HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Mykal Mack pitched a two-hit shutout with four strikeouts and three picked off runners at first base as the Hartsville Red Foxes defeated Marlboro County Wednesday night 11-0 in Region 6 action. The contest was a makeup game from Tuesday’s rain out.
The Red Foxes’ bats were alive as they could be as they pounded out 11 hits, including a triple and three doubles while stealing half-dozen bases.
“I was glad to see that. I think our focus has been on tomorrow (Thursday) night, myself included,” a jubilant coach Tony Gainey said after the game. “I caught myself three times today thinking about North Myrtle Beach and I had to remind the guys, this is the game we have to take care of.”
The Red Foxes lost to North Myrtle, who has yet to drop a region contest. A Red Fox win at home would create a tie at the top of the standings.
“Mykal threw a complete game with 51 pitches and gave up two hits, that’s good,“ Gainey said. “Curve ball was working good. I picked on him; you can’t put people on first base just so you can pick them off.”
Hartsville scored runs in three of its four innings with three runs in the first, two in the second and six in the fourth to invoke the 10-run rule after five innings.
Extra-base hits were garnered by JD Pendergrass with a triple and doubles were hit by Owen Taylor, A’Shani McFarland and Garrett Gainey.
In the RBI department, the Red Foxes were led by Rylan Howle with four RBIs in three at bats.
Hartsville took advantage of five stolen bases and three Bulldog throwing errors on the night.
Because of an impending bad weather forecast for Friday, Hartsville will host North Myrtle Beach Thursday night. First pitch is at 6:30.