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Hilton Head Christian High School

HHCA baseball needs youth to step up in 2019

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Hilton Head – After finishing with a solid 19-5 record in 2018, Hilton Head Christian Academy baseball coach Matt Smith has some holes to fill this spring.

Smith has a handful of proven veterans back to shoulder the leadership load but says some underclassmen will have to provide depth as the season progresses.

“We have some good baseball players returning but we do lack depth,” the coach reports. “We are solid offensively but lack pitching depth. We will need (some young guys) to improve on throwing strikes.”

The Eagles are out of the gate this spring with mixed results, winning three of their first five games. But the potential for growth is evident and the team should improve with more game experience.

The top returning player to the squad this season is senior Dargan Cherry, who works as a catcher and designated hitter. Cherry, a 6-2, 180-pounder, is a returning all-state player and a two-time all-region pick. He was the region player of the year as a sophomore.

Sophomore Reese Malon will anchor the pitching staff. Malon was 6-0 on the mound last season.

Junior shortstop Daniel Harrington is a stellar defender with good speed and senior Max Lowery returns at third base and could see spot duty behind the plate as well. Jacob Zook, Ethan June and Max Arraj are the other seniors on the roster.

Freshman Jackson Lanier shows promise in centerfield and eighth-grader Jake Richardson will earn work on the mound. Freshman Elijah Minton will likely start in left field and junior Clay Holmberg is working at first base.

Sophomore Jacob Eady also will get his work on the mound during the season.

Rounding out the square are sophomores Jaxon Arraj and Luke Heitman, and freshman JT Boyd.

The golf and tennis teams also look to improve and make a run at state championships later this spring.

 The tennis team is very young this spring. Sophomore Davis Phillips and junior Camden Lutes are the top two singles performers. The rest of the lineup is comprised of eighth-graders Whitt Beebe and Mason Maine, and seventh-graders Walker Mikkelson, Bradlee Anderson, Trace Taylor and Gage Zatalokin.

Seniors Danny Azallion and JD Patterson lead the way on the golf team. Both are two of the top players in SCISA.

Freshman Sean Engler and eighth-grader Hudson Buck are top four performers on the team as well.

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