HANAHAN -- The Hanahan Hawks couldn't have picked a better time to start playing their best baseball.
Ryan Manore hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and drove in six runs, and Kyle Dyson pitched five shutout innings to lead the Hawks past Marion, 12-0, Saturday night in the Class AA Lower State semifinals at Hanahan High School.
The Hawks will take on Bishop England -- a 4-2 winner over Waccamaw -- on Monday at 6 p.m. at Bishop England.
"We made the plays we had to make tonight, and when you do that, you're going to be in every game," said Hanahan coach Brian Mitchell. "We swung the bats pretty well and we played good defense and got some great pitching from Kyle. It was a solid all-around game.
"We're starting to play better. We had a little slump in the middle of the season, but we've started to play better here lately and it's a good time of year to start playing well."
Manore's grand slam ended the game in the fifth inning on the 10-run mercy rule.
Dyson did his part on the mount, allowing just a second-inning single. Dyson showed excellent control throughout, walking just one batter, while striking out five.
"My changeup was working pretty good all game and my fastball was moving a little bit," Dyson said. "I had some trouble getting my curveball over for strikes, but it got better as the game went on. I was hitting my spots with the fastball all night."
The Hawks broke open the game with three runs in the third inning.
Hanahan added four runs in the fourth with Manore's two-run shot to right field leading the way.
"Pitcher hung a curveball over the middle of the plate on the first home run and then I got a fastball on the outside of the plate on the grand slam," Manore said. "I was just fortunate to make good contact on both pitches."
The Hawks will have little time to celebrate as they get ready to take on their rivals in Bishop England.
"If it was up to me I would play Bishop England every game," Mitchell said. "They bring out the best in us and I feel like we do the same with them."
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