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Fort Dorchester High School
North Charleston

Patriots aim to contend in region 8-AAAAA

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

North Charleston – After a 2-0 start in region play, the Fort Dorchester Patriots are aiming to be a serious contender for the region 8-AAAAA championship this spring.

The Patriots opened region play with a pair of 7-0 wins over West Ashley and have future region series with Ashley Ridge and Summerville, which will likely decide their overall fate.

Coach Ronnie Sayer has experience, pitching and a decent offensive lineup in 2019.

“We’ve got a good chance to play with anyone if we play to our potential. The talent is here,” Sayer said. “I like our chances. This is a good baseball team. They are playing with confidence early on and that’s a big key for us. We have to believe we can play with anyone.”

The Patriots went 5-3 over their first eight games. They lost a 1-0 game to Berkeley, a 6-5 game to Stratford, and a 10-8 game to Cane Bay. They allowed all six runs to Stratford in a bad sixth inning. Cane Bay scored seven runs in the seventh to win.

“We’re basically two innings from being 7-1 so we’re putting ourselves in position to win,” Sayer said. “You have to credit Cane Bay. They earned every one of those seven runs. I think they hit five doubles in the seventh inning. We didn’t give that one away.”

Junior USC commit Jalen Vasquez, a shortstop, is the team’s number one starter on the mound this spring. He also rates as one of the top offensive threats, hitting over .400 in the first eight games.

Senior Sean Gould, who has signed with Erskine, is the number two man in the pitching rotation and starts behind the plate when not on the mound.

Sophomore Donovan Accerbi and junior Pat Monteith also see extensive work on the mound. Monteith is the starting third baseman and also works behind the plate when Gould pitches.

 Junior Jarrott Frier starts at first base and sophomore Division I prospect Tyler Christmas, another key hitter in the order, is starting at second base. Sophomore Hayden Perry also works at third.

Splitting and sharing time in the three outfield spots are a combination of Hunter Woodruff, Zach Blakeley, Jared Inoa and Garrett Mitchell.

Despite only a few seniors, Sayer feels his team is mature enough to handle the pressure of contending for a title late in the season.

“We have some underclassmen but several of them have played a lot of baseball so they aren’t really young in terms of experience,” the coach said.

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