Three pitchers combined for a four-hitter and three Green Wave batters had multiple hits as Summerville won its region opener March 24.

Summerville opened region play with a 10-2 win over Colleton County.

Starter Hoot Gibson threw the first four innings, striking out eight batters while walking only three and allowing four hits. Matt Chapman relieved him in the top of the fifth and struck out two batters while surrendering no hits and allowing only two base runners in two innings. Tyler Fletcher closed out the game, striking out two batters in the seventh while surrendering no hits and allowing only one batter to reach base.

Offensively, the Wave was led by first baseman Gabe Craven and third baseman Matt Chapman, who were both 3-for-4 at the plate with a double. Craven finished with two RBIs and a run scored and Chapman had one RBI and a run scored.

Gibson also helped his own cause, reaching on a triple and a single and driving in a run. Summerville had a total of 12 hits in the game.

The Wave continued region play March 26 with an 8-0 shutout of West Ashley and traveled to face Beaufort Monday in a game played after press time. Summerville entered the game at Beaufort with a 7-3 record.

Jamal Pickney got the Cougars off to a good start, driving in Bradley Davis with a single in the top of the first inning. It was three-up and three-down for the next two at bats and then Summerville opened things up in the bottom of the second to take a 5-1 lead.

Craven led off the bottom of the frame with a single and then scored when Chapman had a base hit. Chapman then stole his way around the bases thanks in part to a bad throw to third on his second steal attempt.

Shortstop Jesse Mikesell reached with a single and scored off a double by second baseman Matt White, who stole home for a 4-1 Wave lead. Gibson capped the excitement for the inning by smashing a triple to drive in Kendric Johnson.

Colleton cut into the lead in the third when Jamal Pickney doubled to plate Wightman Smoak. However, Summerville didnĂ­t surrender any more hits after the double.

In the bottom of the fourth the Wave cushioned its lead. Johnson stole home; Fletcher singled to plate courtesy runner Jacob Williams; and Craven doubled to plate Fletcher.

Summerville added runs in the fifth and sixth. Chapman reached on a double, which set up Williams to steal third and score on a wild pitch. The final run was scored by Brian Peagler off a base hit by Craven.

Contact Roger Lee @ 873-9424 ext. 213 or rlee@journalscene.com.