It sure paid off.
With the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning of a 5-all game, a Carvers Bay player walked, which normally would have driven in the game-winning run.
However, he didn’t touch first base and Conway Christian appealed and was awarded the final out to push the game to extra innings, where the Eagles rallied for five runs in the ninth for a 10-5 victory on Friday night.
As for the ruling, Tim Hutson’s squad had a flashback.
“It happened to us two years ago when our kid hit the [supposed] game-winning run,” he said.
Therefore, the Eagles capitalized this time and wound up with their first win over a private school.
“To be honest, it isn’t about beating a private school,” Hutson said. “It’s about kids wanting to compete. When you’re down 4-0 and you’re at their place, you know, and your top three or four hitters aren’t hitting the ball and all the sudden your No. 9 hitter comes up and laces a double down the line … everybody gets pumped up. You get a kid who hasn’t pitched all year and says ‘Sure, coach, I’ll play, I’ll do it,’ and he throws 99 pitches. That says a lot for the team.”
The pitcher was Hampton Brown, who went 71/3 innings in relief after not pitching all season.
It all culminated into a memorable win for Conway Christian.
“Our kids just kept fighting and clawing, fighting and clawing,” Hutson said.
Records – Conway Christian 5-0.
High school baseball
Records – Waccamaw: (8-4, 4-0).
Records – Carolina Forest: (6-7, 4-3)
Records – Georgetown: (2-7, 2-2)
Records – Aynor: (6-2, 3-1)
High school softball
Records – Green Sea Floyds: (3-5, 2-2); Latta: (4-4, 3-1)
Records – Myrtle Beach 5-3 (3-1 Region VII-AAA), North Myrtle Beach 5-7 (1-4).
Records – Loris: 2-4
Records – Carolina Forest: 12-1
Records – Georgetown: (7-6, 2-2)
Records – Waccamaw: (9-3, 4-1 VIII-AA)
Records – Myrtle Beach: 4-3
High school boys tennis
High school boys soccer
High school girls soccer
CCU women’s lacrosse
White and Kimmy DeLonge each had three goals for Coastal (3-6).
In the second game, the Camels scored two runs in the first inning and Courtney Roberts held CCU to just a run in a complete-game effort.
CCU track and fieldCOLUMBIA
Tyler Slapikas finished fifth in the javelin (165-02) to lead the men’s contingent.
CCU’s Anjulia Nicholson finished seventh in the hammer throw (157-07).