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First Baptist High School
Charleston

Hurricanes building for region run after tough early schedule

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

James Island – First-year head coach Josh Snider held nothing back when scheduling games for his First Baptist Hurricanes in 2019.

The Hurricanes lost their first eight games to public schools, including close losses to Colleton County, Goose Creek and Oceanside Collegiate. Snider, however, says there was a method to his madness when it comes to preparing his team for the more important region schedule.

“I wanted us to play quality competition early, see good pitching and hitting, and prepare us to compete,” said Snider, who served as the junior varsity coach last season. “Our non-region schedule for the entire season is very competitive and I really believe it will make us a better team in the long run.”

After their 0-8 start, the Hurricanes opened their region schedule with a 10-0 win over Northwood Academy. The region schedule includes three-game series with Northwood, Pinewood Prep and Porter-Gaud. The Hurricanes also have remaining non-region games with SCISA AAA state contenders Cardinal Newman, Laurence Manning and Ben Lippen and also will participate in the Hanahan Invitational Tournament.

The makeup of this year’s roster is with experienced players, including five seniors with solid experience on the field. Except for a few transfers, most of the team played last season as well.

On the mound is where Snider feels his team is strongest. Sophomore LT Dantzler heads up the staff as the ace, with seniors Cooper Morillo and Will Haskell, and junior Will Mercer filling in other starting roles. Morillo is a transfer from James Island.

“We have improved greatly since last year,” Snider said. “They are throwing more strikes and competing at a higher level.”

Handling the staff is veteran catcher Chas Urashima, who Snider describes as “a bulldog behind the plate and a great team leader.”

Dantzler and senior Pnut Brown are handling duties at first base. Junior McKay Wilson is at second while junior Lucas Snow is at short. Snow also transferred from James Island.

Haskell and Mercer are sharing duties at third base. Morillo is starting in left while junior Jacques Daughtry is starting in center. Working in right are juniors Johnny McAlister and Cody Crawford.

 Junior Cody Anderson serves as a utility player and is one of the leading hitters early on.

Offensively, Wilson is among the leading hitters with a .420 average. Snow and Dantzler also hit over .300.

“We’re a little behind offensively right now but we have a few guys struggling that we feel will definitely hit for us as we move through the season,” Snider said. “We rely a lot of pitching and defense right now.”

 

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