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East Clarendon Baseball Ranked 8th In AA With 10-1 Record To Start Season

By Billy G. Baker

Publisher

Turbeville—Two seasons ago when Will McMillian became the head baseball coach at currently 8th AA ranked East Clarendon (10-1) he knew he was starting out with a core group of sophomores who had waited their turns for playing time behind a group of seniors who had just graduated ahead of them.

 Now, as seniors, catcher Ashton Mixon, third baseman/pitcher Justin Evans, center fielder Dusty Hancock, and right fielder Matthew Boyd are showing outstanding senior leadership and contributing with their arms and bats as the Wolverines are off to a 10-1 start to the 2019 season.

“I am really proud of the team so far and we already have 110 hits after 11 games and many of our players have exceeded what they got a year ago already,” said Coach McMillian. “We are building off our region championship we got last year. We have three guys batting over.500 right now and our team batting average is around .400. We just hope to play each game one at the time and keep things going like they are right now.”

Mixon is batting .576 with 9 RBI’s while Evans is at .423 with 10 RBI’s and one home run. Hancock is batting .323 with five RBI’s and seven stolen bases. Boyd is at .296 with six RBI’s and he has been doing some relief pitching.

The two junior starters are left fielder Matthew Coker batting .500 with 10 RBI’s including three triples. Aiden Singletary is a third baseman pitcher batting .296 with three RBI’s.

Cub Cook (5-11, 175) is a talented sophomore shortstop who is batting .343 with 11 RBI’s. “Cub’s arm has got a lot stronger over the past year and he bats in the two holes for us and will further development he can become a next level player,” said Coach McMillian. “He has solid potential.”

Coach McMillian describes Mixon as a three- year starter who is a tough hard-nosed dirt bag type player who has improved his throwing to both first and second base. He calls Evans a solid defender with a strong arm. He said that Hancock picks the ball up quick off the bat and that very few balls are drop in the power alley against him. Coach McMillian said that Boyd’s defense has improved a lot and that he was also helping the team on the mound.

Blake Lee is starting at second with a .286 average. Freshman Kyler Odom is at first base batting .500 and leading the team with 17 RBI’s as a first-year starter. Grant Barrineau is a designated hitter/outfielder batting .286 and just recovering from a hamstring injury.

Some key reserves include Addison Ragland a junior first baseman along with sophomore outfielder, Dustin Prince. Marquis Pearson is a pitcher/outfielder and junior Coy Garvin is a pitcher/outfielder.

The ace pitcher is who throws in the 80-84 range. Evans is 2-1 with a 1.31 ERA including 15 K’s and around 11 innings pitched. Hancock is 2-0 with a .98 ERA and 18 K’s. The number three pitcher is Singletary who is 4-0 with an ERA of 2.19 ERA along with 29 K’s. Kyle Odom is 2-0 with one save and he has a 0.00 ERA with 15 K’s. Odom threw a no hitter against Northwood Academy.

 

Coach McMillian said the Wolverines are still needing improvement on defense and finishing off teams after scoring a lot of runs early in games and not putting away teams in five innings. “Some games this season we jump out to a big lead early and then it seems like we put it cruise control,” said Coach McMillian. “We need to find a way not to let teams hang around and finish more games in five innings and not let tams around.”

Some of the Wolverine’s wins have come over Lamar, Lake View, Lake City, Hannah-Pamplico, Andrews and Mullins.

 

 

 

Hurricanes building for region run after tough early schedule

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

James Island – First-year head coach Josh Snider held nothing back when scheduling games for his First Baptist Hurricanes in 2019.

The Hurricanes lost their first eight games to public schools, including close losses to Colleton County, Goose Creek and Oceanside Collegiate. Snider, however, says there was a method to his madness when it comes to preparing his team for the more important region schedule.

“I wanted us to play quality competition early, see good pitching and hitting, and prepare us to compete,” said Snider, who served as the junior varsity coach last season. “Our non-region schedule for the entire season is very competitive and I really believe it will make us a better team in the long run.”

After their 0-8 start, the Hurricanes opened their region schedule with a 10-0 win over Northwood Academy. The region schedule includes three-game series with Northwood, Pinewood Prep and Porter-Gaud. The Hurricanes also have remaining non-region games with SCISA AAA state contenders Cardinal Newman, Laurence Manning and Ben Lippen and also will participate in the Hanahan Invitational Tournament.

The makeup of this year’s roster is with experienced players, including five seniors with solid experience on the field. Except for a few transfers, most of the team played last season as well.

On the mound is where Snider feels his team is strongest. Sophomore LT Dantzler heads up the staff as the ace, with seniors Cooper Morillo and Will Haskell, and junior Will Mercer filling in other starting roles. Morillo is a transfer from James Island.

“We have improved greatly since last year,” Snider said. “They are throwing more strikes and competing at a higher level.”

Handling the staff is veteran catcher Chas Urashima, who Snider describes as “a bulldog behind the plate and a great team leader.”

Dantzler and senior Pnut Brown are handling duties at first base. Junior McKay Wilson is at second while junior Lucas Snow is at short. Snow also transferred from James Island.

Haskell and Mercer are sharing duties at third base. Morillo is starting in left while junior Jacques Daughtry is starting in center. Working in right are juniors Johnny McAlister and Cody Crawford.

 Junior Cody Anderson serves as a utility player and is one of the leading hitters early on.

Offensively, Wilson is among the leading hitters with a .420 average. Snow and Dantzler also hit over .300.

“We’re a little behind offensively right now but we have a few guys struggling that we feel will definitely hit for us as we move through the season,” Snider said. “We rely a lot of pitching and defense right now.”

 

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