High School Sports

Notebook: 6-4A baseball

Sumter has a share of first place with Hartsville in Region 6-4A baseball heading into tonight regular-season finale at home against Carolina Forest.

If Sumter and Hartsville, which plays at last-place South Florence tonight, both win, the region’s No. 1 seed in the upcoming Class 4A state playoffs will be determined by the outcome of Friday’s Conway vs. West Florence game. If Conway and Sumter win, the Gamecocks are the No. 1 seed. If West Florence and Hartsville win, the Red Foxes are the No. 1 seed.

The Gamecocks beat Conway 16-6 at home on Thursday to keep pace with Hartsville. The visiting Tigers jumped out to a 2-0 after in the top of the first inning, but Sumter responded with seven runs in the bottom half to set the rout in motion.

Sumter got two runs on an error and another on a ground out before Matt King delivered a run-scoring hit, a RBI double by Justin Till and a two-run single by leadoff hitter Michael Blackmon, who was plunked by a pitch to get things going for the Gamecocks in his first at bat.

Conway was still within hailing distance, 9-6, until Sumter put it away with six runs in the fifth, a burst highlighted by back-to-back home runs by Blackmon and Tyler Smith.

Josh Kisamore picked up the mound win in relief of starter Jeremy Buckner.

Sumter enters the regular-season finale with a 16-6 overall record.