Wednesday, April 9, 2014
The Green Wave baseball team won its fifth straight region game in front of a packed house Friday.
“I’m very pleased with the crowds we are getting,” Summerville coach Alan Bridges said. “These are exciting times for us. We have a new facility and people are coming out and enjoying the games. It’s good to see people supporting our program.”
Summerville has been among the state’s top-ranked teams all season and rose to the No. 2 ranked Class AAAA team behind Sumter in the coaches association poll released March 24. On April 2 a large group of Ashley Ridge supporters joined the Summerville faithful at the Green Wave’s newly renovated stadium, and on Friday Fort Dorchester brought a large group of supporters to the Patriots game at Summerville High School. Neither visiting team managed the upset they were hoping for.
Summerville’s Zach Mosay (4-0) struck out 10 batters as the Green Wave earned a 9-5 win over Fort Dorchester to improve to 10-2 with a 5-0 mark in Region 8-AAAA.
“Once Zach settled in he pitched well,” Bridges said. “He is always going to be around the plate so he is our go to guy. We hit the ball and got base runners in which is something we struggled with the other night. We jumped out on them early but in the fourth inning we let things fall apart. We had some errors and they scored five runs. The good thing is we scored two runs in the bottom of that inning.”
Corey Rawlings (4-2) took the loss for Fort Dorchester, which dropped to 8-4 with a 3-2 mark in region play.
“We out hit them 8 to 6, but we had twice the errors,” Fort Dorchester coach Jack Radcliffe said. “I’m proud of the way Corey battled on the mound and he went 2 for 3 at the plate. I thought Mosay pitched well and TJ Hopkins also had a fine game for Summerville.”
Hopkins was 2 for 4 at the plate. Jack Bahen was 2 for 3 and Johnston McCurry had three RBIs.
Summerville went up 6-0 in the bottom of the second, but the Fort scored 5 runs in the top of the fourth to pull within a run.
The Patriots thought they had tied the game, but their celebration was cut short when the umpire ruled a runner sliding into home was tagged before he scored. After the dust settled, Radcliffe was left thinking about what could have been.
“I felt my player slid under and around the tag,” Radcliffe said. “That run would have tied the game, given us the momentum and we would still have had runners on base with Eurndraus Bryant up to bat. After that my kids didn’t handle the adversity well at all. They let their emotions get the best of them. We had three of our four errors following that and Summerville scored two more unearned runs.”
Summerville added a run in the sixth to push the lead to 4.
“The game isn’t always rainbows and roses,” Radcliffe said. “Baseball is a game of failure, and it’s the teams that overcome the bad breaks and the adversity that usually end up on top. When we can learn to deal with setbacks and learn to battle back then we will be a pretty darn good team. Were close, but not there yet.”
Summerville hosts Beaufort Wednesday and Bluffton Friday. Fort Dorchester hosts Ashley Ridge Wednesday and travels to Colleton County Friday.