With senior Cory Boren in the starring role, Pelion became the first team to beat the Swansea baseball team this season, downing the Tigers 2-0 in a Region 5-2A game on Thursday.
Boren pitched a six-hit shutout, smacked a leadoff home run and drove in the second run with a sacrifice fly in the third inning.
With the win, the Panthers improved to 6-6 overall and became relevant in the 5-2A pennant race. Pelion stands at 3-2 in conference play, one game behind both Swansea and Wade Hampton.
“We lost nine seniors off last year’s team, and at the start of the year my only goal for the team was to just make the playoffs, but we’re in the race now,” said Panthers coach Barry Fogle. “We not scoring many runs, but we’ve been getting good pitching and we play good defense.”
The current week has been a busy and a productive one for the Panthers.
It began with an 8-0 non-region win over Calhoun County as Tyler Poole threw a no-hitter with 13 strikeouts. Next, the Panthers beat Edisto 7-0 in a region game with Kyle Rogers firing a 3-hitter with 14 strikeouts.
The Panthers have two games on Saturday at their own spring break tournament. The four-team event continues on Monday and concludes with place games on Tuesday. North, McCormick and Keenan are the other entries.