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Younger Green Wave expects to contend for 8-AAAAA title

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Summerville – As he attempts to put his team in contention for a region title and extended playoff run, Summerville head baseball coach Bo Charpia will have to navigate around some youth this spring.

Charpia is replacing five full-time starters and two key starting pitchers from last year’s 21-8 team that won a region title. Younger arms will be called upon, as will a host of talented underclassmen in the lineup.

“We have some new guys out there but they are all talented players who work hard,” Charpia said. “Pitching is a concern but they just need some experience. We have good arms.”

 The ace of the pitching staff is senior southpaw AC Heaton, who won seven games last season and possesses impeccable command of several pitches.

“He competes every time he goes out and gives us a chance to win,” Charpia said.

The staff lost Daniel Lloyd and Daylen Powell from last year’s team. Lloyd is now pitching at South Carolina while Powell left school early to begin a football career at Western Kentucky.

Juniors Sean O’Brien and Ahmad Tucker will see plenty of time on the mound, as will senior Jordan Loving, who starts at first base as well. Junior Brody Hopkins, an outfielder and College of Charleston commit, also will get starts on the bump.

The Green Wave will be set behind the plate with sophomore prospect Cole Messina. Messina has already committed to South Carolina and is proving to be one of the top power hitters in the state. Messina belted seven homeruns in a week earlier this month.

Hopkins, Heaton and Loving also will be among the top hitters this spring. Senior Brodie Blanton, who can play middle infield or in the outfield, is another key offensive threat at the top of the order.

Sophomore Brandon Powell and junior TJ Tillman will work at third base. Sophomore Lane Tobin is getting early time in the middle infield, along with senior Ethan Shaw.

Working in the outfield with Hopkins and Blanton is returning seniors Tyler Filorimo and Pedro Rios.

“We have a scrappy team with many young players that should get better as the year progresses,” Charpia said. “We will be much better come playoff time but we may start slow. We do have veteran leadership in key spots and we should gel as the year goes on.”

Summerville began the season with a 2-2 showing in the I.P. Classic, beating Georgetown and Riverside and taking losses to A.C. Flora and Bishop England.

The Wave is 3-1 in region play, splitting with Ashley Ridge and taking a pair of games from Stall. They also have a non-region win over James Island and a non-region setback to Wando for a 6-4 record overall as of March 21.

The softball team, coached by Heather Tucker, is expected to be a competitive group this spring. Tucker has a young but talented squad doing battle early. The Wave won their first five games of the regular season before taking a pair of close, competitive losses to Cane Bay and Berkeley.

Freshman Carson Shaw is handling pitching duties this spring while also providing a power bat in the middle of the batting order. Mikayla Goodwin is back as the team’s starting catcher.

McKenzie Bailey is starting at first base while senior Sarah Barnhill is starting at second. Zoey Frasier starts at shortstop and Hailey Hill starts at third base.

Patrolling the outfield are Savannah Koester in right, McKenzie Overton in center and Maddy Keefer in left. Shelby Mazzell also sees action for the Wave.

Summerville opened region 8-AAAAA play on March 22 against defending league champion Ashley Ridge.

Boys tennis off to good start

The Summerville boys tennis team opened region 8-AAAAA play with a pair of victories and sports a 6-5 overall record as of March 21.

The Green Wave notched an impressive 4-3 win over area rival Pinewood Prep as well in the first month of the season.

Thomas McGinnis is playing number one singles this spring, followed by eighth-grader Sam Dimuzio at number two singles.

Dontrell Whetsell handles three singles and Rahi Gajjar is playing four singles. Vineel Prathpati rounds out the singles ladder at number five.

While McGinnis and Dimuzio play number one doubles, two partnerships have seen playing time at the number two doubles slot. Spicer Pagan has teamed with William Wimberly, while Kordell Whetsell has teamed with Max Taylor.

Soccer teams begin region play

The boys and girls soccer teams have started region play, each picking up an early league win.

The boys team is 6-4-1 overall heading into a March 22 game against West Ashley. The Green Wave are led by captains Jesus Alarcon (striker), Tommy Dame (midfielder) and John Grant (defender).

Senior Cooper Kelly and junior Breon Riley are key offensive threats this spring. Kelly recently recorded a hat trick against Cane Bay while Riley scored four goals in a win over Berkeley.

Junior Sam Rasner and junior Nolan Jackson are two other key returners.

The girls team won four of their first 10 outings, including a 1-1 start in region play. Returning team captains include senior Reagan Gregory, junior Brynn Brusseau and junior keeper Kayla Tucker.

Juniors Hannah McVicker and Emma Sipple are also returning starters from last season. Sophomores Alivia Murphy, Taylor Neville and Sophie Sompayrac also return with experience.

Freshmen Eliza Blackwell, Julianna Griffin and Sandra Brennan are making early impacts.

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