PREP BASEBALL

Cavaliers come through with 5-3 victory, force title game in 2A series

By DENNIS BRUNSON
dennis@theitem.com
Posted 5/17/18

Robert E. Lee Academy and Pee Dee Academy will play at Wilson Hall's Baron Field today at 7 p.m. to decide the SCISA 2A baseball state championship.

The Cavaliers forced a third and deciding game in the series with a 5-3 victory on Tuesday in …

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PREP BASEBALL

Cavaliers come through with 5-3 victory, force title game in 2A series

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Robert E. Lee Academy and Pee Dee Academy will play at Wilson Hall's Baron Field today at 7 p.m. to decide the SCISA 2A baseball state championship.

The Cavaliers forced a third and deciding game in the series with a 5-3 victory on Tuesday in Mullins. REL improved to 24-3 on the season, while the Golden Eagles dropped 20-3.

Robert E. Lee took a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning in Tuesday's game. Pee Dee starting pitcher Timmy Felder walked the first five batters of the game, forcing in two runs with bases-loaded walks to Dustin Kennedy and Jenkins McCullum.

The other two runs came in on ground outs by Nick Laney and Austin Windham. The Cavs pushed the lead to 5-0 in the second on a 2-out double by Kennedy.

Even though the Eagles rallied, that would be more than enough for Kennedy on the mound. Kennedy retired the first nine batters he faced and struck out eight batters in six innings. He allowed four hits.

Pee Dee, which won the opener 2-0 on Monday in Bishopville, picked up two runs in the fourth and another in the sixth to pull within 5-3.

Gavin Melton came on in the seventh to retire the Eagles in order and picked up the save.

Pee Dee will be trying to defend its state title. Robert E. Lee, which is in the championship series for the fourth time in five years, is trying to win its first title since 2014.