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Colleton County has historic baseball season in 2017

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Walterboro – The 2017 Colleton County High baseball team will go down as the best team in school history after accomplishing things never done before at the school.

First-year head coach Jermale Paige and his Cougars surprised the Lowcountry by winning the region 8-AAAA championship – a first in school history. The Cougars also won their first-ever district championship, claiming in the district VIII-AAAA crown.

Colleton County advanced to the final four bracket of the lower state, a four-team double-elimination bracket to decide which team would play for the state title. The incredible season came to an end with losses to A.C. Flora and Hilton Head.

Paige was named the region eight coach of the year and four members of the team earned all-region honors. Pitcher Michael Thigpen was the ace of the staff, winning five games with a 1.14 earned run average. He also added a .300 batting average, three homers and 14 RBI’s at the plate.

Luke Bozeman added five pitching wins on the mound with a 1.86 earned run average. Infielder Reese Penfield and outfielder Kaleb Gibson also earned all-region mention.

Two other consistent performers were freshman Trey Nettles, who hit .329 with a .453 on-base-percentage. Henry Gibson hit .306 with 11 RBI’s and a .429 on-base-percentage.

“I’m not surprised really because I felt all along we had the makeup and attitude of a very good team,” said Paige, a 2009 graduate of Colleton County. “We talked during the fall about what we wanted out of this season. I told these kids that if they truly believed in themselves and believed in what we’re doing, we could make a run. This group has worked hard every day and their confident in each other. I’m not too surprised at all.”

Colleton County’s softball team also qualified for the lower state playoffs but went 0-2 in district play. Earning all-region honors in softball were Victoria Brewington and Hallie Robertson.

Trey Bowman was an all-region selection in boys’ tennis while Campbell Pryor was selected to the all-region team in boys’ soccer.

Taking all-region honors in girls’ soccer was Amber Warren and Amiyah Robinson. The girls’ soccer team finished fourth in the region and advanced to the lower state playoffs.

In track and field, several members of the Colleton County program participated in the AAAA state qualifier in York on May 6th.

Three members of the boys’ team finished among the top eight in their events, earning a spot in the AAAA state championship meet on May 12-13 in Columbia.

 George Crosby qualified for the finals in the shot put with a third-place finish at lower state. Skye Brown finished seventh in the discus and Hunter Ohmer finished eighth in the pole vault.

Members of the girls’ team that competed in the qualifier included Abigail Altman, Shantasia Allen and Megan Calloway. Altman finished ninth in the 1600-meter run and placed 11th in the 3200. Allen was 12th in the 400-meter hurdles while Calloway placed 10th in the discus.

 

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