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Moncks Corner

Berkeley shows well in lower state playoff competition

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Moncks Corner – It’s not quite over but the spring sports season has gone well for the Berkeley High athletic department in 2017.

Several teams qualified for the postseason and contended for region championships this spring. The most successful team of the spring has been the softball program.

Coach Boogie Grooms, the region 8-AAAA coach of the year, guided the Stags to a region championship this season. The team had several leaders, including four all-region selections. The all-region performers included Haylee Wilkerson, Brooklyn Stone, Jessica Stanley and sophomore pitcher Raelee Brabham.

Berkeley advanced into district play and won the district VIII-AAAA championship with three wins. The Stags advanced into the lower state bracket play as one of four remaining teams in the lower state. In the double-elimination bracket, Berkeley lost to Hartsville in the first-round game but bounced back with a 13-3 win over Beaufort to stay alive. On May 10th, Berkeley traveled back to Hartsville in an elimination game. A win would send the Stags to the lower state finals against Lugoff-Elgin.

Berkeley (25-3) won 15 consecutive games before the loss to Hartsville.

The baseball team rebuilt with a talented group of underclassmen. The Stags saw their four-year run as region champions snapped but did manage a fourth-place finish in region play. That finish earned them a spot in the playoffs but the Stags lost a pair of close games and finished with a 12-12 record.

Senior catcher Drew Anderson earned all-region honors and was selected to play in the North-South all-star game as well. Anderson batted .365 with 14 RBI while throwing out 80 percent of attempted base stealers.

Freshman shortstop/pitcher Jeffery Ziegler also earned all-region honors. Zeigler batted .301 and had a 3-1 pitching record.

In addition to Anderson, the senior starters that are leaving the program are first baseman C.J. Mack and centerfielder Matthew Dress.

Other spring sport all-region selections included Gabe Wadford (tennis), Cody Stone (boys soccer), and Carol Brayton and Madeline Pinson (girls’ soccer).

In track, Berkeley’s boys team finished third in the region 8-AAAA meet, as did the girls.

Top individual performances from the girls’ team included Kaliece Pinckney, who won the region title in the 400 and was second in the 200. Pinckney also qualified for the AAAA state finals in the 400.

Katie Rogers won the region title in the pole vault while Skylar Gadsden won the region title for the shot put and the discus. Rogers also finished second in the pole vault at the state qualifier and will compete in the state finals on May 12-13. Gadsden won the shot put at the state qualifier and also will compete in the state finals.

 For the boys’ team, Demontre Chisolm was the region champion in the 100-meter dash and the long jump. Daveon Moore won the region’s triple jump title. Jaquon Williams finished third in the 110 hurdle and Dervon Pesnell finished third in the high jump.

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