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Stratford High School
Goose Creek

Knights win 19 games, tie for second in region

By Rob Gantt

Special to the HSSR

GOOSE CREEK – The Stratford High School baseball season was the last on Crowfield Boulevard for three of the program’s seniors.

It was certainly a solid sendoff for the trio. The Knights finished 19-7 and tied for second in the Region 7-AAAAA standings. It was a substantial improvement in the win column from the year before for Stratford.

The Knights were 1-2 in the district playoffs, defeating James Island and losing two games to West Florence.

Outfielder Garland Connelly, second baseman Will McGuire and third baseman Justin Lifsey were the team’s 12th-graders. Lifsey was among the team’s top performers at the plate this season. He batted .325 with 15 runs and 12 RBIs.

McGuire and Connelly were starters and consistent contributors offensively.

 “We are happy with the fight of our guys and their commitment this season,” third-year Stratford coach Brandon Beckman said. “We are disappointed that we weren't able to make a deeper run in the playoffs but want to thank our seniors for the foundation they set. We are excited to get to work this offseason in the weight room, and are extremely excited about the potential the team has for next year. We also know that potential is only as good as the work we are willing to put into it.”

Junior first baseman Blake Marrs, junior catcher Travis Lott and the whole pitching staff can return for the 2019 campaign. Lott and Marrs were the most productive performers at the dish for the Knights, batting .387 and .338 respectively.

Lott, a Citadel commit, had a .577 on-base percentage and 23 RBIs. Marrs knocked in 17 runs.

Another key player who started in 2016, Dylan Stewart, will return after missing this spring with an injury.

From the bump, sophomore Robbie Fleming finished the season at 4-2 with a 1.84 earned-run average. Freshman Josh Davis was 2-3 with a 0.94 ERA and threw one no-hitter (against James Island). Sophomore Matthew Cudd was 4-0 with an ERA of 3.38. Jaden Maynor was 2-1 with a save and Vito Dorio earned two wins on the year.

Cody Kinard was the saves leader.

 

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