Pelion moved into the Region 5-2A baseball pennant hunt by handing front-running Barnwell a 7-1 defeat on Wednesday. It was only the third region loss in the past four season for the Warhorses.
The Panthers now stand at 3-2 and in sole possession of second place in the region standings. Barnwell is 6-1.
“It was our best game of the season, our most complete game” said Pelion coach Barry Fogle, whose team is 10-5 overall.
The Panthers banged out 11 hits, were guilty of just one error in support of pitcher Wesley Camp, who tossed a two-hitter with nine strikeouts and two walks. Barnwell thumped Pelion 12-3 in the first-ever region meeting of the teams on March 20.
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Ken Smoak led the Panthers hitting parade by going 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs. Camp was 2-for-4 with a double and one RBI, Taylor Jackson went 2-for-4 with one RBI, Gary Martin was 2-for-3 with a double and one RB and Justin Shumpert also had two hits.
The Panthers have five region games left over the next week and a half, starting with a Friday date at Silver Bluff. Next week, Pelion travels to Ridgeland for a doubleheader on Monday and two games with Wade Hampton.
Camp and Smoak have been the Pelion all season. Camp is hitting .442 with 19 runs scored, eight RBIs and 18 steals. On the hill, Camp is 2-1 with one save and a 2.26 ERA with 29 strikeouts in 21.2 innings. Smoak is batting .429 with 17 runs, 19 RBs and seven steals. He is 4-1 with a 2.82 ERA on the mound with 34 whiffs in 27.1 innings.
Otherwise, Chris Dillow is hitting .333 with nine runs, eight RBIs and five steals, and Jackson sports a .323 batting average with 12 RBIs.