It was dreary night for the Region 5-3A front-running Dreher Blue Devils Tuesday in Aiken. Pete Guyton’s first-place club suffered its first region baseball loss of the season 11-1 to host South Aiken in a contested played in a light but steady rain.
The 5-3A standings changed rather significantly on Tuesday. Dreher’s lead is down to one game over South Aiken, while defending champion Brookland-Cayce fell two back in the loss column as a result of a shocking 3-0 loss to Swansea.
The tone was set for the Blue Devils in the top of the first inning. Dreher loaded the bases but Thoroughbreds starting pitcher Tucker Hawley ended the threat by fanning Matt Spotts for the third out. Hawley wiggled out of trouble again in the third. Kurt Stoudenmire got things going with a ringing double, but was eventually was thrown out at the plate on a fielder’s choice grounder off the bat of Chandler Knox. Woody Helm’s double to the right-field corner scored Knox with the lone Dreher run.
South Aiken broke it open with five runs in the bottom of the fourth, and tacked on four more in the sixth. The bottom of the Thoroughbreds batting order was nettlesome all night. The bottom three batters all had two safeties to pace combined the 13-hit SA attack.
Dreher (8-4, 5-1) returns to action Thursday at home against Hammond and travels to Midland Valley on Friday.