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Bishop England High School
Daniel Island

Darnell looking for more consistency from Bishops

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Daniel Island—The Bishop England baseball team has been a perennial power for years, but after winning the past two Class AAA state championships, the Bishops have not had the kind of start that head coach Mike Darnell had hoped.

The team is 5-3 overall and 2-0 in conference play after sweeping Manning, but the three losses are already more than the team had during the entire 2018 season.

“A lot of times I’ve had to tell them that they seem like a team that has won two state championships and are content and happy. It’s been a struggle. We only have three guys who have significant playing time at the varsity level, so it’s been as much a mental challenge as a physical challenge for some of those guys. We’ve had some bright spots but also a lot of low spots,” Darnell said.

Leading the way for Bishop England are its three veterans – pitcher/first baseman Geoffrey Gilbert, a Clemson signee, third baseman and Old Dominion commit Chris Dengler, and shortstop Corey Cochran.

“For the most part, they have (been leaders). Chris is really hitting the ball well and Geoffrey is solid on the mound. Corey has come a long way in his maturation process over the last couple of years. Overall, the three of them are solid. We need to get the other guys to lean in the right direction,” Darnell said.

Other players seeing time in the lineup at this point include catcher Jarren McCoy, first baseman/pitcher Danny Brooks, second baseman Doom Dennis, centerfielder Chase Loggins, catcher/pitcher William Anderson, pitcher Adam Salmorin, and outfielders John Regan, Matthew Turisk, Colby Searson and Nathan Abdou.

Also on the roster are Elliott Sanders, Quinn DeWitt, Will Daniel, Sean Hollister, Kyle Castleberry and Joey Walton.

 Bishop England will need consistent effort from the entire lineup to bring home another region championship, as they still have series with Academic Magnet, Waccamaw, Georgetown and Hanahan.

“It’s going to be a grind every week. I don’t anticipate being able to show up and just beat anybody. If there’s ever a year to be as cliché as ‘one game at a time,’ it would be this year. We could finish as far as fourth if we don’t play well. You just never know what you’re going to get with this team, day in and day out,” Darnell said.

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