Waccamaw rebounds to keep playoff run alive

  • Thursday, May 8, 2014

Chris Sokoloski/South Strand News Waccamaw High’s Jack Monroe dives back to first against Andrews last week. He had the only hit in the game for the Warriors.

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Waccamaw High’s baseball team knocked Andrews out of the playoffs with a 2-1 win on Monday night.

It was sweet revenge for the Warriors, who were sent to the loser’s bracket by Andrews on Thursday.

Waccamaw had won both regular season games against Andrews, but never faced the Yellow Jackets ace, Ethan Wright.

On Thursday, Wright pitched a gem, giving up only one hit, to Jack Monroe, and two walks, and striking out nine for the 1-0 victory.

“When he toes the mound, everybody is focused,” said Andrews head coach Roland Clemons. “He throws strikes and we get people out.”

No extra pressure said the senior, who days before had signed to continue his baseball career at the University of South Caroline – Beaufort.

“I look at it as just another game,” Wright said. “Prepared for it like any other.”

Waccamaw’s Zac Sparaco dueled Wright for the first five innings, before the Yellow Jackets loaded the bases in the sixth inning and C.J. Bone drove in the only run of the game with a sacrifice fly.

The loss sent Waccamaw to Lake City on Saturday, where the Warriors won 6-4 to knock the Panthers out of the playoffs.

Curtis Lawing went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and three runs; and Cole Cook went 1-for-2 with a run.

Levi Almond went 2-for-4 at the plate and got the win.

Also on Saturday, Andrews lost 10-1 to Loris.

The Lions took an early 3-1 lead, and then blew the game open with six runs in the fourth.

That loss set up Monday night’s rematch at Andrews, which Waccamaw won.

Waccamaw will travel to Loris tonight for the district championship. The Warriors will have to beat the Lions twice to advance to the Lower State tournament.

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