For the second year in a row, River Bluff’s baseball team will compete for the SCHSL AAAAA Baseball State Championship. The best-of-three series will begin at the baseball stadium in The Swamp, as the Gators will host the Upper State Champs, Dorman Cavaliers on Saturday, May 12th at 7:00 pm. The second game of the series will take place at Dorman High School in Roebuck, SC on Tuesday. A third game, if needed, will occur at a neutral site.
River Bluff comes steamrolling into the state final, after an impressive victory over cross-town rival Lexington on Wednesday night. The Gators won the game 4-0 off of a superb pitching performance by Grant Brittingham (6-1), who went the distance, pitching a complete game shutout with 8 strikeouts and 4 hits. Noah Lebron went 2-for-3 with a solo homerun and Hunter Garris hit 1-for-2 with a double and 2 runs batted in. The win, though, was most definitely a team effort, as it has been all season. Different players have stepped up at different times all season when their team has needed them, whether at the plate, in the field, on the mound, or in the dugout.
With the win, the River Bluff-Lexington baseball rivalry added another storied chapter and again showcased the amazing talent level in this part of the state. More importantly, though, the Gators are headed back to the AAAAA State Championship, where they went 1-2 against Northwestern in a thrill ride of a series last year. The Gators are certainly looking to take that one last step this time around, and actually bring home the Championship trophy to River Bluff.
Their opponent will be Dorman High School. The Cavaliers, a fellow NaturChem Baseball Tourney participant, took two games on Wednesday to oust T.L. Hanna, dropping the first matchup 13-15 and winning the final game 5-2. The last time Dorman made an appearance at the State Championship was in 2006, and they won it all (4A) in 1971. Still, the school is no stranger to state championships, playing for the 5-A football, basketball, and now the baseball title this year.
Tickets will be $6 each and passes are not valid for the series.
Let’s have another amazing crowd and atmosphere at The Swamp on Saturday! Go Gators!