The North Myrtle Beach Chiefs baseball team won a big conference matchup Tuesday evening, beating visiting Hartsville 4-2 at the North Myrtle Beach sports complex.
The Chiefs started the evening by throwing out a Hartsville runner at the plate in the first inning as he broke from third while the Chiefs were making a throw to first to complete a strikeout in the dirt.
In the bottom of the first Ewin Vasquez hit a single to right and stole second. Colton Kingston walked and Dalton Simpson singled to left to load the bases. Garrett Pearlstein singled in Vasquez. The Chiefs tried a triple steal but Kingston was out at the plate. However, they got a second run in for a 2-0 lead.
Hartsville got a couple of hits in the second but couldn’t score. One runner was picked off and two runners were left on base on a strikeout to end the top of the second. Hartsville went down in order in the third, and a couple of hits were wasted in the fourth helped by some good defensive play, one a diving stop by Cordera and the other a run-saving play at the plate.
Hartsville finally broke through for two runs in the fifth helped out by two infield hits, a NMB fielding error and a passed ball but NMB got out of the inning on a popup to the catcher Fine. The Red Foxes did not score in the sixth or seventh.
The Chiefs put the game away in the bottom of the fourth, manufacturing two runs on walks, a hit batsman, key sacrifices and a Hartsville fielding error. Those two runs put the Chiefs up 4-2, and they didn’t threaten in the fifth or sixth innings but had all the runs they needed for the victory.
The 4-2 win was a big one, since Hartsville came in undefeated in conference play.
The Chiefs baseball team has been on a winning streak since their loss to West Brunswick on March 16. On March 19 the Chiefs traveled to Wilson and won by a 7-4 score. The Chiefs overcame a 4-2 Wilson lead after three innings by scoring two runs in the fourth and fifth innings and a single run in the sixth while holding Wilson scoreless after their early scoring.
Last Thursday the Chiefs traveled to Loris and beat the Lions 24-5. The Chiefs bats erupted for three six run innings (1st, 4th and 5th) and a single run in the second to go along with five runs in the third inning. The Lions were held to two runs in the second, one in the third and two runs in the fourth. The game was called after five innings.
The Chiefs closed out their successful week with a 4-0 shutout win over conference foe Darlington last Friday. The Chiefs got two runs in the first and added a single run in the second and fourth to complete the scoring.
The Chiefs will finish this week’s schedule with a non-conference home matchup with Aynor on Wednesday, March 27, followed by a trip to Marlboro County for a conference game.