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Greyhounds race past Mustangs into semifinals
South Effingham fans
Mustangs fans cheer their team on lustily early in Thursday's series finale against the Greyhounds. - photo by Mark Lastinger/staff

GUYTON -- South Effingham fell behind early and couldn't generate any offensive punch during a 6-1 loss to Pope in the quarterfinals of the Class AAAAAA state baseball tournament on Thursday.

SEHS lost the best-of-three series two games to one and ended the season 27-11, tying a school single-season record for wins.

Rain pushed the deciding third game to Thursday and school officials brought in extra bleachers for about 500 students.

But the Mustangs managed only three hits and didn't score until Philip Cooper's fielder's choice grounder brought in Noah Hollis, who led off the inning with a walk.

SEHS left 10 runners on base and was 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position. The Greyhounds pounded 11 hits.

Pope (29-10) advanced to the semifinals against Lassiter. The best-of-three series begins with a doubleheader Monday.