The Carolina Forest baseball team played a long game against West Florence on Wednesday.
With the game nearing three hours of play, the Knights scored two runs in the top of the 10th inning and Carolina Forest couldn’t come up with any offense in the bottom half of the inning as West Florence got past the Panthers 5-3 in 10 innings.
“I thought we competed,” Carolina Forest coach Jack Jolly said. “I thought we gave good effort. Unfortunately early in the game we made some baserunning mistakes and that hurt us. But we didn’t quit and I’m proud of the guys for hanging in there and putting us in a position to win.”
Trailing 3-1, the Panthers tied up the game in the sixth inning as Cameron Cauble drove in Logan White on a groundout, and Kyle Belack drove in the tying run on a sacrifice bunt. Carolina Forest made four errors in the game, which ended up costing them.
“I thought we made a lot of mistakes early in the game. But our pitchers threw well and kept us in the game,” Jolly said. I was real proud of the guys for executing in the sixth inning and tying it up. I thought we had some opportunities in extra innings to win the game and we just couldn’t come through. [West Florence] basically got one more base hit than we did; so I have to give them credit there.”
Carolina Forest starter Thomas Harrelson received a no-decision as he gave up three runs in seven innings.
“I thought he had to battle the sun early on and then he settled down,” Jolly said of Harrelson. “He had three pitches working for strikes. I thought he kept a very good hitting team off-balance. He scattered a lot of hits but he made the pitches he needed to keep them from scoring. I thought it was outstanding.”
White received the loss, giving up two runs in three innings. He gave up the game-winning hit, which was a two-run double by Garrett Chapman in the 10th inning.
The Panthers will travel to South Florence on Friday to take on the Bruins in their Region VI-AAAA finale.
“We go to South Florence on Friday night so we have to put the uniform on and get after it again and that would be our last region game so we want to go out on a winning note,” Jolly said.
Records – Carolina Forest 10-10, 4-7 Region VI-AAAA.