The Green Wave baseball team bounced back from a tough loss earlier in the week, defeating cross-town rival Fort Dorchester 8-6 Wednesday.
Ashley Ridge handed Summerville its second region loss of the season Monday en route to claiming the Region 8-AAAA championship. However, Summerville looked sharper Wednesday and is on track to claim runner-up honors for the region and the home-field advantage in the opening round of the playoffs that accompanies a No. 2 seed.
“We had a couple of losses that set us back a little bit but honestly we needed that to help settle us down and get us ready for the playoffs,” SHS first baseman Billy Peatross said. “We need to do better hitting the ball early on and need to be a little smarter on the bases. Other than that we are pretty solid. Guys are starting to come around and hit the ball at the bottom of the order and that should help.”
Summerville outhit the Fort nine to six. Green Wave second baseman Andrew Kenney was 2 for 3 with a run scored. Johnston McCurry was 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Peatross was 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored. Zach Mosay was 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored. Both Matty Powell and Sawyer Bridges drove in two runs.
Bo Gobin was on the mound for nearly four innings and earned the pitching win. He surrendered three hits and one run while walking two and hitting two batters with pitches. Peatross relieved him in the bottom of the sixth inning with two outs. He allowed no hits while walking two, hitting one batter and surrendering two unearned runs.
Senior Myles Snype was 2 for 4 at the plate with 4 RBIs and a run scored for Fort Dorchester. He also reached once on an error. Sophomore Ryan Thomas was 2 for 4 at the plate with a double and a run scored.
Corey Rawlings suffered the pitching loss after throwing five plus innings. Sophomore Matt Ticer relieved him in the top of the sixth and surrendered only three hits and two runs while walking one batter.
The Patriots had a good start, scoring three runs in the bottom of the second to take a 2-run lead. Catcher Ryan Thomas opened the bottom of the frame with a double. Cody Meree was hit by a pitch and then Snype doubled to drive them in. Snype advanced on a wild pitch and then scored on a single by Kyle Long.
Summerville scored all but two of its runs in two innings.
In the third, the Wave loaded the bases off hits by McCurry and Peatross and a Patriot error. Then McCurry was pushed across with a walk and Bridges drove in Peatross and Mosay for a 4-3 Summerville lead.
In the sixth, the Wave loaded the bases off a bunt single by Kenney and two walks. McCurry followed with a single to plate Kenney and courtesy runner Aaron Greene. Charlie Fessler reached on an error to drive in TJ Hopkins and then Mosay singled to plate McCurry for an 8-3 Summerville lead.
The Fort added a run off a Mike Maiorelle single in the sixth and two runs off a Summerville throwing error in the seventh but couldn’t pull any closer.
The Wave (16-4, 7-2) closes its season Friday with a game against Colleton County. A Summerville win will clinch the region’s No. 2 spot but even if the Wave losses it will likely finish as the region runner-up. The Patriots (9-10) are in danger of not making the playoffs depending on how the other region teams finish their schedules. The Fort closes its schedule by hosting Battery Creek Friday.