High School Sports

Notebook: 5-3A baseball

The Region 5-3A baseball pennant race finally came to a conclusion on Wednesday night at Brookland-Cayce, but the outcome was not to the liking of the defending state champion Bearcats.

South Aiken (15-7 overall) rolled to a 10-2 win to clinch the region’s No. 1 seed in the state playoffs that begin on April 30. Dreher (12-9), which completed region play with a 7-3 win over Swansea on Monday, ended up sharing the region title with the Thoroughbreds with a 7-3 conference report card. The Blue Devils are the No. 2 playoff seed and rate a first-round home date in the playoffs. B-C (17-7, 6-4) will open the playoff on the road as the No. 3 seed. Airport (12-8, 5-5) is the fourth and final 5-3A state playoff entry.

Dreher concludes the regular season tonight at Lower Richland, B-C hosts A.C. Flora in a final playoff tune up on Saturday and Airport closes the regular season at home Monday vs. Ridge View.

Andrew Faulkner dominated the Bearcats on Wednesday with a 12-strikeout performance, and he also contributed two hits to the cause. Chris Brooks led the South Aiken attack with two hits and two RBIs.