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Oceanside Collegiate High School

Landsharks ready to compete for state title in Class AA

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Mt. Pleasant – As he approaches his 900th career victory, Oceanside Collegiate baseball coach Jerry Stoots has bigger and better things on his mind these days.

Now that his three-year old program has become eligible for region titles and postseason play in the South Carolina High School League, the veteran head coach is ready to see how his team fares with hardware to play for.

The Landsharks went 16-7 last season and Stoots has several key performers back this spring. The early results have been solid as Oceanside is off to a 4-1 start.

“We are looking for overall improvement record-wise and I think we can compete well in our region,” Stoots reports. “We have a good group of experienced players that provide quality depth at almost all positions. We have good pitching depth.”

Senior Nick Hyde, a Western Carolina commit, anchors the pitching staff, along with junior T.J. Provenzano, who was 3-2 with a 1.83 earned run average last season. Provenzano earned two of the team’s four wins to open the season.

Junior Cooper Gaskins added two wins last year and junior Gray Sobel posted three pitching wins.

Hyde also returns as one of the leading hitters, posting a .395 average with 25 runs and 15 RBI’s last spring. Sobel hit .348 with 22 runs and 20 RBI’s while junior Darren Kraft, the third baseman, hit .328 with 16 RBI’s a year ago. Kraft had eight RBI’s in the first five games of this season.

Senior Brandon Schultz, a catcher and outfielder, will return as a key offensive threat after hitting .333 with 27 runs scored a year ago. Schultz had seven hits and seven runs batted in through the first five games of this season.

Senior Jack Mahoney returns at first base and junior Grant Harris had 16 RBI’s as the designated hitter.

Sophomore Isaac Barney will be one of several newcomers that should provide immediate help as an outfielder and pitcher. Barney picked up six hits in the first five games of the season. Sophomore outfielder Joey Cradock tallied eight RBI’s in the first five games of this season.

Juniors Aiden Pourmaghadam, Bransen Eppes and Nick Moylan are also expected to contribute, along with sophomore pitcher Scott Templeton.

 Oceanside will be the favorite in region 6-AA this spring, with Philip Simmons and Timberland expected to challenge for the second spot in the league.

 

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