walk. He fanned five MCHS batters.

Buford returns to regular-season play, visiting Central High of Pageland on Tuesday. The Jackets travel to county rival Andrew Jackson on Friday and visit Class AAA county foe Indian Land High School on April 22 for a noon clash at the Warriors’ field.

Vols win

Andrew Jackson rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh to down Cardinal Newman High School of Columbia 2-1 on Tuesday in the Sandlapper Invitational baseball tournament at Gilbert High School.

AJ, down 1-0 going to its last bat, ignited for two runs for the comeback win.

Brett Percival walked and moved to second on William Wrape’s sacrifice bunt.

Dillon Kirk then grounded out to second to send Percival to third.

Colby Jackson followed with a RBI-hit to tie the game at 1-all. Will Hudson was then hit by a pitch to move Jackson to second.

Braeden Phillips then was inserted as a pinch runner for Jackson and he dashed home with the winning run on Isaiah Parker’s run-scoring single.

Percival led the AJ offense with a hit, walk and scored a run. Colby Jackson had an RBI-hit as did Parker. Heath Gandy added a hit and Phillips tallied a run.

Senior hurler John Cauthen, who worked two innings in relief of starter Gandy, who threw five innings, was the winner. Gandy allowed three hits and no runs before yielding to Cauthen, who worked two scoreless frames for the win.

Andrew Jackson visits Class AAAA county rival Lancaster on Monday at 7 p.m.

Warriors win

Indian Land opened play in the Wheels Baseball Invitational at South Pointe High School in Rock Hill where the Warriors posted a 5-1 win over the Class AAAAA Blue Eagles.

Indian Land, 11-7, used key hitting and solid pitching to down the Blue Eagles.

ILHS ace hurler Nolan Bolt worked 6.2 frames and allowed seven hits and a walk.

He struck out five.

Indian Land took an early 2-0 lead, but CHS sliced into the lead on Hayden Milley’s solo homer.

The Warriors scored two in the sixth and added a single run in the seventh to take the win.

Hunter Laney led the Warriors’ seven-hit offense with two hits, a walk and scored a run.

James Mulvaney drilled a double and drove in two runs.

Mulvaney’s two-run double in the ILHS second put the Warriors up 2-0 and they stayed on top for the win.

Jay Hildreth also had a hit and scored a run. Reed Lilly drove home a run with a sixth-inning squeeze bunt to score Justin Jones. Lilly also tallied a run.

The Warriors faced Christianburg, Va., and host South Pointe in games Thursday.

The tournament is named in memory of Larry “Wheels” Hinson and proceeds are used to award a scholarship to one player from each of the three Rock Hill high schools – Northwestern, Rock Hill and South Pointe.

Wheels Hinson, an avid Northwestern High School booster, is the father of former Northwestern High standout pitcher Ryan Hinson, who played college baseball at Clemson.