Lexington, SC (Connor Radtke) – On Saturday afternoon, the River Bluff Gators met the Dorman Cavaliers on Lander University’s diamond in Greenwood. This was game three of the SC High School League’s 5A baseball championship. Saturday, the series was tied at 1-1 so this game was a winner take all scenario. The Cavaliers from Dorman came out to a screaming lead quickly which allowed them the momentum they needed to a land a 10-point victory over the Gators. In the end, the final score was 14-4 in the Cavaliers’ favor.
The Cavaliers were the away team, and that gave them the opportunity to have the first at bat of the game. Dorman came out scorching hot scoring four runs in the top of the 1st hitting off River Bluff’s starting pitcher #10 Ricky Williams. Williams was finally able to end the scoring frenzy after getting his first strikeout of the game and the third out of the inning to close it. The Gators were given their first chance of the game to hit and the Gators’ leadoff batter, #18 Alex Urban, sent a solo bomb over the right field fence allowing them to earn back a run and a ray of hope. The first inning ended with the board showing 4-1 in favor of Dorman.
The Dorman Cavaliers kept up the intensity in the second inning; starting with a leadoff base hit from Dorman’s #3 Jack Renwick followed by another base hit from #1 Jack Hennessy. A bunt from #8 Matthew Powell left the bases loaded with Cavaliers. Then, big #23 Dylan Rogers stepped up to the plate and sent a rocket over the right field fence for a grand slam, bringing everyone home! River Bluff’s boys were unable to score in the bottom of the second leaving a lopsided scoreboard.
The middle innings went scoreless as each dugout’s pitchers were able to rack up a couple strikeouts apiece. After a lead off base hit in the bottom of the fifth inning from Gators’ #7 Cleburne Gray, the Dorman Cavaliers decided to make a bullpen call and change up pitchers. Shortly following the pitching change, the Gators were able to fill up the bases after Gray pegged River Bluff’s #17 Jordan Halliday to earn them a walk. An RBI from #4 Jackson Hannon would put River Bluff in position to score two more runs and leave the fifth inning down 4.
The Cavaliers were not too happy about River Bluff scoring, and in the top of the sixth they were able to earn back two runs and move the score up to 10-4 to show their disdain. The top of the seventh was like having déjà vu from the first with the Cavs in attack mode. Dorman wasn’t willing to leave anything to chance and continued to pour it on in the seventh scoring 4 more runs. River Bluff would be unable to answer those runs and the game would end with 14-4 on the board in favor of Dorman.
Dorman’s #9 Brayden Fowler was instrumental in the win throwing six strikeouts. His teammate, #1 Cameron Ferrell, did his part with three strikeouts of his own. The game was very action packed and an overall great game for both of these elite teams. The Lexington Ledger joins the entire community in congratulating both teams on making it to the championship and would like to wish both teams good luck next season!