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Arms give Hanahan Hawks shot at big trophy

 

By Rob Gantt

Special to the HSSR

 

HANAHAN – The Hanahan Hawks have a bevy of quality arms taking their spots on the bump this spring. At no time has that been more evident than a stretch of recent games.

The Hawks, ranked No. 4 in the HSSR’s Class 3A poll behind Bishop England, Chapman and Gilbert have completely disarmed opponents of late.

The Hawks (11-2) won via shutout for the fifth consecutive game on Thursday, March 21 at Shipyard Park. Senior southpaw Charlie Mac Toman carved up 14 Oceanside Collegiate batters in a 1-0 victory. Toman, the son of Middle Tennessee State coach Jim Toman, has signed with Florence-Darlington.

A week earlier, Toman tossed a no-hitter in a win over Georgetown after the Hawks tripped up in Georgetown two days earlier.

“He’s a competitor,” said HHS coach Brian Mitchell, in his 16th season. “That’s the thing I like most about him. He’ll attack you. He’s shown us that for two years. Early in the (Georgetown) game his favorite was his changeup. He definitely got stronger as the game went on. I think he smelled it. He knew what was going on and he wanted to finish it.”

In the Oceanside Collegiate game, the Hawks scored their lone run in the third. Randy Scott walked to lead off the inning, moved to second on a groundout and stole third base before crossing the plate with the game’s lone run when Sebastian Field grounded to third base.

Hawks catcher Jonathan Barham (Coker College signee) had three hits.

After Hanahan scratched for the run, Toman hit a batter and allowed a bunt single in the bottom of the inning but worked through the jam to improve to 4-1 on the season. He’s thrown 31 innings with 54 strikeouts and eight walks. He’s given up just nine hits and one earned run in five starts.

Toman was 6-2 as a junior with a 0.93 ERA and added some velocity to enhance his craftiness.

Florence-Darlington will also benefit from the addition of another senior hurler. Right-handed pitcher Trey Pooser has picked up where he left off last season too.

As a junior, Pooser was 8-1 with a 0.26 ERA and is coming off a shutout of Bristol Tennessee on March 20. He fanned 12 in a four-hitter against the visitors from the Volunteer State.

So far this season, Pooser is 2-1 with 30 strikeouts and just two walks in 23.1 innings. Like Toman, he’s surrendered only one earned run.

The other part of the three-headed monster is sophomore Aidan Hunter. The lanky right-hander has seen an impressive jump in velocity since going 5-1 with a 1.13 ERA as a freshman.

He is 2-0 in three starts with 13 strikeouts in 12.1 innings. In his last start, Hunter tossed three-plus shutout innings and struck out four batters in a 10-0 victory over Manning in five innings on March 19.

“They’re all looking very good,” Mitchell said. “There is no No. 1, No. 2 or No. 3. They all know how to pitch. They can throw multiple pitches. They know how to locate. They know how to hold runners.”

Mitchell would trust any one of them to handle the biggest game of the season whenever that moment arrives. He believes the Hawks are legitimate contenders for a state championship if they can find enough offense.

Additional arms for the Hawks are senior Luke Litwin, junior southpaw Chevy Campbell, senior Ethan Maxwell, senior Andrew Harper, junior southpaw Austin Oglesby and junior Sam Zeron.

That group has fanned 20 batters and given up five earned runs and six hits in 17-plus innings.

Pooser, Litwin, Zeron and Campbell teamed up to start the Hawks’ shutout streak, no-hitting Philip Simmons 10-0 in five innings.

“This may be as strong a pitching staff as we’ve had when you talk about the depth of it,” Mitchell said.

At the plate, Toman, an outfielder, is the team’s best stick. He’s hitting .357 with a team-high 10 RBIs and only one strikeout in 46 plate appearances. Scott, an infielder, is at .351 and Barham .333.

At .565, Barham has the top on-base percentage thanks to 16 free passes. Scott leads with nine stolen bases.

Hunter, who plays third base, is batting .290 with seven RBIs. Field is second on the team with eight RBIs.

More Hawks are second baseman Omar Aguilar, outfielder Camden Mitchell (.269, RBIs), middle infielder Brick Nichols, second baseman Aryan Patel, outfielder William Pugh (7 SB), corner infielder Mac Blakeney (.286 BA), outfielder Jason Albach, outfielder Hunter Kackley and catcher/1B Coleman Jenkins.

 

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