BOWMAN COLUMN: Pinewood Prep golf team poised for another SCISA state title
Pinewood Prep golf coach Greg Baechtle says his team has the manpower to win a fifth straight SCISA state golf championship.
He also says the team has plenty of girl power, too.
The Panthers have two girls in their top five golfers. Katelyn Dambaugh is the No. 2 golfer on the team, while Reona Hirai is the No. 3 golfer.
Just how rare is it for a boys team to have two outstanding girls in the lineup?
“We played in the Lowcountry Invitational and there were 22 teams, 110 golfers,” Baechtle said. “Katelyn and Reona were the only two girls out of 110 golfers.”
Dambaugh is a junior and has already committed to play at the University of South Carolina. Hirai is a sophomore, and Baechtle said she has the talent to play at the next level.
“Reona is so accurate, it’s unbelievabale,” Baechtle said. “She’s just so consistent. She’s a hard worker, as well.”
The Panthers, who own a 13-3 record, have won five of the last six SCISA titles and will wrap up their seventh consecutive region title next week barring a meltdown in the final region match of the season.
“We just been very fortunate to have good golfers come through the program,” Baechtle said. “We’re not quite as strong as we’ve been in past years, but if we go out there and play to our potential, we should win another state title.”
This year’s SCISA state championship will be held April 23-24 at Coastal Carolina University.
Junior Richard Hubbard is the Panthers’ No. 1 player. He’s committed to play for the Wisconsin Badgers, who are coached by Michael Burcin, an assistant at South Carolina for seven years before moving north.
“Richard is a good solid player,” Baechtle said. “He should have success at the Division I level.”
Dambaugh is a lefty who struggled early in the season because she played basketball, which spilled over into March.
“She’s starting to round into form,” Baechtle said. “She should be ready by the time the state championship rolls around.”
Junior Jeff Chickarella is the No. 4 golfer. He’s been on the team since he was in the sixth grade and is in his first year as a starter.
Justin Stark is the No. 5 golfer. He is only in the eighth grade.
Wave wins title
The Summerville baseball team recently won the sixth annual BATR UP Tournament in Bluffton.
The Green Wave went 4-0 and Stephen Windham was named the MVP.
Billy Peatross, Tripp Knowles, Matt White and Mike Goodwin also made the all-tournament team.
The Green Wave topped Beaufort, East Carter (Ga.), Battery Creek and South Lakes (Va.) to win the title.
The Post and Courier will publish baseball statistical leaders on Friday’s Prep Zone page.
Coaches are asked to provide their top players in all hitting and pitching categories. The deadline to submit statistics is noon on Thursdays.
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