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Dorchester Academy Defeats Clarendon Hall 9-7 To Gain “Team In Waiting” Status In The SCISA Class A baseball Playoffs

Dorchester Academy Defeats Clarendon Hall 9-7 To Gain “Team In Waiting” Status In The SCISA Class A baseball Playoffs

By Billy G. Baker


Summerton---Dorchester Academy built a 7-1 lead with Clarendon Hall coming to bat in the bottom of the fourth inning, when the Saints exploded for six runs to tie the game, highlighted, by a grand slam from Kylic Horton, but the Raiders rallied late for a hard-fought 9-7 win in the SCISA Class A baseball playoffs.

Dorchester Academy will now host the winner of Clarendon Hall’s home game against Richard Winn on Monday, with the winner of that game needing to beat the Raiders twice on Tuesday to advance to the state title series. Richard Winn Academy eliminated Andrew Jackson Academy with a 5-4-win Friday night.

Brent Jackson, a 2004 Dorchester Academy graduate and former player, is the head coach of the Raiders. “We will have all our pitchers back to throw on Tuesday and we do not really have a clear-cut number one pitcher but the one we have been leaning on lately was the one who started the game tonight Brody Marchant.

“Brody pitched a heck of a game, and even that inning when they scored a bunch of runs, we made some errors that allowed them to load the bases,” said Coach Jackson. “Sometimes you have to make a change when things are not working right and that is what we did.”

Coach Jackson said the team that can catch fire next week between DA, Clarendon Hall and Richard Winn Academy will win the bracket and advance to the Class A finals. Whichever team wins Monday at Clarendon Hall, beating DA twice at their place will be a challenge on Tuesday. “Hopefully, by Tuesday either team we play will burn up some pitching on Monday and hopefully that will work in our favor,” said Coach Jackson.

Coach Jackson said while the team has frequently averaged one bad “error inning” a game he is proud of the over-all effort of his team. He cited the play and leadership of junior catcher Hunter Hartzog, the team’s lead-off batter. “He’s been fighting hard the whole time,” said Coach Jackson in reference to his catcher. “Also, our shortstop Ben Singletary has been really good at the plate hitting.

Brody Marchant (pitcher) and Wyatt Judy (center fielder) have been good senior leaders for us,” said Coach Jackson. “Wyatt hit a grand slam the other night to beat Richard Winn.”  

Clarendon hall assistant coach Mathis told HSSR after the game. “We do have plenty of depth at pitching and we need all of it if we can win three games in two days next week,” he said. “Kylic (Horton) is always clutch for us and he comes to play every game.  We are getting him signed up to play on a summer team out of Pawley’s Island and we think he is both a baseball prospect along with being a football and basketball prospect also.”

Coach Mathis said that starting pitcher Ian Ridgeway had a good outing against DA earlier in the season so the goal was to get three or four innings out of him and then bring in ace Brock Mathis. ” Brock should be able to pitch some on Tuesday if we can get a win on Monday,” said Coach Mathis. “We have Avery Goff and Hayden Griffith still good to go on the mound. We also have Caleb Lee available so we will look at several scenarios before Monday’s game.”       

Dorchester Academy finished the game with seven hits led by Wyatt Judy with three hits and two RBI’s. Dylan Price had a hit and one RBI. Noah Bryant, Ben Marchant, and Hayden Hertzog each had one hit also for the Raiders.

The Raiders were able to use their top three pitchers in the game. Brody Marchant started and he worked 3.1 innings and then was relieved for .02 of an innings by Noah Bryant. Ben Bryant came in over the final three innings of the game and had two strike-outs.

The Saints were led at the plate by Horton who had two hits and four RBIs in the game and made several nice catches in center field. Horton’s grand slam over the left center field fence was his 7th home run of the season. Saints’ shortstop Colt Gibbons played well on defense and he had two hits with one RBI. Other Saints hitters with one hit each included Brock Mathis, Aiden Ragland, Jon McIntosh, Avery Goff, Hayden Griffin, and Jacon Ingram.

Freshman Ian Ridgeway was the starting pitcher for CH and he went 3.1 innings with one strike-out. Brock Mathis, the team’s ace pitcher came in for 3.2 innings and had 5 strike-outs. Goff and Cale Reynolds also saw pitching action in the latter innings of the game.

The score was tied after one inning. In the DA first Hunter Hartzog reached base after being hit by pitch. He later scored on a single by Wyatt Judy to give the Raiders an early 1-0 lead.

Clarendon Hall came back in the bottom of the first and tied the score when a bases loaded walk to Gibbons brought in Mathis who had singled to reach base.

After scoring one run in the third inning, DA exploded for five runs in the top of the 4th inning.  Noah Bryant and Hayden Hartzog laid the groundwork for the big inning with back-to-back singles. This forced a pitching change and Mathis was brought in for Ridgeway. Two batters later Ben Singletary’s ground-out scored Bryant and then Judy singled in Hartzog to give the Raiders a 4-1 lead at that point.  An error on a ground ball by Dylan Price scored two more Raider runs and then Judy singled in Hunter Hartzog who had reached after being hit by pitch to make the score 7-1.

In the bottom of the fourth the Saints sent 11 batters to the plate. Gibbons led off with a single and the next batter Hayden Griffin reached on an error. Two batters later Jacob Ingram reached on an error to load the bases.   Then Horton hit a bomb over the left center field fence to cut the deficit to 7-5. Two batters later Mathis got a single and then stole second. Jon McIntosh then drew a walk. Goff then singled in Mathis to make it a 7-6 DA lead. Two batters later an infield single by Hayden Griffin scored McIntosh to tie the game 7 -7.

In the top of the 6th the Raiders rallied for two runs. Brody Marchant was hit by pitch to reach first and then stole second. Dylan Price reached on a single and he stole second to put runners at second and third. The next batter laid down a bunt that was thrown wide of first base allowing both of the final runs of the game to score giving the Raiders a 9-7 win.

Clarendon Hall had 10 hits in the game while the Raiders had seven.   

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