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Cheraw High School

Cheraw baseball advances to lower state finals

By Ken Buck

Staff Writer

Cheraw— After season of championships, including a district title, the Cheraw Braves baseball season came to a close when Cheraw fell in the Class lower state finals.

The Braves opened up the post season in District IV with a 19-0 drubbing of CA Johnson. Abbeville was up next, and the Braves won 4-3, sending Abbeville to the losers’ bracket.

In the district finals, Cheraw once again faced Abbeville, needing to only win one out of a possible two to advance to the lower state finals.

Abbeville took game one 7-3 but the Braves rallied in the second match up, winning 7-1 to earn the District IV title.

The lower state championship series, however, was not nearly as kind to Cheraw. After opening up with a big win over Blacksburg in Game One, Game Two took Cheraw to Chesnee. The Braves left far too many men on base early in the game and then couldn’t hold off the home team later in the game, falling in a narrow loss.

In the losers’ bracket, the Braves looked good early one at home against Ninety-Six but fell apart later in the game, losing 9-4 and ending the Braves’ season.

Cheraw ended the season as district champions and region champions with an overall record of 23-8. Head Coach David Byrd was optimistic about the achievements of the team, despite the disappointing end.

“I am very proud of our players and coaches for the hard work and dedication throughout season,” he says. “ I am especially proud of our seniors for not only leading us this year but the great careers they had, averaging 20+ wins a year during their time in program. They will be missed and hard to replace in our program.

I am looking forward to continuing the opportunity to build on the success with our returners and younger players in the program.”

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