Fantastic Four set for Regional

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 29, 2003

One spot remained in the top four as pool play came to a close Tuesday night in the Babe Ruth Southeast Regional Tournament. The final spot would go to the winner of the final game in pool play.

Florida and South Carolina squared off in the deciding game.

South Carolina flicked a switch Sunday night against Opp, but it came too late as Opp built an early lead and held on for a 6-5 victory.

The Cherokee Athletics from Gaffney, S.C. were not about to let that happen again and made sure the switch was flicked on even before the first pitch of the game. It worked for a 4-2 win.

South Carolina starting pitcher Brock White gave himself and his team a 1-0 cushion by scoring in the top of the first. White reached base on a walk and scored on a two-out, RBI-single by Stephen Kaemmerlen.

South Carolina added to its lead in the top of the third when Brett Irvin reached on a two-out single. Brian Oldham entered the game as a pinch runner and scored later in the inning. Oldham moved to second on a stolen base and then scored on another big hit by Kaemmerlen.

Mr. RBI (Kaemmerlen) once again delivered a two-out, RBI-single.

South Carolina had a 2-0 lead going into the fourth and stretched it to 3-0 when Shane Mills was hit by a pitch and came around to score. He stole second and went to third on an error en route to the plate.

Florida attempted a late rally, but came up short scoring one run in the sixth and one in the seventh.

Kaemmerlen did not hit in a run for South Carolina in the sixth - he scored one. He reached base on a single, stole second and went to third on a passed ball. Kaemmerlen was able to score when Bryce Smiley got in a rundown between second and third for a 4-0 lead.

Florida scored in the bottom of the sixth inning when Gabe Peters had a lead-off single and came around to score. He moved to third on a single by Chris Harrison into the gap. Peters scored when Curtis Henker hit into a 4-6 fielder's choice.

Florida got another run in the bottom of the seventh when Sloan Willis was hit by a pitch and came around to score. He moved to second on a wild pitch and went to third on a double by Michael Bane. Willis scored on a sacrifice fly to left by John Rickenbacker to trim South Carolina's lead to 4-2.

White was the winning pitcher going the whole seven innings. He allowed two runs on seven hits and no walks. He struck out nine.


Players on the Eastern North Carolina team were determined to have fun in their final game of the regional and the coaches were more than happy to let them.

The game was even more fun in the late innings when ENC erased a 1-0 deficit for a 5-1 win against Tennessee.

Tennessee went on top 1-0 in the top of the third inning when Brandon Steele reached on a single and came around to score. Jimmy Cole also had a single in the inning.

The ENC rally began in the top of the sixth inning when Josh Maclaga, Ryan Graepel, Brad Piland and Clay Douglas scored. Andrew Pair had an sacrifice fly to plate one run in the inning. Ross Warren had a two-out, RBI-single.

Josh "Urkel" Ashton circled the bases in the top of the seventh for an insurance run as ENC won 5-1. Pair had an RBI fly-out in the inning.

Piland was the winning pitcher allowing one run on five hits in seven innings. He walked one and struck out nine in the win.