PAWLEYS ISLAND It’s been a long week for the Waccamaw baseball team.
It’s also been a good one.
Justin Colegrove struck out 16 batters in a complete-game effort Friday and Jordan Hoeweller drove in the game-winner with two outs in the bottom of the ninth in a 5-4 win over Marion.
The Warriors defeated Georgetown 6-4 on Wednesday before rallying for 11 runs in the bottom of the sixth for a 12-11 win over Loris on Thursday.
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“We’ve had a tough week,” Waccamaw coach Jeff Gregory said. “All our games have been close.”
Curtis Lawing got on base and stole second, setting up Hoeweller’s game-winning hit.
It made Colegrove’s gutsy performance stand up. The hurler’s strikeout total was a career high.
“He started off struggled and got stronger as innings went on throughout the night,” Gregory said. “It was a good performance by him on the bump.”
Overall, it was another good ending in a week full of them for Waccamaw.
“We’re finding a way. It ain’t pretty but we’re finding a way,” Gregory said.
• W–Justin Colegrove (2-0). L–John Swayer (0-2). Top hitters – Marion: C.J. Hopkins 2-5, 3B, HR, 2 RBIs, run; Sawyer 2-4, RBI, run. Waccamaw: Colegrove 3-4, RBI, run; Curtis Lawing 3-4, RBI, 2 runs; Jordan Hoeweller 1-2, RBI.
• Records – Marion 0-2 Region VIII-AA, Waccamaw 6-4 (2-0 Region VIII-AA).
High school baseball
• (At) Green Sea Floyds 4, Johnsonville 3 | The Trojans scored three runs in the fourth inning en route to a victory over the Golden Flashes.
• W–Austin Wisnowski (1-0). L–Josh Stone. Top hitters – Johnsonville: Colin Barnhill 3-3; Hunter Spring 2-4, 2B. Green Sea Floyds: Wisnowski 2-3, 2B; Shaquille Jordan 1-3, 2B; Jared Boatwright 2-2.
• Records – Johnsonville N/A, Green Sea Floyds 2-3, 1-1.
• (At) Myrtle Beach 2, Socastee 1 | Jesse Nelson hit a walk-off home run as the Seahawks got the win over the Braves.
• W–Brandon Dorsey (2-0). L–Kyle Smith (1-1). Top hitters – Socastee: Kyle Smith 1-3. Myrtle Beach: Jesse Nelson 3-4 HR.
• Records – Myrtle Beach 4-3, 2-0 Region VII-AAA.
• (At) North Myrtle Beach 4, Wilson 0 | TJ Wilkie struck out 14 batters as the Chiefs got the win over the Tigers.
• W–TJ Wilkie (2-0). L–Trevor Edgerton. Top hitters – Wilson: Dale 1-4, Jordan 1-3. NMB: Wilke 2-3, Billy Pippin 2-3 RBI 2B, Dylan Bowie 1-3, Kyle Cooper 1-3 2B.
• Records – Wilson: (3-2, 0-2), North Myrtle Beach: (7-3, 1-0).
• (At) Carolina Forest 6, Conway 4 | Robert Jolly pitched a complete game, amassing eight strikeouts and allowing just two hits as the Panthers got the win over the Tigers.
• W–Robert Jolly (2-1). L–Will Parker. Top hitters – Conway: Grant Holmes 1-3 GS 4 RBIs. Carolina Forest: Ryan Yurachek 2-3 RBI, Ryan Flynn 2-3 RBI 2 2Bs.
Records – Carolina Forest: (3-7, 1-3)
High school softball
• (At) Green Sea Floyds 6, Johnsonville 5 (8) | The Trojans got the victory over the Flashes in extra innings.
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• W–Morgan Elliot (1-0). L–A. Hanna. Top hitters – Johnsonville: K. Ard 2-3 HR 2 RBIs. Green Sea Floyds: C. Faulk 2-3 4 RBIs, A. Ham 2-4 2 2Bs, N. Floyd 2-4 2B RBI, M. Elliot 2-2 RBI, B. Elliot 2-4 2 runs.
• Records – Johnsonville: (3-2, 1, 2); Green Sea Floyds: (1-4, 1-1).
• St. James 11, (at) Georgetown 1 (6) | The Sharks scored five runs in the first inning and cruised to a victory over the Bulldogs in six innings.
• W–Alexis Gunnell (3-0). L–Taylor Mercer (N/A). Top hitters – St. James: Kelsi Bachman 2-3, 2 runs; Morgan Marlow 2-2, RBI, 2 runs; Hannah Price 2-4, 2 runs; Hayley Reigel 2-3, 3 RBI, 2 runs; Kayla Claybrook 2-3, 2 RBI. Georgetown: P. Graham 2-3, run; M. Strickland 3-3, RBI.
• Records – St. James 5-0, Georgetown N/A
• (At) Sumter 4, Conway 1 | Leading 1-0, the Tigers were plagued by three errors in the sixth inning that cost them four runs in the frame as they fell to the Gamecocks in a Region VI-AAAA contest.
• W–H. Bettencourt. L–Sydny Howell (3-2). Top hitters – Conway: Haylee Owens 2-3, 2B; Howell 1-2, BB, run; Deanna Deluca 1-3; Neci Hemingway 1-3, 2B. Sumter: C. Hutchison 1-3, Bettencourt 1-3, run.
• Records – Conway 4-5, 0-2 Region VI-AAAA.
• (At) Myrtle Beach 2, Socastee 1 | Tied 1-all in the sixth, Mary Brocklesby hit a sacrifice fly and Kristina Mendolia scored the game-winning run on the play as the Seahawks rallied past the Braves.
• W–Angel Hatzidakis (3-2). L–Savannah Talley. Top hitters – Socastee: Rebecca Oakley 1-3; Samantha Larrabee 2-3. Myrtle Beach: Morgan Compton 1-3, run; McKenzie Coble 2-3, RBI; Kristina Mendolia 1-3, GW run; Mary Brocklesby 1-3, GW RBI.
• Records – Socastee , 1-1 Region VI-AAA, Myrtle Beach 3-2, 2-0 Region VII-AAA.
• (At) North Myrtle Beach 13, Wilson 1 | Taylor Hansis struck out nine in four innings as the Chiefs won their home opener over the Tigers.
• W–Taylor Hansis (3-2). L–Megan Register. Top hitters – Wilson: Courtney Hayes 1-2, 2B. North Myrtle Beach: Makayla Gore 3-3, 2B, 2 RBI; Julia Cole 2-3, 2 2B, RBI; Summer Lewis 2-3, 2 RBI; Myatt Hardwick 2B, 2 RBI; Samantha Asbury 2-2, 2B; Noel Mischler 2-3, 2 RBI.
• Records – Wilson 0-2, North Myrtle Beach 5-3, 1-1 Region VI-AAA.
High school boys soccer
• (At) South Florence 2, North Myrtle Beach 1 | Jeremy Sopa scored for North Myrtle Beach, but it wasn’t enough as the Chiefs fell to the Bruins.
•(At) Carolina Forest 6, Georgetown 0
| Ian McIlrath had two goals as the Panthers downed the Bulldogs.
High school girls soccer
• (At) Sumter 4, Conway 1| The Gamecocks got the win over the Tigers.
• North Myrtle Beach 3, (at) South Florence 0 | Nicole Crowl, Brielle Buis, Courtni Hyatt handled the goal-scoring with assists by Lauren McCarthy, Hannah Rowles, as the Chiefs shut out the Bruins.
•(At) Carolina Forest 6, Georgetown 0
| Riley Lynch and Danielle Schroeder had two goals apiece as the Panthers shut out the Bulldogs.
High school boys lacrosse
•(At) Socastee 7, Porter Gaud 6
| Jiovany Rendon had three goals and two assists and Nick Borriello had two goals and one assist as the Braves edged Porter Gaud in a nail-biter.
“We had a great defensive set,” Socastee coach Matthew Fox said. “We were up a goal with a minute to go, and our defense played out of their minds for a minute. Just a great defensive game. Hopefully [Saturday] – when we play Wando – we can score some more goals.”
Mike Alessi had one goal and one assist, and Tim Young had one goal for the Braves. Wayne Bauerle added two assists for Socastee and goalkeeper Joe Williams recorded 13 saves.
• Records: Socastee 3-2, Porter Gaud 2-3
CCU men’s golf
The Coastal Carolina men’s golf team had four players shoot under par and carded a team score of eight-under par 280 Friday to stand in third place in the 11-team Seminole Intercollegiate, played at the par-72, 7,172-yard Southwood Golf Course.
No. 50 Coastal has four players among the top 15 individually and the 280 team score marks the squad’s lowest round for the season. Sophomores Ben Wheeler and Andrew Dorn each carded rounds of 69 to tie for sixth, while Sebastian Soderberg and Roberto Ballesteros each shot 71 to tie for 13th.
CCU women’s golf
Coastal Carolina’s women’s golfers combined to shoot a 304 Friday, tying for fifth on the leaderboard after the first round of the annual Augusta State-hosted Insperity Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate contested at the par-72, 6,214-yard Forest Hills Golf Club.
Coastal Carolina has three players inside the top 30 of the 99 competitor field with senior Jessica Alexander’s 1-over 73 leading the charge. Alexander is tied for fifth overall after carding a trio of birdies on her opening round of play. Brittany Henderson, who posted a 4-over 76, stands tied for 21st. Freshman Lena Schaeffner is tied for 26th individually. Schaeffner posted four birdies on the round, the fifth most by any competitor.
Sophomore Frida Castillo, Coastal’s top finisher at last week’s Purdue Mount Vintage Invitational, turned in a 6-over 78. Marissa Hinchman rounded out the Chanticleer contingent with an 8-over 80.
CCU track and field
The Coastal Carolina women’s track and field team had three first-place finishes on Day 2 of the CCU/Shamrock Invitational, which is featuring 58 universities and 110 teams total teams (men’s and women’s) to make it the biggest spring break meet in the country.
Mary Lawrence took first in the pole vault (12 feet), Anjulia Nicholson won the collegiate hammer throw (162-2) and CCU’s 800-meter relay team – Erica Peake, Latesha Simpson, Gabrielle Lee, Qwontajah Thompson – won in 1:36.37.
The Chants’ 3,200-meter relay team – Shelby Nicosia, Jessica Gelibert, LaChelsie Thomas, Emily Marchini – placed second (9:07.87), helping CCU lead the John Rhodes mayor’s trophy competition, in which points are scored in relays. The Chants lead the likes of Ohio State, Louisville, Purdue, Liberty and West Point.
Former Coastal Carolina standout Amber Campbell won the event named after her, taking first in the Amber Campbell Invitational hammer throw at 225-5.
On the men’s side, CCU alum Jason Flanagan took first in the javelin (245-5), while current Coastal thrower Corcoran Jackson took second (first collegiate) with a toss of 223-8. The Chants’ Jordan Entwistle took fifth (200-8) and Tyler Slapikas was 10th (186-1).
CCU’s Reggie Nelson took eighth in the long jump (22-61/2).
The 28th annual South Carolina sports classic State Games for Masters athletes is scheduled for May 15-18 at Francis Marion University.
The open National Senior Games Association-sanctioned event gofers 20 major sports in nine age groups for men and women ages 50 and older to compete for gold, silver and bronze medals.
Registration is open until April 1 and entry forms are available at local recreation departments or by going online at scseniorgames.com.