SUMMERVILLE — Ashley Ridge claimed a 3-1 victory over Summerville on Friday to come out on top of a three-game baseball series.
Green Wave pitcher Bo Gobin threw a no-hitter against Ashley Ridge on Monday in the first game of the series, but Ashley Ridge (9-4, 4-2) won the next two to force a tie for the top spot in Region 8-AAAA.
Summerville (8-4, 4-2) entered the season ranked second in the S.C. Baseball Coaches Association Class AAAA poll.
Ashley Ridge senior Gabe Austin, a College of Charleston signee, only surrendered three hits while striking out 12 in a complete-game victory Friday.
“This is a very big win for us,” Ashley Ridge coach B.J. Bellush said. “Summerville is a very good baseball team. They have great pitching and good coaches, so for us to come over here and win makes me extremely proud of our kids.”
“We were kind of in a funk early in the season but I’m proud of this group for battling back and showing some signs of mental toughness.”
University of South Carolina signee Sawyer Bridges started on the hill for the Green Wave, and Ashley Ridge didn’t string together any hits against him until the top of the seventh inning.
Aaron Miller led off the seventh with a single and then scored on a single by Austin that erased a 1-0 Summerville lead.
Summerville then brought in relief pitcher Rusty Grayson but the Swamp Fox bats were already warm. Freshman Ben Mitchum doubled to drive in Austin for Ashley Ridge’s first lead of the night. After Sam Hazen reached on a fielder’s choice, it looked like Summerville was going to prevent any more damaged with a double play but the official ruled that the Green Wave infielder missed the tag attempt on the runner going to second before he fired to first to get the batter. Instead of it being the third out, Mitchum scored for the 3-1 margin.
Summerville’s run came in the bottom of the fourth inning. Jonny Watts doubled and moved to third on a single by Bridges. Watts then scored on a passed ball.