Tuesday, April 22, 2014
The Green Wave worked its way to the top of a 32-team field last week to claim its second consecutive Hanahan Invitational Tournament title.
The Summerville baseball team defeated Wando 7-2 Thursday in the HIT varsity championship game held at Hanahan High School. The Warriors managed two more hits than the Wave, but committed five errors to Summerville’s one. A trio of Wave pitchers only surrendered one free base while three Warrior pitchers combined to walk six batters and hit four others with pitches.
J.W. Eckley earned the pitching win after throwing four innings. Kyle Smith pitched two innings and surrendered only two hits while striking out two. Johnston McCurry closed the game out for the Wave, facing three batters and striking out two while retiring the other with a pop up.
McCurry, who was 3 for 5 at the plate in the championship game, was named the 2014 HIT Most Valuable Player. T.J. Hopkins, Billy Peatross and Zach Mosay also reached base three times for the Wave and Sawyer Bridges was 2 for 3 at the plate.
Noah LoCascio led the Wando batters, going 2 for 3 with a double and a solo homerun.
Summerville hit the ball well the entire tournament. The Green Wave had several homeruns and beat two of its five opponents by more than 10 runs.
“If I had to pick the MVP there wouldn’t be one,” McCurry said. “We all played as a team; we all had hits; all our pitchers pitched. Everyone played their position like they are supposed to.”
Summerville made a big change defensively just prior to the tournament. McCurry missed the first part of the season due to injury and reduced reps in the infield seem to have taken a toll on his defensive prowess.
Coaches decided to move him from shortstop to the outfield and let Zach Mosay and Bo Gobin split time at short. Summerville coach Alan Bridges says the move has paid off.
“Johnston is playing loose,” he said. “He is hitting the ball and doing a good job running the bases and pitching. Everyone bought in and we have turned things around. We are playing well.”
Summerville has won six straight games since the move.
“I’m glad to do whatever I can do to help the team,” McCurry said. “That’s always the best thing. Winning that many in a row shows how strong our pitching staff is and that we can work together as a team. We are a good group of athletes so we just need to do what we can do and not press.”
McCurry and Charlie Fessler reached base in the top of the first inning. McCurry then stole third and came home on a throwing error on the play.
Wando tied the game in the second with an RBI single from Trevor Pedersen. The Warriors took their only lead of the game the next inning off LoCascio’s homerun.
The Wave answered by scoring 3 runs in the top of the fourth. Zach Mosay reached on a walk, moved around on a hit and run and scored on a wild pitch for a 2-2 score. After Summerville loaded the bases, Fessler drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. Then Hopkins, who reached when he was hit by a pitch, stole third and scored on a throwing error on the play.
Jack Bahen drove in a run with a fielder’s choice in the fifth and Summerville pushed two runs across in the seventh off a wild pitch and when a batter was hit with a pitch with the bases loaded.
The playoff-bound Green Wave closes its regular-season schedule Wednesday with a game at Fort Dorchester.