Green Wave streak ends in playoffs
An impressive run by the Green Wave baseball team ended abruptly last week.
Summerville went 10-0 during its region schedule this season to claim the top playoff seed for Region 8-AAAA and the home field advantage that accompanies it. But the Wave was eliminated from the playoffs with consecutive losses to Conway and Richland Northeast.
“We accomplished a lot this season,” Summerville coach Burt Bazzle said. “We had 15 wins in a row and won both the region title and the HIT championship. Unfortunately, we then ran into a very good third-place team in Conway and could not get back on track. We had a great group of young men and it was a pleasure to coach them.”
On Friday, Grant Holmes pitched a one-hitter and GK Young smashed two homeruns as Conway handed Summerville a 5-1 loss in the opening round of the Class AAAA playoffs.
“We got some big hits in some big situations and Grant took care of the rest for us,” Conway coach Anthony Carroll said.
Young hit a two-run homer to center field to give the Tigers the lead in the third inning. Summerville played small ball in the fourth to push a run across and cut the lead in half.
Then in the top of the fifth Young sent a three-run homer over the centerfield fence for the 5-1 score.
“When we got it to 2-1 I thought we had a chance but the second homer was a big blow,” Bazzle said.
The Green Wave created a couple of scoring opportunities afterwards, but didn’t capitalize after it loaded the bases in the bottom of the fifth or when it put two runners on in the seventh.
Holmes, who is verbally committed to the University of Florida, got out of the fifth-inning jam with a strikeout and ended the seventh-inning threat by striking out two batters and getting a third to pop up.
Summerville’s sole hit was a double by first baseman Billy Peatross in the seventh.
On Saturday, Richland Northeast handed Summerville a 3-2 loss in the second round. Ryne Maness had the win on the hill as Richland Northeast improved to 12-12 on the season. Summerville dropped to 18-8.
TJ Hopkins hit a homerun for Summerville and Michael Powell had a double and single and scored the Wave’s other run off a Matty Powell hit.
Summerville will lose five seniors to graduation and four of them are starters. However, the Wave should return its entire pitching staff, minus senior Craig Lilenthal, as well as some of its top hitters.
The team should also be able to pull a few quality players up from the Wave JV team that won this year’s JV HIT championship and the Wave B-team that finished its season with an 11-4 record.
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