Coastal Carolina sophomore Austin Kerr took a no hitter and 1-0 lead one out into the sixth inning before top-ranked UNC broke through.
Chaz Frank drove in a run on a triple in the sixth to break up the no-hitter and Colin Moran hit a sacrifice fly in the frame to give the Tar Heels the lead.
North Carolina added insurance runs in the seventh en route to ending a nine-game winning streak by Coastal (24-13).
Jacob May had Coastal’s lone run on a homer in the fourth.
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Aynor takes on second-place Waccamaw on Thursday with a chance to clinch the region.
• W–Jackson Wodle (2-0). L–Duncan Callahan. S–Tyler Lewis (2). Top hitters – Dillon: O. McCollum 2-3, run; E. Hayes 1-3, 2 RBIs; W. Bailey 1-4, 2 RBIs. Aynor: Morgan Ward 1-2, 2 runs; Lewis 1-2, 2 runs; Quinn Prosser 2-3, 4 RBIs.
Records – Aynor 14-4 (7-1 Region VIII-AA), Dillon 6-3 Region VIII-AA.
• W–Landon Edwards. L–Taylor Bratcher (2-2). S–Brandon Dorsey. Top hitters – Myrtle Beach: Wilson Wicker 3-4; Griffin Bethle 3-4; Edwards 1-3. Georgetown: Riley Jordan 2-4; Brandon Cribb 2-4; Hunter Graham 1-2.
Records – Myrtle Beach 6-3 Region VII-AAA, Georgetown 9-13 (2-6 Region VII-AAA).
“He’s played well for us,” Warriors coach Jeff Gregory said of Sparaco. “Tonight he just waited back on the ball – it was a small ballpark – and he was able to lift it out of there. He’s a strong kid.”
• W–Jalen Simmons (2-1). L–John Sprankle. Top hitters – Waccamaw: Zac Sparaco 3-4, 2 HRs, 9 RBIs; Curtis Lawing 2-4, 2 RBIs; 3 runs; Justin Colegrove 2-4, HR, 2 RBIs. Mullins: John Ard 1-3.
•(At) St. James 8, Wilson 1
| Kasey Crooks matched his brother’s feat on senior night.
The Sharks’ senior pitcher tossed a no-hitter – like his brother, Colby did in 2009 – to lead St. James to a win.
Kasey Crooks struck out six but allowed one run via walks and a sacrifice fly.
“He hasn’t had very many walks, that’s the thing,” Sharks coach Robbie Centracchio said. “He’s had three straight outings without walks. He actually only walked three batters; otherwise he could have ended up with a perfect game.”
Wilson tried several bunts to break up the no-no, but to no avail.
“He had a lot of good defensive plays behind him. He just kept his pitch count down and went right after them,” Centracchio said of Crooks. “I think at one point in time he had three straight innings of six pitches. He had his fastball, curveball and changeup working well tonight.”
• W–Kasey Crooks. L–Trevor Edgerton. Top hitters – St. James: Caleb Duggan 2-4, 2 RBIs, run; Dillon LeDuc 1-3, 2 RBIs, run; Trent Revis 2-2, RBI; Crooks 2-3, RBI; Zach Sanders 1-2, RBI, 2 runs.
• W–Sam McKinney( 3-2). L–Cullen Marcis. Top hitters – Socastee: Hunter Renfrow 3-3, 3 runs, Finn Melko 2-4, 2B, 4 RBIs, Zach Hyde 2-3, RBI; Dalton Smith 2-3, 3 RBIs. Carolina Forest: Rothenberg 3-4, run.
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• W–Casey Betts (7-2). L–M. Register. Top hitters – St. James: Hannah Price 2-3, HR, 2 RBIs, 3 runs, Noel Cassidy 2-3, RBI, 2 runs, Casey Betts 2-3, RBI, Morgan Marlow 1-3, 2 RBIs, 2 runs.
• W–Hallie Butler (11-1). L–Ariel Serna. Top hitters – Waccamaw: Emily Heimberger 2-5, RBI, run; Butler 2-3, 4 RBIs; Leah Boghosian 1-2, RBI, 2 runs. Mullins: Kayla Jackson 1-2
Records – Waccamaw 21-3 (8-1 Region VIII-AA), Mullins 0-9 Region VIII-AA.
• W–Taylor Mercer (6-6). L–Angel Hatzidakis. Top hitters – Georgetown: Blakely Graham 2-2, Kelly Howard 2-2.
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Carolina Forest’s Cole Swezey shot a 38 to earn medalist honors, but the Panthers fell short against North Myrtle Beach.
Alan Crum shot a 2-over 38 to earn medalist honors and lead St. James past Conway (3-5).