Summerville defeats Starr’s Mill to win 44th annual HIT
HANAHAN — Summerville’s pitching and fielding have been solid this season. But when it came to hitting, it was more like a slumber party.
The Green Wave’s lumber finally came to life in this week’s 44th annual Hanahan Invitational Tournament (HIT). Summerville capped a big week with key hits Friday to beat Starr’s Mill (Ga.) High, 8-6, in the championship game at Hanahan’s Sportsman Field.
“This tournament, our bats woke up,” said Summerville coach Burt Bazzle, whose team won the HIT title for the first time since 1996.
“I feel better about the hitting. The pitching and defense have been pretty good, but the bats give us a little more confidence.”
The Green Wave improved their record to 12-6 and gave the tournament another local title winner. Whitewater, Ga., was the last out-of-state team to win the title, capturing the crown in 2010.
Wando won the title in 2011 and Ashley Ridge won it last year en route to a Class AAAA state championship.
Summerville had clutch hitting the entire game against the Panthers. The Green Wave scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning to claim the crown.
Tournament MVP Zach Mosay hit an RBI single to give the Green Wave a 7-6 lead, and Billy Peatross followed with an RBI single that produced a bang-bang play at the plate, but the Panthers’ catcher couldn’t hold on to the ball.
Mosay had multiple hit games in the HIT and batted nearly .600. He also picked up a pitching victory with a win over previously undefeated Berkeley in a semifinal game.
Summerville scored four runs in the top of the sixth inning, including three on Michael Powell’s home run to take a 6-3 lead. With a 3-2 count, Powell lined a three-run homer to left center off sophomore lefty Adam Goodman.
“He was hitting eighth in the batting order and they thought they surely could get the ball by him,” Bazzle said of Powell. “He had a good swing. No doubt that was huge.”
Johnston McCurry, who began the game as the Summerville’s second baseman, pitched a scoreless seventh inning to get the win.
“Johnston was the right guy to bring in today in that situation,” Bazzle said.
“He was throwing strikes and his fastball had a little giddy-up.”
Summerville 000 204 2 — 8 12 2
Starrs Mill 200 103 0 — 6 10 2