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Colleton Prep High School
Walterboro

Warhawks off to great start in baseball, softball

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Walterboro – A month into the 2019 season and the Colleton Prep Academy baseball and softball teams are looking like state title contenders.

The baseball team, coached by Cody Mincey in his second season, opened the season with five straight wins before dropping a game to Williamsburg Academy on March 19. The Warhawks have scored 72 runs in their first six games, including 15 runs against Patrick Henry Academy, 21 runs against Andrew Jackson, 18 runs against Clarendon Hall and 11 runs against Jefferson Davis Academy.

The bats have been on fire early as the team posts a .341 batting average. They also belted eight homeruns in the first six games, most in SCISA to date.

Sophomore Kyle Hooker has blasted three long balls while picking up 10 hits, 10 runs scored and 11 RBI. Junior Jordan Crosby has 10 hits, two homers and 10 RBI in the first six games. Junior Mason Jolly has six RBI early and junior Connor Morris has seven hits in six games. Morris teams with second baseman Pete Peters to give the Warhawks a solid middle infield defensively.

“We worked really hard in the weight room. I can definitely see a difference in our players and I think it will help us this season,” Mincey said.

The pitching has been stellar as well with a team earned run average of 2.14. Hooker has tossed 10 innings with 19 strikeouts so far. Brad Strickland has allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings of work while Jesse Murdaugh has a 1.17 earned run average in six innings. Crosby has a 0.91 earned run average in his first 7 2/3 innings of work on the bump.

Colleton Prep missed the state playoffs last season, despite a winning record overall. Mincey expects more this spring.

“I expect us to win more games than we lose. I expect to make the playoffs and I expect this team to make a deep run in the playoffs,” Mincey said. “Our expectations are higher this season. We want to take the next step.”

Colleton Prep’s softball team also is off to a good start, winning their first five regular season games under second-year coach Gabby Bedard.

Leading the way again this season are veteran seniors Anne Garrett Carter and Meredith Ware, who share most of the pitching duties and also rate as key offensive leaders at the plate.

Langley Harter and Weslin Jones also return with extensive playing experience and also provide consistent offense. Haley Bootle, Taylor Tomedolskey and Mollie Warren also have gotten off to good starts at the plate.

 

 

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