Backed into a corner, Fort Mill is still punching to try and make the playoffs.
Fort Mill captured a big win last Friday 9-2 over Lancaster to bring its record to 10-9 overall and 4-6 in Region III-AAAA. The win comes on the heels of Fort Mill dropping two of three in the Rocky Mount Invitational Baseball Tournament over spring break in Rocky Mount, N.C.
"We just couldn't put anything together," said head coach Brad Mercer. "Today, we put it all together. We kept swinging it."
With one week left in the regular season and three Region III-AAAA games left, Fort Mill is still fighting for its chance to make the playoffs.
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"We are playing one game at a time," Mercer said. "That is the only thing we can do."
Against Lancaster, Fort Mill's Charlie McCready improved to 5-2 on the year going four innings and allowing two runs on five hits while walking just one and striking out four.
Fort Mill scored two runs in each of the first two innings. The first runs came off the bat of senior Garrett Koster, who hit a two-run home run in the first inning.
In the second inning, junior Eli Windham, who went 2-3 with an RBI, singled to start things and was followed by senior catcher Michael Baker, who also singled. Senior Shane Whitman scored Windham on a sacrifice fly and junior Tyler Miller knocked in junior Danny Till, who was pinch running for Baker.
Windham came in to relieve McCready and went three innings, allowing no hits and just one walk while striking out four.
The Jackets added five runs in the fifth and cruised from there. Sophomore Alex Tomasovich, who went 1-3 smacked a key double in the fifth to start the scoring as he drove in two. Baker, Windham and Whitman all had RBI singles in the inning.
In the Rocky Mount tourney, Fort Mill opened things up with a 2-1 loss to Northern Nash High, getting only one hit as senior Garrett Copeland went 1-3.
Nash opened the game in the first with a run and then won the game in the eighth inning with another run.
Fort Mill also fell 14-4 to Rocky Mount, the eventual winners of the tournament. Senior Jonathan Romano went 2-2 with a home run and two RBIs, but Rocky Mount collected 16 hits in the win and Fort Mill allowed a seven run second inning..
The only win Fort Mill got was against Southern Nash, 9-4. Copeland picked up the win on the mound and Fort Mill's bats woke up as they got 10 hits.
Miller, who was named to the All-Tournament team, went 3-3 with a double, triple and three RBIs. Koster went 2-4 and senior John Reid went 1-4 with a triple and two RBIs.
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