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Holly Hill Academy baseball comes up a run short in bid for state title


By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Holly Hill – An intense three game championship series in SCISA Class A baseball came down the final out of game three and for the second consecutive year, the Raiders of Holly Hill Academy came up a little short.

Holly Hill and rival Dorchester Academy met in the Class A best-of-three championship series for the second straight year. Dorchester won game one, 6-2, before Holly Hill took game two, 6-3. The game for all the marbles came down to the seventh inning but Dorchester held on for a 4-3 win.

Holly Hill gave up three runs in the first inning but fought to stay in the game. First-year head coach Josh Christian was proud of his team’s effort but says forgetting the first inning will take a while.

“Man, it was tough,” he said. “We had to battle from behind right from the start. We did some things you just can’t do against a team like Dorchester. We honestly felt three runs would win today. We thought we had a chance. We had chances in game one and today. We couldn’t get the clutch hit. We fought like crazy though. We never gave up. Our kids battled.”

The Raiders will hurt for a while but as Christian says, the focus will soon turn to the future. Holly Hill will face the loss of several key senior performers, including all-state pitcher/hitter Hanks Avinger. Avinger was one of the more feared hitters in Class A as evidenced by Dorchester Academy’s reluctance to pitch to him. Avinger was intentionally walked several times throughout the series.

“I think that shows the type of player Hanks is, to get walked that many times,” Christian said.

Andrew Siau and Josh Siau, along with Nick Strickland were key starting seniors in the lineup as well. Strickland was a capable hitter and pitcher all season. Josh Siau, the game three starter, struck out eight hitters in a complete game effort.

Christian realizes the loss of talented leaders will be difficult but says the returning players, as well as junior varsity members, will step up and continue to keep the program in state title contention.

“We will definitely miss our seniors,” the coach said. “We’re talking about losing some guys who played a lot of baseball for us over the last three and four years. That kind of talent and experience is hard to replace at a small school.

“But we have a lot of good baseball players in our school. Baseball is taken seriously here and I know these younger guys will come back focused and ready to work next spring.”




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