Thursday, May 30, 2013
The Summerville American Legion Baseball Juniors Division Green Team is rebuilding, but hoping to make some noise this summer.
The 17U team is comprised almost exclusively of players who suited up for the Green Wave varsity and junior varsity programs this spring.
Summerville Green, the older of two Summerville teams that play in the division, advanced all the way to the American Legion Baseball Juniors state championship series last summer before losing to host Socastee in the championship game.
Program director Burt Bazzle says this summer the team has good talent, but will need players to step up in big ways in order to make another run at a state title.
Summerville Green lost several players from last year's squad, including standouts John Eckley, Billy Peatross, T.J. Hopkins, Craig Lillenthal and Johnston McCurry.
“We have kids who are capable, but a lot of them haven't played together much,” Bazzle said. “One of the main things they will need in order to have that kind of success is another John Eckley. He was huge for them last summer. He pitched great and was ready to pitch all the time. Of course they also had other great players who are also too old to play for them this summer.”
Adding to the teams challenge is the fact that more players are splitting their time between Legion ball and travel ball this summer. Last year, three key members of Summerville Green missed the championship game because they were at a prestigious showcase tournament.
This year's team has six players off the Green Wave varsity squad: Charlie Fessler, Sawyer Bridges, Zach Mosay, Daquan Wrighten, Reilly Hagan, Matty Powell and Alex Hursey. Bridges and Mosay did a hefty portion of the Wave's pitching this spring and Fessler and Hersey also have experience on the mound. Wrighten, Hagan and Powell played most of their innings in the outfield.
Joining them on the American Legion Juniors team are Kyle Smith, Jack Bahen, Hundley McCurry, Andrew Kenny, Walker Pennington, Bo Gobin, Steven Dibble, Trevious Tucker and Cameron Almond, who all helped the Green Wave JV team earn the JV HIT championship en route to a successful 2013 season. Ashley Ridge infielder Rusty Grayson will also play for Summerville Green after helping the team on its deep playoff run last summer.
The team is off to a 2-1 start this season.
On Tuesday, Smith picked up the win on the mound as Summerville defeated Goose Creek 2-1. Smith only allowed four hits in seven innings on the mound and three of them came in the third inning when Goose Creek scored its run. He struck out six batters while walking none.
Tucker led the Summerville batters, going 1 for 2. McCurry and Fessler also had a hit.
In the bottom of the second inning, Hursey reached base and advanced to second on an infield error. Dibble then drove him in.
Goose Creek loaded the bases in the third and scored a run to tie the game, but Summerville ended the threat with a double play.
McCurry and Fessler reached base in the fourth and then Hursey drove in the game-winning run with a sacrifice fly.
Summerville Green is scheduled to host Berkeley at 7 p.m. Friday. It will likely be the team's final home game of the season as renovations at the Summerville High School field are expected to begin next week.
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