Fort Mill pitcher Andrew Tomasovich could have wilted with frustration in the bottom of the third.
In that inning, the left-hander recorded the first two outs with strikeouts, but encountered a bit of turbulence with walk, single and a hit-batter to load the bases. The inning continued with an RBI-walk to Jacob Ramsey for a 1-0 York lead.
Tomasovich, however, took a deep breath and was able to record the third out with a fly-out to shallow right field.
Otherwise, his performance was nearly impeccable with a 15-strikeout performance to ignite the Yellow Jackets to a 5-1 Region 3-AAA victory over the Cougars.
"I just stayed calm," Tomasovich, a junior, said of the third inning. "I had the trust and support of a good defense behind me, and I just wanted to put the ball over the plate."
Tomasovich recorded at least two strikeouts in six of his seven innings. His performance was matched by a solid effort from York junior right-hander, Darius Good, who recorded 10 strikeouts in six innings.
Throw in another strikeout from Cougar reliever Stephen Hoffman and the three pitchers combined for 26 strikeouts while allowing 10 hits.
"Andrew pitched well all year," Fort Mill coach Brad Mercer said about his left-handeder, who improves to 6-0 this season. "That was a gutsy performance. He did a good job overcoming adversity, and he did not let the little things bother him."
Cougar coach Scot Kiggans was equally impressed with the performance of his starter.
"Darius went out and did what he had to do," Kiggans said. "We kept battling, and we always tell our guys to never quit. However, Fort Mill is a team that you cannot afford to make any mistakes."
That mistake was a two-out throwing error from third to first base, which resulted in another error to bring two Yellow Jackets runners across the plate. That turned a 2-1 Fort Mill lead into 4-1 edge in the top of the fifth.
With the way Tomasovich was dominating on the mound, the Cougars were suddenly facing even tougher odds to bounce back from the three-run deficit. The Fort Mill lead grew in the top of the sixth when Zac Frye belted an RBI-single to score Garrett Ray.
Good was lifted in the final inning for reliever Hoffman.
"All I did was to try and throw strikes and let the defense do the work behind me," Good said of his 10-strikeout performance.
With the victory, the Yellow Jackets remain in the driver's seat in Region 3-AAA with an 8-0 record and 11-3 overall mark. York drops to 3-4 and 8-9, respectively.
FORT MILL 5, YORK 1
Fort Mill: Andrew Tomasovich (7) and Garrett Ray. York: Darius Good (6), Stephen Hoffman (1) and Will Benfield. WP: Tomasovich 6-0. LP: Good.
Leading Hitters: Fort Mill-Alex Farrow 1-for-3 2B; Cody Moody 1-for-3; Zac Frye 1-for-3 RBI. York-Darius Good 1-for-3, Tucker Griffin 1-for-3, Keith Davis 2-for-3 2B; Jacob Ramsey RBI.
Records: Fort Mill 11-3; York 8-9