SUMTER, S.C. − In a game that featured a weather delay of more than three hours, North Augusta scored six runs across the third and fourth innings to earn an 8-6 victory over Florence Green on Thursday at the junior state tournament at Riley Park.
Florence (10-6) will now face the winner of the Sumter/Ship 71 game that was scheduled to be played late Thursday evening. That game is set for 7 p.m. on Friday with North Augusta facing Hartsville earlier in the day at 4 p.m.
The contest was knotted 1-1 in the bottom of the third when heavy rainfall forced a delay. When the teams returned, a Florence error, two walks and a two-run single by Chase Tillman put NA in the lead for good as it turned out.
Up 4-2 in the bottom of the fourth, North Augusta added to its advantage with an RBI double from Austin Harrell and an RBI single from Thomas Monahon to take a 7-2 lead.
Florence battled back in the fifth with a pair of bases-loaded walks and an RBI groundout from Nic Edick to pull within 7-5. Shannon Jackson's sacrifice fly in the top of the sixth made it 7-6, but NA added an insurance run on Tillman's single to cap the scoring in the bottom of the frame.
Jayden Earle led Florence at the plate, going 3 for 4 with a run scored. Edick added two hits and an RBI while Jackson drove in a pair.