A day after earning a spot on the Class 5A South Carolina Baseball Coaches All-State team, Dorman’s Tanner McCallister showed why. McCallister allowed one hit over 5 1/3 scoreless innings as the Cavaliers defeated River Bluff 7-0 Wednesday night at Ronnie J. Sims Field.
The win pulls Dorman even in the best-of-three 5A state championship series. The deciding game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at Lander University.
“Tanner gave us another unbelievable performance. I think that puts him at 10-0 on the year,” Dorman coach Jack Jolly said. “We had much better at-bats tonight (than in the 9-1 loss in Game 1). I’m just real proud of the way we bounced back.”
McCallister got plenty of offensive support from his teammates, including cleanup hitter Dylan Rogers. The junior, who’s committed to Kentucky, went 3-for-3 with two home runs, a triple, three runs scored and three RBIs.
Rogers got the offense rolling in the first. With two outs, Rogers hammered a pitch over the head of River Bluff rightfielder Jordan Halliday for a run-scoring triple. Russell Parry followed with a single to score Rogers, staking the Cavs to a 2-0 lead after one.
“That was big for us. When we can score early, that really helps us settle in,” Jolly said. “Dylan Rogers had a night to remember for sure.”
With two out in the third, Rogers hit another shot to right. This time, Halliday got to the ball appearing to make a great catch over the fence. But, after making contact the ball slipped away and stayed over for a home run.
Dorman added three more runs in the fourth on an RBI-single by Hunter Pruitt and a two-out, two-run single by Hunter Smith. Rogers capped the scoring when he led off the sixth with another bomb, this one a no-doubt home run to left.
The only hit McCallister allowed traveled about 15 feet on a swinging bunt in the third, but River Bluff made him work. McCallister, who had three strikeouts and three walks, was pulled after 89 pitches with one out in the sixth. Fellow All-State player Jack Hennessy came on and recorded the last five outs to preserve the shutout.
By departing with less than 90 pitches, McCallister would be allowed to pitch on Monday if Saturday’s game happens to be postponed by rain.