Thursday, April 18, 2013
Picked to finish fifth in the preseason, the Cane Bay High baseball team clinched second-place in the region 7-AAAA standings with a 2-0 win over Wando in the regular season finale on Wednesday night.
Senior right-hander Austin Timm allowed two hits and won his third consecutive start to pace Cane Bay, which improved to 10-12 overall and finished region play with a 5-3 record.
Timm improved to 3-2 and extended his scoreless innings streak to 19 1/3 innings in Cane Bay’s second win over Wando this season.
West Ashley won the region seven title with a 6-2 record. Cane Bay and Wando finished with 5-3 records but Cane Bay earned the second seed by virtue of the season sweep. Stratford and Goose Creek failed to qualify for the postseason.
In the win over Wando, senior rightfielder Blaine Peck had two of Cane Bay’s three hits against Wando ace Michael Carpin, who struck out 11 hitters in the complete game effort. Senior left fielder Justin Shelton had the other hit, a single in the fourth, and scored the first run of the game on a wild pitch. Cane Bay scored again later in the fourth as Michael Morris crossed the plate on another wild pitch.
Timm made the early lead stand, retiring the last nine hitters he faced. He finished the game with four strikeouts. Timm has allowed four hits in his last 14 innings.
“He has been our ace and he has pitched very well late in the season,” said Cane Bay coach Shane Todd. “I’m real proud of this team. We started off slowly but we’ve battled all year. Sometimes it isn’t pretty but we did enough to earn a spot in the playoffs.”
Cane Bay opened the season with a 3-8 record before closing with seven wins in the final 11 games. The Cobras will host a first-round playoff game on April 25, most likely against Ashley Ridge. The two teams split two games during the regular season.