PROSPERITY — Mid-Carolina High School continued its winning ways in region play last week. On March 20, Mid Carolina shut the visiting Saluda Tigers out 8-0.
Danton Hyman pitched six innings, striking out 12 of the 25 batters he faced. He gave up four hits and issued one walk. Ryan Stoudemire took the mound the seventh inning and struck out two of the three batters he faced to preserve the shut out.
The Rebels made a statement to the Tigers by scoring first in the first inning. Cole Shealy walked, stole second and scored on a Stoudemire single.
Trailing 1-0, Saluda gave up only one hit in the next two innings, but the Rebels battled at the plate and would not be denied in the fourth.
Josh Haney led off with a single. Duncan Crotwell reached first on a fielding error which moved Haney to third. Then, Saluda issued back to back walks to Shawn Sexton and Ty Glymph, scoring Haney.
Chris Edwards, pinch runner for Crotwell, scored on a passed ball. Danton Hyman blasted a triple to the left centerfield gap and scored Sexton and Glymph. Justin Hawkins walked, and in the process, Hyman scored on a passed ball.
Stoudemire also walked but Hawkins and Stoudemire were stranded on a flyout to end the inning.
Mid-Carolina added two more runs in the fifth. Crotwell walked, Mack Flemon singled and Chris Edwards advanced the runners with a ground out to first.
The runners held on a Glymph infield single. Hyman scored Crotwell and Flemon on a fielder’s choice.
Leading hitters were Hyman with a triple, Hawkins with two doubles, and Stoudemire, Haney, Flemon and Glymph all added singles to pace the Rebel attack.
Another round for the Rebels
On March 21, the Mid-Carolina Rebels traveled to Batesburg-Leesville to take on the Panthers. The Rebels were focused, started the game with hot bats and never let up.
Hyman led off the first with a walk and stole second. Cole Shealy was hit by a pitch and Justin Hawkins drove them in with a three-run homerun.
Stoudemire walked and Duncan Crotwell singled. But they were stranded on base as two fly outs let B-L out of the inning.
Batesburg-Leesville answered in the bottom of the first with two unearned runs.
Mid-Carolina got those back and then some as the Rebels scored four more runs in the top of the second inning.
Ty Glymph led off with a walk and moved to third on a Hyman bunt single. Hawkins scored Glymph and Hyman on a single. Ryan Stoudemire then hit a two-run homerun.
Haney and Crotwell singled and Mack Flemon walked, loading the bases. The Panthers got two strikeouts to end the Rebel threat, though. MCHS added more in the third.
Hyman was issued a walk in the top of the third and moved to second on a bunt single by Cole Shealy.
Hawkins then loaded the bases with a single. Haney scored Hyman and Shealy on a single.
Crotwell walked and Flemon reached first on a fielder’s choice. But once again the side was retired with three runners stranded on base.
In the top of the fourth, Ty Glymph walked and Hyman singled moving Glymph to third and Hyman advanced to second on the throw to third.
Ty Glymph scored on a pass balled to batter, Chris Edwards, who was issued a walk. Hawkins grounded out but Stoudemire drove in Hyman on a ground out to third. The Rebels had two more hits in the last three innings but did not score.
The Panthers scored one more run the bottom of the sixth. Josh Haney was the winning pitcher and was relieved in the sixth by Ryan Stoudemire and the seventh by Justin Hawkins.
The Rebels had 13 hits and stranded 12 on base as they defeated B-L 11-3.
Leading hitters were Hyman with two singles;; Shealy with a single; Hawkins with two singles and a homerun; Stoudemire with a homerun; Haney with three singles; Crotwell with two singles and Glymph with a single.
Mid-Carolina moved to 3-0 in conference play with a 3-1 overall record.
“Any week involving multiple region games is a big week and I was proud of how our guys came ready to play. We’ll continue to take it one at a time, get better, and learn from each one. The guys know we’re proud of them but aren’t satisfied yet. I’m excited about our direction,” said MCHS Head Coach Daniel Gregory.
The Rebels next games will be March 25 in Abbeville. On March 26, they are at home against Whitmire and March 28, they are in Newberry against the Bulldogs.