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Hartsville has successful spring sports season

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Hartsville – The softball team is the last team standing for the 2017 spring sports season at Hartsville High.

As this issue of the High School Sports Report was preparing for print, the softball team at Hartsville was playing Berkeley in an elimination game of the AAAA Lower State final four bracket. Hartsville beat Berkeley in the opening game of the bracket but lost to Lugoff-Elgin in the winner’s bracket game.

The winner of the May 10th contest will travel to Lugoff-Elgin on May 12th needing two wins to advance to the Class AAAA state championship series. Hartsville won the Class AAA state title last season but has moved into AAAA this spring.

The baseball team also won a region championship this spring and advanced into district tournament play. The Red Foxes got behind the eight-ball in the four-team bracket with a first-round loss to St. James, 4-3.

Hartsville then managed elimination game victories over Dreher and St. James, but the season ended with a 9-7 loss to Beaufort in the district VI-AAAA title game. The Red Foxes finished with a record of 16-5.

Two players from the squad were selected to play in the South Carolina select games as part of the South team. Cal Brunson and Caleb Peach will play in the all-star games on May 23-25 in Lexington.

Brunson, this season, was a perfect 8-0 on the mound this spring, sporting a 0.67 earned run average. He also was a key offensive leader, hitting .424 with a pair of homers and 23 RBI’s.

Peach was 6-2 on the bump with a 1.22 earned run average. Other key performers this season included Tical McFarland, who hit .319 with 24 RBI’s, and Steve Joyner, who hit .314 with 10 stolen bases. Owen Taylor also hit better than .300, finishing with a .306 average and 15 RBI’s.

Hartsville also won the region championship in boys’ soccer this spring. The Red Foxes advanced into the AAAA Lower State field and beat Stall, 4-1, in their opening round game. The season ended in round two with a tough 2-1 loss to A.C. Flora. Hartsville finished with a 14-5 record.

Key senior losses for the Red Foxes include defenders Miller Braddock and Jacob Caldwell, and leading scorer Daniel Johnson, who tallied more than 60 goals over the last two seasons.

Key returners next season include defenders Nathan Johnson and Will Guttry, keeper Zach Farmer, and midfielders/forwards Croxton West, Daniel Thompson, Jacob Moyz, Hampton Wilfong and Caleb Caldwell.

The girls’ soccer team finished second in region play and was eliminated in the first-round of the Lower State playoffs by Berkeley, 4-0.

 Hartsville’s boys’ golf team won the region championship and played in the AAAA state qualifier on May 8th. The Red Foxes finished fourth in the team standings to earn a spot in the AAAA state tournament on May 15-16.

Hayden Norwood led Hartsville in the 18-hole qualifier, shooting 75, while Zeke Steen shot 76. Trevor Gerald and Daniel Coker each shot 79 and Parker Wilkerson shot 107.

In the region track meet, Hartsville’s girls placed third and the boys finished fifth. Among the top performing girls were Makaya Jackson (4th in the 100), Elizabeth Ropp (1st in the 800, 1st in the 1600), Lauren Thomas (4th in the 400 hurdles), and Katherine Askins (1st in the 3200, 2nd in the 1600).

On the boys’ side, sophomore Tiyon Evans won the region championship in the 110 hurdles. He also finished third in the 100-meter dash and fourth in the 200-meter dash.

Sophomore Rod Gattison placed fourth in the triple jump.

 

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