Hanahan – Summerville’s bid to make it a Lowcountry sweep in the 48th annual Hanahan Invitational Tournament came up a run short as the Green Wave dropped a 3-2 decision to James Madison of Virginia in the Hatfield Division title game.
Berkeley won the championship of the Steadman Division finals, 6-2, over Nansemond River, Virginia.
Summerville (15-7) saw its nine-game winning streak snapped but the Green Wave have already secured the region 7-AAAAA championship. Summerville has two non-region games remaining, with Sumter and South Aiken. All seven of Summerville’s losses this season have come by one run.
Summerville first-year head coach Bo Charpia was disappointed to lose but says the championship game had the feel of a state playoff game, which should help his team prepare for the upcoming state AAAAA playoffs. Summerville won the AAAA state title last season.
“We had some chances to win the game,” Summerville head coach Bo Charpia said. “A couple of mistakes on the bases cost us tonight but it was a great game. These types of games will hopefully help us in the playoffs. We had a good week though.”
James Madison struck first with a run in the top of the first on Kyle Novak’s RBI single. Novak was named the most valuable player of the Hatfield division.
Summerville tied the game with a run in the top of the fourth. After Jonny Watts reached on an error, Hunter Shaw followed with a double in the gap to left center to score Watts.
James Madison had a big answer in the bottom of the fourth when Jack Kidd blasted a long two-run homerun to center for a 3-1 lead.
Trent Brewster blasted a one out double in the top of the seventh and Bryce Speciale delivered a pinch hit single to put runners on the corners. An error on a pickoff attempt scored Brewster and moved pinch-runner Deonte Geddis to second with the tying run.
Pinch-hitter Daylen Powell walked, Brodie Blanton struck out and Jonny Watts walked to load the bases for Shaw, who grounded to short to end the game.
Junior infielder Johnny Cook led the Green Wave with three hits. Summerville finished the game with nine hits.