POMARIA — The Mid-Carolina Majors Little League All-Stars fielded a young team Friday and Saturday against Irmo, with Mid-Carolina having just four 12-year-olds on the roster.
Mid-Carolina mustered little offense early in the game. Though Mid-Carolina threatened after a Kaleb Boland triple with one out, the next two batters were retired by Irmo to end the inning.
From there Irmo plated three runners before Mid-Carolina had a chance to score in turn. Though Preston Bookman, Colby Doolittle and Ian Willetts came on in relief of Ryan Stewart they fared little better than the Mid-Carolina starter as the hits kept coming for Irmo.
Mid-Carolina cut the lead to 3-1 after Kaleb Boland scored, but a bevy of Irmo hits led to a 10-1 advantage in the top of the fifth.
The Mid-Carolina All-Stars responded with a flurry of runs in the bottom of the frame thanks to good discipline at the plate.
Harmon Vinson, Hayes Waites, Bryson Collins and Jacob Sease all walked, with Sease driving in Vinson to score one run.
With two outs Preston Bookman walked to drive in Waites. C.C. Boyd hit a clutch two-out double to drive in three more runs, but 10-6 was the closest Mid-Carolina could come in the opener.
Irmo led throughout and won the first game of the best of three series 10-6.
In the Saturday elimination game, Mid-Carolina led 4-2 after two innings but the lead did not hold.
Starting pitcher Kaleb Boland pitched 2 2/3 innings before handing the ball to Colby Doolittle for pitched 1 2/3 innings.
Coach Morgan Sease said the team turned two double plays but otherwise most of the highlights belonged to Irmo.
Irmo tied it at 4 after four innings of play and relied on three home runs on its way to a 14-4 win to take the series.
Sease thanked the community for its support and the crew for having the field in immaculate shape.
“We had a good crowd Friday night and had a good crowd Saturday, too,” Sease said. “Sometimes (coming out on the losing end) is a part of baseball, but, win or lose, I’m really proud of these boys and how hard they play the game.”