Summerville baseball coach Burt Bazzle joined an exclusive club Monday night when he won his 500th game.
SCHSL winningest baseball coachesWins Coach, school Years889 David Horton, Bamberg-Ehrhardt 1968-2012733 Mike Johnson, Georgetown 1970-present729 Dean Jones, Chesnee 1965-2010* 598 Jerry Stoots, Stall 1971-2000570 Bob Kleinknecht, West Florence 1977-present562 Al Berry, Lancaster, Dutch Fork 1980-2008519 Jimmy White, Hartsville 1975-2002515 Strothers Sligh, Irmo 1972-1998500 Burt Bazzle, Summerville 1986-present* - Does not include his 267 games won at Northwood Acad.
The longtime Summerville skipper becomes only the ninth baseball coach in S.C. High School League history to reach 500 victories.
“That’s a great honor,” said Bazzle, who has served as the Green Wave’s head coach since 1986. “I once heard someone say that if you stay around long enough, good things happen.”
Summerville gave Bazzle No. 500 with a 2-0 victory over Goose Creek. Sawyer Bridges pitched a one-hitter for the Green Wave, who improved to 4-2.
Bazzle’s milestone almost went unnoticed, which is what he preferred. But his wife, Lynn, notified school officials that he was about to make history.
“She started inquiring about my record,” he said. “She kind of got everything stirred up and got the buzz going.”
Bazzle said his success can be attributed to everyone who has played or coached during his tenure. One of his current coaches, Matt Spivey, played on the 2003 team that won the Class AAAA state title.
“I’ve been around a lot of good people,” he said. “By no means is this something I could have done myself.”
Bazzle becomes the latest Summerville coach to reach an impressive milestone.
John McKissick is the winningest football coach in history with 601 victories.
Teresa Kendle is believed to be the only coach in high school history to win at least 500 games in both basketball and volleyball.
Barbara Blanton started the Summerville tennis program and was coach for three decades. She is one of the winningest tennis coaches in state history with more than 200 victories.
And then there’s Bazzle, who at age 56 still has plenty of time to add to his record.
“I look at our athletic director (McKissick), and he’s 86 years old,” Bazzle said. He’s still going strong. Sometimes, I think to myself, ‘Hey, why not?’ Summerville is a great place to live and coach.”
David Horton is the all-time winningest baseball coach in state history. He won 889 games at Bamberg-Ehrhardt.
Region 6-AA basketball
The Bishop England girls basketball team, the Class AA state runner-up, swept the major awards as Region 6-AA coaches announced their all-star team.
Mary Harriet Moore was named player of the year, and Paul Runey was named coach of the year.
Joining Moore on the region team are teammates Michele Boykin, Ellie James and Mia Kiernan.
Aaliyah Hill and Jayme Chisholm are Ridgeland- Hardeeville’s selections.
Also making the team are Daisja Cannon and Erica Alston, Battery Creek; Bria Brown and Breona Kelly, Burke; Tasia Hopkins, Woodland; Choral Linhart, Academic Magnet; Ariel Brown, North Charleston; and Rashida Minson, Garrett Tech.
Woodland swept the boys’ major awards. The Wolverines’ Sergio Smith is the player of the year and Joe Mackey is coach of the year.
Joining Smith on the team are teammates Juadon Chandler and Michael Wamer. Battery Creek’s selections include Yuneek Crittenden, DeVontae Wilson and Adonis Williams.
Also on the team are Ridgeland-Hardeville’s Terrance Frazier and Charles Mitchell; Bishop England’s B.J. Grevey and Jacob Vecchiolla; Tyre Moore, Academic Magnet; Derrick Smith, Garrett Tech; Devon Smith, Burke; and Josh Gantt of North Charleston.
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