Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Goose Creek Post 166 was denied a guaranteed spot in the American Legion state tournament by Murrells Inlet last week.
Murrells Inlet Post 178 swept a second round series between the two teams, finishing off Goose Creek with a 7-4 victory on Wednesday at GCHS. Murrells Inlet scored five runs in the top of the ninth inning to take the victory.
“That inning got away from us,” said Post 166 coach Dave Holt, whose team dropped to 20-10. “Good teams will usually take advantage of it.”
The loss to Murrells Inlet dropped Post 166 into a one-game play-in situation, with the winner earning the fourth seed from the Lower State for the eight-team state tournament in Sumter July 26-31 at Riley Park.
Murrells Inlet won two of the three games against Goose Creek in the ninth inning. An unearned run late was the difference in a 9-8 victory in Game 1.
In Game 2, Murrells Inlet won 11-4.
It also didn’t help Post 166 in the series that multiple players missed games for various reasons.
“We need to be full strength if we’re going to be competitive,” Holt said. “Here and there we were kind of short some guys. One or two guys can make a difference for you. It gives you a better shot if you have all your guys.”
Christian Sillanpaa had two hits in the last game and scored a pair of runs. Austin Timm had one hit but it was a home run. Cody Smith’s one hit was an RBI double.
Mikey White and Chris Zurcher also had hits for Post 166.
Tyler Rio was the losing pitcher for Goose Creek, giving up four hits and three runs while only getting one out in the ninth.
He took over with a 4-2 lead but inherited a jam when Zurcher walked the first two batters of the inning. Zurcher had thrown three scoreless innings of relief before the ninth.
He was credited with the first two runs in the last inning.
Taylor Morrison was solid in the start, going five innings. He scattered five hits and allowed two runs while striking out three.