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South Pointe High School
Rock Hill

South Pointe baseball on cusp of Upper State title

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Rock Hill—There were high expectations coming into the season for the South Pointe baseball team and they haven’t disappointed. The Stallions (24-7) captured a region championship and now sit one victory away from winning the Class 4A Upper State title.

“I’d like to say I knew (this would happen), but you never know. There’s so many variables in baseball, but more importantly, you’ve got to get hot at the right time. These guys really came together as one and it has been an honor to coach them. I knew we could make some noise because of the talent level we had. We’ve been able to get that timely hit, played great defense and gotten good pitching,” head coach Joel Taylor said.

The Stallions had to survive a scare to even get to this point. They dropped a district game to Aiken and had to come through the consolation bracket and defeat the Hornets twice on the road.

A seventh-inning home run from Jake Kurn was the difference in game one as South Pointe edged Aiken, 2-1. The second game wasn’t close as the Stallions ran away, 11-4. Kurn upped his batting average to .321 in the process.

“Really the last half of the season he’s been on fire. He bats sixth for us and the top of the lineup has been very good, but he continues to do well. He’s been an unsung hero for us. He’s a hard worker and deserves everything he’s getting,” Taylor said.

South Pointe knocked off North Augusta and Greenville in the Upper State tournament and will host the finals on May 10 with a berth in the state championship series on the line.

Numerous players have been productive, including second baseman/pitcher Ty Good. The sophomore is hitting .356 with 22 runs scored and 24 RBI while going 6-2 on the mound with a 1.51 earned run average.

Daniel Lipe is 6-2 on the hill as well, with a 3.16 ERA and three saves. Spencer Bala was the Region Pitcher of the Year and has an 8-2 record with a 2.65 ERA. Bala is also batting .333 with two home runs. Trey Prince is 3-0 with a 1.43 ERA.

Catcher Bo Taylor (.386, 31 R, 15 SB) and third baseman Stephen Thompson (.375, 3 HR, 33 RBI) have provided the pop in the middle of the order.

“The great thing about this team is that it’s someone different every night. It’s been a collective team effort,” Taylor said. “So many guys are having great years and our senior leadership has been outstanding.”

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