With both teams sporting camouflage uniforms in support of the military, Nation Ford and Fort Mill High battled for the season series.
The Jackets entered the game with the Region 4-AAA title in hand and ranked No. 1 in the state in Class AAA. Their 7-5 victory Friday capped a perfect 10-0 run in region play.
Jackets coach Brad Mercer said the team has come a long way this season after missing the playoffs for the past three years.
"We have a group of guys that never gave up," Mercer said. "After three years of not making the playoffs, you question what you were doing, but this was the goal from the start of the season."
Fort Mill, which used a three-run sixth inning to break a 4-all tie, was led at the plate by sophomore Kevin Woods, who went 3-3 with two doubles and three RBIs.
Fort Mill junior starter Andrew Tomasovich walked Nation Ford's first batter, Austin Hicks. But Hicks was caught stealing after Greg Burson flied out to leftfield. Tomasovich got the Falcons' Kyle Whitman to ground out to end the inning.
In the bottom of the first, Fort Mill's Alec Therrell singled against his former team to get the Jackets started against Nation Ford starter Cameron Wells. Fort Mill catcher Cody Moody got on with an error by the Falcons' shortstop.
Junior Preston Fry walked to load the bases and a passed ball scored Therrell. Sophomore Kevin Woods' two-run double scored Moody and Fry.
In the top of the third, he Falcons' John Gislason singled with one out for Nation Ford's first hit of the game. Wells then reached on a fielder's choice before Hicks singled to move him to third base. Whitman walked to load the bases. Burson drove in the Falcons' first run, doubling to score Wells. Pittman's bloop single to right field score two runs and tied the game at three.
Nation Ford took the lead on a double steal with Whitman scoring.
Fort Mill tied the game in the bottom of the inning as Woods singled in Fry, who doubled earlier in the inning.
Fort Mill's bats got hot again in the sixth inning.
Woods hit his second double of the game, giving Fort Mill its first hit since the third inning. Junior Garrett Ray's sacrifice scored Woods for a 5-4 Jackets lead.
Senior Kody Hartley singled to score Zac Fry. Two Nation Ford errors allowed Hartley to score and put runners on the corners for Fort Mill.
Wells was removed with the next batter allowing six runs on six hits. He struck out four and walked six.
"Cameron pitched his guts out," said Falcons coach Dell Corley. "I can't fault any of my pitchers this year. They have been gutsy all year long. I am proud of my kids. They battled and showed a lot of composure."
In the top of the seventh, Fort Mill replaced Tomasovich, who allowed eight hits and four runs. He walked five batters and struck out six.
Nation Ford scored once off Fort Mill reliever Nathan Helvey in the top of the seventh on a passed ball.
FORT MILL 7
NATION FORD 5
Cameron Wells, Austin Hicks and Alex Pittman (NF). Andrew Tomasovich, Nathan Helvey and Cody Moody (FM). W - Tomasovich, L - Wells, S - Helvey 2B - Burson (NF), P. Fry (FM), Woods 2 (FM) LOB - Nation Ford 8, Fort Mill 7
Records: Nation Ford 11-8, 5-5 Region 4-AAA; Fort Mill 13-4, 10-0