Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The Green Wave baseball team certainly did its part to ensure this year’s spring break tournament in Hanahan lived up to its acronym.
Summerville turned in several stellar offensive performances last week to claim the Hanahan Invitational Tournament trophy. During the HIT championship game Friday, Summerville racked up 14 hits en route to an 8-6 victory over Starr’s Mill High of Fayetteville, Ga. to cap a 5-0 performance in the 29-team varsity tournament.
The Wave outscored its opponents 49-9 through the semifinals but Starr’s Mills quickly showed it would be no push over, using hits for extra bases to jump out to a 2-0 lead that held through the fourth inning.
Just when it looked as if the Wave had lost its rhythm at the plate, Summerville came charging back in what turned out to be one of the most competitive games of the tournament.
“We have scored a lot of runs throughout this tournament so we never doubted we would come back,” Summerville third baseman/pitcher Zach Mosay said. “We have good pitching depth so when they pulled ahead we didn’t panic. Our defense settled down and then our hitting came around and we regained the momentum.”
Mosay was named Tournament MVP after having multiple hits in all five games and going the distance on the mound April 3 in the semifinals to pick up a pitching win over previously undefeated Berkeley.
But he wasn’t the only player in the Wave lineup to find his groove during the tournament. T.J. Hopkins was 4 for 4 at the plate in the title game while Miles Goodwin was 3 for 4. Hopkins, Goodwin, Michael Powell and Matty Powell were also among the Summerville players to have multiple hits in more than one game.
“We took this tournament very seriously because we wanted to win,” Mosay said. “We came in and treated each game almost as if it were a region game because we figured if we did well here then that would carry into the second half of our region schedule and hopefully the playoffs.”
The Panthers got off to a fast start in the championship as Artemis Kadkhodaian doubled and scored when Ryan Peurifoy tripled after a Wave outfielder slipped on the wet grass and fell to the ground. Peurifoy then scored on a ground out to give Starr’s Mill a 2-0 lead entering the second inning.
Summerville tied the game in the top of the fourth off singles by Hopkins, Goodwin and Mosay and a fielder’s choice by Michael Powell.
However, Peurifoy opened the next inning with a solo homerun to return the lead to the Panthers.
Summerville didn’t respond until the sixth, when it scored four runs. Hopkins kicked off the rally with a double. Goodwin followed with a single and Mosay reached on a base on balls to load the bases.
Hopkins scored on a wild pitch and then designated hitter Matty Powell gave the Wave a huge lift with a three-run homer to left-center field for a 6-3 Summerville lead. The homer came on a 3-2 count after Powell had fouled off several pitches.
“He is our number eight batter so I guess they were thinking surely we can get the ball by him but Matty is very capable,” Summerville coach Burt Bazzle said.
The celebration didn’t last long as Starr’s Mill’s Garrison Elliott homered the next inning to drive in a player who was hit by a pitch and a player who reached on an error. That tied the game at six-all.
In the top of the seventh, Summerville scored two runs off three hits. Mosay singled to drive in Hopkins for the game winner and Billy Peatross drove him across with a single for the 8-6 margin.
Summerville used three pitchers in the game. John Eckley got the start and threw four innings. Peatross threw nearly two innings in relief, but it was Johnston McCurry who received the pitching win. He faced one batter in the sixth and four in the seventh, surrendering one walk and no hits while striking out two.
“Billy and Johnston have been throwing an inning here and an inning there for us and have done really well,” Bazzle said. “I thought if John could give us four good innings then those guys could close it out for us. Our pitching and our defense were carrying us up until this tournament but this week our bats woke up. I think the bats coming around gives us extra confidence going into the second half of our region schedule.”
Summerville opened play this week with a 12-6 record and a 5-0 mark in region play.
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