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Stingers Close Stinger Invitational With Two Wins


FLORENCE, S.C. (February 26, 2018) – The Florence-Darlington Technical College Stingers beat Brunswick and Cecil during the final weekend of the 2018 Stinger Invitational.

The Tech Stingers kicked off the second weekend of the tournament with a 5-4 win over Brunswick on Friday. Blake Whiting earned the win in relief pitching. Whiting pitched for one inning and only allowed a hit.

Harrison Hawkins of Bishopville had the game-winning hit in the bottom of the seventh to break the 4-4 tie. Hawkins was 2-4 with a run batted in. Dax Roper was 2-2 with two bases reached on balls and two runs. Cross Holfert also had a hit and two runs scored as well.

On Saturday, the Tech Stingers beat Cecil 14-4 at Sparrow Stadium. Tanner Mann won the game on the mound as he pitched for 2.2 innings, striking out a batter and only allowing a hit.

Pageland’s Dante Blakeney was 2-3 with two runs batted in and three runs scored. Ed’Zaviah Paul of Florence had four runs batted in.

During the second game on Saturday, the Tech Stingers lost 3-2 to Walters State. Mark Leonard suffered the loss on the mound after pitching for six innings. Leonard did however, strike out eight batters, but four hits and an error were allowed.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Tech Stingers had the winning run at the plate, but the team came up just short of a victory. Hawkins drove in Blakeney for the team’s only run of the night.

The Tech Stingers lost to Brunswick 5-3 on Sunday to conclude this year’s Stinger Invitational. Nash Jamison struck out four batter, but he ultimately suffered the loss on the mound with 4.1 innings pitched that included six hits and two errors.

Once again, the Tech Stingers had the winning run at the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning, but the team couldn’t capitalize on the opportunity. Hawkins was 1-1 with a run. Blakeney was 1-1 with a run batted in, and Josh Gregory added a run batted in as well.

The Tech Stingers are now 10-5 on the season. They will host Pitt Community College on Saturday and Sunday in a four-game series at Old Cormell Field. Saturday’s doubleheader will begin at 1 p.m., while Sunday’s doubleheader will get underway at 12 p.m.

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