Senior Brandon Dorsey came up big for the Seahawks on Tuesday.
The righty struck out 10 in a complete-game effort as the Myrtle Beach baseball team narrowly got past Georgetown 1-0 in a Region VII-AAA contest.
“Anytime you win a one-run game – especially a 1-0 game – there’s two things you need to have: great pitching and great defense,” Seahawks coach Tim Christy said. “And that’s what we keep preaching to our kids. We got to throw strikes, we got to play good defense; and that’s what happens when you put a game like that together.”
Myrtle Beach’s Shane Faulk scored on a passed ball in the first inning for the only run of the game. And that was all Dorsey would need.
“I wasn’t really too worried about it,” Dorsey said of pitching with a one-run cushion. “All of our games are pretty close, so I’m kind of used to pitching in those situations. I knew my team had my back with the way we played defense.”
Said Christy: “It’s a cheap manufactured run, but I’ll take it. I’ll take a half to nothing, it doesn’t matter to me. What we’re looking for in region play are wins and this was a big win for us.”
Dorsey scattered three hits and allowed two walks in seven innings for his third win of the season.
“Just outstanding,” Christy said of Dorsey’s start. “There’s a kid who has battled tremendous adversity in his life. Including the beginning of the year, when he had to miss two weeks due to a knee injury. He had surgery on his knee, rehabbed it and bounced back. That’s just courage and determination at its finest right there.”
For Dorsey, it was a simple approach that helped him through the start.
“I came in feeling good. I was confident in myself and just went out there and threw,” he said.
Georgetown starter Hunter Graham allowed only one hit in six innings but picked up the loss.
“We only had one hit,” Christy said. “[Graham] pitched his tail off, tremendous effort on his part. We just pitched and played a little bit better.”
The Seahawks improved to 4-1 in Region VII-AAA, and the team is convinced that it has the formula it needs to be successful down the stretch.
“It says we’re growing up,” Christy said. “This is a veteran club and we’re playing like a veteran club. We’re getting quality pitching and playing good defense; with those two components we have a lot of good ballgames.”
Said Dorsey: “I’m pretty confident [in our chances in the region]. With the way our pitching staff looks right now, I’m pretty confident we can hold teams to low runs and get our bats going.”
Myrtle Beach will try to keep the momentum going when it goes on the road Thursday to take on Wilson at 7 p.m.
“I keep saying, the great thing about this team is we have tremendous chemistry and we have tremendous character,” Christy said. “When you combine those two things with some pretty good baseball players, good things are going to happen for you.”