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Cane Bay High School
Summerville

Cobras win 22 games, region championship

 

By Rob Gantt

Special to the HSSR

 

SUMMERVILLE – The Cane Bay Cobras rose to the top of Region 8-AAAA this spring, winning their third region crown since 2011.

Overall, the won 22 contests and coasted through Region 8-AAAA foes with a perfect 10-0 record.

For the 2018-20 SCHSL realignment, the Cobras move up to Region 7-AAAAA.

“We have a chance to be a very good team that can compete in AAAAA next year,” Cane Bay coach Shane Todd said. “We should be better offensively than this year due to the number of guys returning with significant at-bats and we will be more athletic from top to bottom in the lineup.  We also have some young guys that will be coming up from the junior varsity and maybe even the B-Team who will compete for spots next year.”

This season was the last for seniors Dylan Harley, Braydon Craven, Luke Page, Jacob Rose, Trey Thacker, Keith Christensen, Brad Harrel, Jalen Singleton, Steven Dutton and Aaron Winn.

Harley, who finished 8-0 with a 0.65 earned-run average, led the state with 111 strikeouts in 54 innings. He is headed to USC as a walk-on. Craven was the No. 2 pitcher and finished up with a 5-2 mark and 2.01 ERA. Rose, Page and Thacker were regular starters, with Rose leading that group with a .308 batting average and 16 RBIs.

“Losing these guys and the leadership the other seniors provided this year will be a tough task,” Todd said. “The good news for us is that we will return the bulk of our lineup and several players that provided some innings on the mound for us in some tough situations.”

Infielder Gabe White and outfielder Tyler Pruitt will be the top players returning statistically. White had a .369 batting average with 25 RBIs, with Pruitt just behind at .360 and 23 RBIs. White also stole a team-high seven bases and Pruitt led the squad with 27 runs scored. Trey Ricker, the designated hitter, batted .328 with 15 walks, 22 RBIs and a team-high eight doubles.

Outfielder Gannon Honea and infielder Adam Jordan were at .303 and .302 respectively. Infielder Kristofer Blanco batted .292 and had the squad’s lone two home runs of the spring. Noah Panezich hit .277 with 14 RBIs and was the toughest Cobras batter to strikeout.

Jordan and John Shelton will be the two most experienced pitchers returning.

Combined they were 7-2.

 

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