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Cane Bay High School
Summerville

Cobras expect to be in contention in competitive 7-AAAAA

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Summerville – In their first foray into Class AAAAA baseball, a veteran Cane Bay baseball squad expects to be in contention for a playoff berth out of region 7-AAAAA this spring.

The Cobras won region 7-AAAA last season and move up in classification for the first time in 2019. Cane Bay hopes to battle for the region title but the conference is loaded with quality this spring. Stratford, Wando and Berkeley all have equally talented squads.

Things are off to a good start for the Cobras, winners of eight of their first nine games this season. The region slate also has started well with a pair of league wins over Goose Creek.

Head coach Shane Todd feels this year’s team has a good mix of seniors and underclassmen with a solid pitching staff. The lineup also has several veteran hitters and the offense has been strong early on.

“We do have several guys who started and played a lot last year so that year of experience should be to our advantage,” says Todd, who has 130 career wins since starting the Cane Bay program 11 years ago.

Anchoring the pitching staff are seniors John Shelton and Adam Jordan, both solid right-handers with a variety of quality pitches. Shelton, a Limestone commit, already has a no-hitter to his credit this season while Jordan has a one-hitter.

“Both guys give us a chance to win every time out,” Todd says.

Finding a consistent third starter and developing some bullpen help will determine Cane Bay’s fate in the long run. Junior Kyle Fessler has shown promise as a starter. Seniors Gannon Honea and Noah Panezich, and juniors Kristofer Blanco and Sean Farrell also will see work on the mound.

Panezich is the team’s top offensive threat. The 6-4 Erskine signee will man first base and has 10 RBI’s in the first nine games this season.

Blanco, the starter at third base, already has a homer, two triples and eight RBI’s early on while sophomore second baseman Gabe White, who had 19 RBI’s last season, also rates as a key hitter in the top of the lineup.

Sophomore Jamie Dyches is a first-year starter behind the plate but has been solid offensively early on. Jordan and Shelton are working at shortstop with White also capable of moving to the left side of the middle infield.

Senior Tyler Pruitt is the top returner in the outfield. Pruitt hit .329 with 16 RBI’s last season and has hit .429 early on this spring. Speedy senior Jacob Flesher starts in center while Honea is starting in right.

Senior Trey Ricker mans the designated hitter spot and has tremendous power from the left side. Ricker tallied 22 RBI’s as a junior.

 Junior Brady Dolan backs up at first and provides another lefty bat off the bench. Junior Shane Craven provides depth at third and second while junior Jeff Markham backs up behind the dish.

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