Friday, May 9, 2014
Georgetown High’s quest for a Class AAA state baseball title ended Wednesday night with a 2-1 loss to James Island.
It was sweet revenge for the Trojans, who had lost to Georgetown on Friday night.
“The baseball Gods were blessing James Island,” said Georgetown coach Ben Waddle. “We scored off their errors in the first game and they scored off our’s [Wednesday]. You cannot fault our kids’ effort.”
James Island got unearned runs in the third and fourth innings off Georgetown starter Ryan Holcombe to build a 2-0 lead.
With Trojans on first and second with one out in the fifth, Cody Thompson came on in relief and got two strikeouts to end the inning.
Georgetown cut the lead to 2-1 in the fifth when Riley Jordan scored on fielder’s choice by Brandon McCants.
Brandon Cribb led off the bottom of the seventh with a single, and advanced on sacrifices by Jordan and Seth Wall, but was left stranded.
“You could not ask for a better scenario in the seventh to tie the game,” Waddle said. “You get the lead-off batter on, and a senior comes up and sacrifices him off and you’ve got your two guns coming up.”
Georgetown’s squad had nine seniors, and all will be tough to replace, Waddle said.
“Not only just in athleticism, their character. … All those guys have been in the weight program for a year, and it showed.”
Georgetown posted 18 wins this season, including the first playoff win since 2008.
The Warriors season ended with a 6-0 loss at Loris on Wednesday night.
Waccamaw only managed two hits and struck out nine times.
Tucker Perry gave up six runs, but only one was earned.