The Wando baseball team didn’t repeat as Hanahan Invitational Tournament champions, but the Warriors are still enjoying a solid season.
The Warriors had a 12-game winning streak and own a 17-3 record and another Region 7-AAAA title despite heavy graduation losses including middle infielder Connor Bright, The Post and Courier’s Player of the Year last spring. He now plays for the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Another loss was catcher Nick Ciuffo, who transferred to Lexington after his sophomore season.
First-year coach Dirk Thomas is proud of the way his team has performed.
“We’re doing a lot better than most people thought we would,” he said. “The people directly connected to the team knew we would be good, but most of the outsiders wrote us off. Winning the region was a great accomplishment especially when a lot of people picked us to finish in the middle of the pack.”
The Warriors, who are 7-0 in region and play Goose Creek on Wednesday, have used pitching and hitting to succeed.
Thomas said starting pitchers Jake McBreairty, Michael Carpin and Daniel Willett are the best trio in the state.
“Some teams might have a better No. 1 starter, a better ace on their staff,” Thomas said. “But nobody has three quality pitchers like we do.”
Willett hasn’t allowed an earned run in 261/3 innings while McBreairty has a 1.11 ERA and Carpin is at 1.73.
Catcher Babe Thomas leads the team with a .468 batting average and two home runs, while third baseman John Eysen is right behind with a .446 average. Casey Fries and Matthew Filsoa are batting .400 while Trevor Pederson is at .390 heading into the final week of the regular season.
Grisillo signs with PCBishop England basketball standout Katelyn Grisillo has signed to play for Presbyterian College.
The 5-5 point guard had a big role in the Bishops’ recently completed undefeated state championship season, averaging 9.6 points,
5.9 assists and 4.0 steals per game.
Grisillo is a three-time all-state selection and was the Region 6-AA player of the year.
Grisillo also excels in the classroom. She has a GPA of 4.8 and is a nominee for Bishop England’s Kelly Leadership Award and the Manning Ring award for most outstanding girl in academics, character and athletics.
County track meetsThe Berkeley County Track and Field championships will be held Wednesday at Cane Bay High School.
The meet will feature Hanahan, the defending Class AA boys and girls state champions.
The Charleston County meet will be held Wednesday and Thursday at West Ashley.
The region meets will be held the following week and the State Tack and Field Championships will be held May 5 at Spring Valley High School.
Chalus honoredThe Stratford baseball team is having a tough season. The Knights have made the playoffs every year since the school opened in 1983. But that streak is in danger.
But coach John Chalus is still having success. The Berkeley County School District recently named him as the Teacher of the Year for Stratford.
Bell named MVPAshley Ridge catcher Nick Bell was named the Hanahan Invitational Tournament MVP after the Swamp Foxes defeated Beaufort, 6-5, to win the title.
He was 7-for-12 at the plate with a triple and 7 RBIs. He walked four times. He also threw out to runners who were trying to steal a base.
He will play for Coastal Carolina.
Follow Phil Bowman on Twitter: @pandcphil