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West Ashley High School

Baseball team caps solid season in district finals

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

West Ashley – The 2017 baseball season was a solid success for the West Ashley Wildcats as coach Tyson Azevedo saw a lot of improvement from a fairly young squad.

West Ashley finished with a 17-9 record this spring, advancing to the finals of the district VIII-AAAAA tournament. The Wildcats went 3-2 in the playoffs with both losses coming to eventual district champion River Bluff.

West Ashley came out of the loser’s bracket and won an elimination game over Fort Dorchester, 2-1, to reach the district finals. The Wildcats beat River Bluff in the first game, 2-1, but lost in the second effort, 4-2.

Many of the key performers on this year’s team were underclassmen, setting up a solid future for the program. Junior outfielder/pitcher Rodney Griffin was the team’s leading hitter with a .395 batting average. Griffin had 30 hits and 13 RBI’s while also posting a 3-0 record on the mound with a 1.07 earned run average.

Junior catcher Michael Poulos batted .342 with eight doubles and a team-leading 21 RBI’s. Senior pitcher Branson Bates was 4-1 on the bump with a 1.46 earned run average, and sophomore Bryce Brown was 2-0 with two saves and a 1.50 earned run average.

In other sports, the boys’ tennis team finished third in region 7-AAAAA and posted a playoff win over Sumter before losing to Irmo in the second round.

The soccer teams also qualified for the lower state playoffs but each lost in the first-round.

 In track, Cornelius Gallon and Jonathan Legare qualified for the AAAAA state finals. Gallon qualified in the triple jump while Legare qualified in the discus. The state track and field championship meet will be on May 12-13 at Spring Valley High School.

The boys’ 4x400 and 4x100 relay teams also qualified for the state finals.

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