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First Baptist High School
Charleston

First Baptist baseball wins region; golf plays in state tournament

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Charleston – The First Baptist School baseball team, coached by King Walker, knocked off Pinewood Prep in a third and deciding game of the regular season series to claim the region 3-AAA championship.

The victory sent the Hurricanes into the SCISA AAA state playoffs as a number one seed. First Baptist opened the playoffs with a best-of-three series with Cardinal Newman of Columbia.

After winning the opening game of the series, the Hurricanes dropped game two and game three to end their season.

Senior Max Walker led the charge for the Hurricanes this season. Walker was named the region 3-AAA Player of the Year by the league’s coaches. He posted a 6-0 record on the mound with four shutouts and a 1.69 earned run average. Walker also hit .338 on the season.

King Walker was tabbed as the Coach of the Year, guiding the Hurricanes to an 11-3 record.

Also, earning first-team all-region honors were senior Taylor Sawyer and juniors Cody Roberts and Chad Harle. Senior Jack Dragon was an honorable mention selection. Sawyer batted .350 this season while Roberts batted .451. Harle added a .345 average and was 5-2 with two saves on the mound. Dragon added a 1.14 earned run average while batting .276.

The First Baptist boys’ golf team earned the right to play in the SCISA AAA state tournament at the Hackler Course in Conway in late April.

The state tournament was originally scheduled for a two-day, 36-hole event but bad weather forced the cancellation of the first round. Thus, the tournament was reduced to an 18-hole event. First Baptist finished 11th overall in the team standings.

Regan Stoll was the top player in the tournament for the Hurricanes, posting a round of 78. Taylor Sawyer was the second scorer with a round of 88 and Matthew Allen posted a round of 92. Rounding out the First Baptist contingent were Braden Keisler (106) and Evan Keisler (108).

The boys’ soccer team qualified for the AAA state tournament. The Hurricanes faced defending state champion and top-seeded Cardinal Newman in the first round, suffering a loss and ending their season.

 

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