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PATRIOTS ADVANCE TO SEMI-FINAL ROUND

By: Gerald Doolittle

Special Writer

Johnston, S.C. –After defeating Jefferson Davis Academy in the quarterfinal round 2 games to 0, the Wardlaw Academy Patriots of Coach Vic Radcliffe are heading to the SCISA Baseball Class A semi-final round to face the defending Champions from Holly Hill Academy.

The Patriots beat out Northside Christian for the SCISA Region 1-A title. They enter the semi-final round of the playoffs with an overall record of 13-6. This is the best start for the Patriots in a number of years.

The Patriots success this season has been the result of a strong pitching staff. Chandler Johnson (so) has led the way with an ERA of 1.41 with 42 strikeouts resulting in 2 wins. Zach Berry (so) comes in with an ERA of 1.77 and 31 strikeouts with 31 strikeouts resulting in 5 wins.

Hammond Manley (sr) has an ERA of 2.62 with 7 strikeouts and 3 wins. Caleb Kemp (jr) has an ERA of 3.70 with 7 strikeouts resulting in 2 wins. Bailey Goldman (so) and Chase Miller (so) have contributed to the pitching.

Britt Gossett (jr) has led the hitting attack with a .390 average for 11 RBIs, 15 stolen Bases scoring 13 runs. Kemp has batted .240 for 7 RBIs, 19 runs and 11 stolen bases. Goldman has batted .240 for 7 RBIs, 10 runs and 1 stolen base.

Manly with his .190 average has 5 RBIs, 19 runs and 21 stolen bases. Berry with his .200 average has 11 RBIs, 17 runs and 3 stolen bases. Johnson when playing centerfield has a .130 average for 5 RBIs, 10 runs and 8 stolen bases.

Morgan Burgess (jr), Mason Burgess (so), Reid Gossett (fr) and Scott Saxon (sr) have a combined 10 RBIs, 21 runs and 21 stolen bases.

 At this writing the Patriots will play first game of semi-finals at Holly Hill Academy on Monday 5/8 with game two at Wardlaw on 5/9. The third game if necessary at Holly Hill on 5/11. The winner of this series will play for championship against the winner of the Dorchester Academy vs Patrick Henry Academy series.

 

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