Hartsville’s baseball and softball teams swept Sumter on Tuesday night, causing a shift at the top of the respective Region 6-4A standings.
The Red Foxes took over first place with a 9-5 baseball win in Kelleytown, putting together a decisive five-run rally in the bottom of the fourth inning. Hartsville now stands at 6-2 in region play, one half game ahead of the Gamecocks, who dropped back to 5-2. Conway is third at 3-2 with a tough make-up schedule left down the stretch.
Hartsville has Conway (April 21) and last-place South Florence (April 24) left on the region slate. Sumter has South Florence (21), Carolina Forest (April 24) and Conway (April 27) left in region play.
The Hartsville softball team jumped on the Gamecocks early and often on the way to a 10-3 win that knocked Sumter out of a tie for first place with South Florence. The host Red Foxes had a 7-2 lead after three innings and coasted home. Six Sumter errors played a large role in the blowout.
Perennial champion South Florence, which lost 5-4 to Hartsville on March 24, beat West Florence 3-1 on Tuesday to improve to 7-1. Sumter now stands at 6-2, just one game in front of 5-3 Hartsville.
Sumter’s hopes of unseating South Florence hinge on the April 21 meeting with the Bruins at home.