Summerville Gold opens season with victory over Moncks Corner

  • Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Roger Lee/Journal Scene -- Leadoff hitter Ben Turner slides into third for a triple.

The Summerville American Legion Baseball junior division gold team opened its season Thursday with a 10-5 victory over Moncks Corner.
The Summerville Gold team is comprised of players age 13-15. The team plays almost exclusively on weeknights through early July or mid July if it makes the South Carolina American Legion Baseball playoffs.
“We have three good coaches and a lot of young men out here ready to play ball,” Summerville American Legion Baseball Director Burt Bazzle said. “The majority of players on the gold team are from our high school B-team, but we also have a few middle school kids on the team. The majority of them play for our B-team.”
Summerville Gold is coached by Monnet, Kenny Almond and Brett Sizemore. Monnet helped coach the Green Wave B-team this spring and Sizemore helped coach the Rollings Middle School team. Almond was a coach for the Summerville Gold team last summer.
The team had a bit of a rough start in its season opener, but then played well to notch a victory.
Summerville starter Charlie Tant gave up three earned runs off three hits and a Gold error in the top of the first inning, but had three solid innings on the mound after that, allowing only three more hits and no more runs. He didn’t walk any batters.
Christian Clark relieved him in the top of the fourth and only surrendered three hits and two runs while walking no batters. Only one of the runs was earned.
Meanwhile, Summerville tallied 13 hits.
Trent Brewster, Brendon Case, Olin McCurry and Zack Bales had two hits each for Summerville. Brewster, Case and McCurry all drove in two runs while Brewster, McCurry, Bennett Reeves and leadoff hitter Ben Turner all scored two runs. Turner reached base four times in five turns at the plate.
Other members of the team are Tim Brock, Hunter Shaw, Tripp Rabon, JD Lybrand, Johnny Cook, Johnny Watts, Robert Streuber, Conner Morgan and Bryan Burns.
After falling behind 3-0, Summerville claimed the lead in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back. Turner sparked the rally with a leadoff triple and scored off a single by Case. Tant then hit a linedrive into the pitcher’s chest and reached to load the bases.
McCurry followed with a two-run double to tie the score. Several pitches later Reeves, the courtesy runner for the catcher, scored on a wild pitch for a 4-3 Summerville lead.
Summerville added four runs in the third. Rabon drove in McCurry; Brewster drove in Bales and Shaw; and Case drove in Turner.
Summerville added insurance runs in the fourth and the fifth.
Reeves had a standup triple in the fourth and scored a single by Bales. In the fifth, Summerville loaded the bases with a base on balls and singles by Brewster and McCurry. Brewster then scored when Reeves put the ball in play.
Moncks Corner plated two runs in the top of the seventh, but the rally ended there.
Summerville Gold is scheduled to play Summerville Green, the older Summerville team in the junior division, at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The game will be at the Summerville High School field unless renovations on that field have begun. Once renovations have begun all of the Summerville junior games will be played on the road and the games in which the two Summerville teams face each other will be played at a site to be determined at a later date.
Contact Roger Lee @ 873-9424 ext. 213 or rlee@journalscene.com

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