The Charleston RiverDogs will honor the Lowcountry’s best high school baseball and softball players Thursday night at Riley Park.
The Post and Courier’s baseball and softball players of the year and All-Lowcountry teams will be recognized in a ceremony prior to the start of the RiverDogs’ game against the Hickory Crawdads. The game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
“Charleston has such a rich baseball history and heritage that we are proud to share,” RiverDogs general manager Dave Echols said. “Recognizing the best our high schools have to offer is a great way to allow everyone to ‘Be Your Own Fan’ while showing their support for the pros and amateurs alike.”
West Ashley High School’s Jonathan Sabo is the baseball player of the year; Wando’s Danica Newton is the softball player of the year.
Landy Cox, who led Berkeley to a 25-4 record and its first region title in 50 years, is the baseball coach of the year. Heather Tucker, who led Summerville to the runner-up spot in the state, is the softball coach of the year.
Other baseball players who will be honored Thursday include Taylor Oden, West Ashley; Zack Madden, Cameron Garrett and Tradd Lowman, Bishop England; Michael Carpin and Babe Thomas, Wando; Tyler Weekley and Christian Dorothy, James Island; Zach Mosay and T.J. Hopkins, Summerville; Seth Lancaster, Hanahan; Andrew Lockliear, Berkeley; Michael DeLee, Woodland; Ryan Boyle, Fort Dorchester; and Cody Smith, Goose Creek
Other softball players who will be honored include Kayla Bannister, Wando; Taylor Wuerfel and Sarah Windham, Summerville; Kendall Jumper, Colleton Prep; Megan Johnson and Kali Rae Rose, Stratford; Kayla Dyson and Alison Adams, Hanahan; Aubrey Rabun, Ashley Ridge; Eran Artigues, Bishop England; Austin Utsey, Pinewood Prep; Kaitlyn Kerley, Fort Dorchester; Tayler Barcomb, Dorchester Academy; and Whitney Williams, West Ashley.
Kyle Heise, an assistant boys soccer coach at Brookland-Cayce High School, was the 13th inductee into the SCHSSCA Hall of Fame over the weekend in conjunction with the North-South Soccer Classic held on Daniel Island.
Heise is first assistant coach to receive this honor and was the lone member of the Class of 2013 Hall of Fame. It marked the first family combination of Hall of Fame members as his twin brother, Kevin Heise, head boys soccer coach at B-C, was a 2011 inductee.
A native of Cayce and 1989 graduate of BCHS, Heise has been a boys soccer staff member the past 24 years. Since 1991 the Bearcats have tallied 391 victories. Brookland-Cayce won two Class AAA Lower State championships, captured 12 region titles, reached the semifinals six times, finished ranked in the top 10 on 20 occasions, registered 21 straight playoff appearances, and qualified for the NSCAA Team Academic Award six consecutive years.