Baseball fans who enjoy good pitching should have no problem finding quality arms in the Lowcountry this spring.
Several area high school teams are loaded with solid mound prospects. In fact, area teams could produce as many as 10 Division I prospects when all is said and done.
Wando's staff will be anchored by junior USC commitment Harrison Smith and classmate Jeff Gottesman. At Summerville, senior Zack Mosay and sophomore Sawyer Bridges, a Clemson commitment, will be one of the top tandems in the lower state. Mosay has committed to Spartanburg Methodist.
West Ashley returns senior Jonathan Sabo and junior Anthony Vincelli, while Stratford returns juniors Jamison Mobbs, a right-hander, and lefty Eddie Hiott. Mobbs is a Clemson verbal commitment. Sabo is headed to USC Lancaster junior college.
Goose Creek could be a Region 7-AAAA contender with the return of seniors Cody Smith and Tyler Rio. Smith is a Charleston Southern signee. Cane Bay senior left-hander Cody Maw has not allowed a run in his first two starts, a span of 12 innings.
Fort Dorchester senior Corey Rawlings, a returning all-stater, opened the season with a no-hitter against Spring Valley last weekend. Berkeley returns junior all-stater Zach Gonzales, a nine-game winner last season, while James Island returns senior all-stater Daniel Wilcutt, a College of Charleston signee.
In SCISA, look for Pinewood Prep sophomore Chris Kuhn and senior John McMicking to make headlines this spring. Northwood freshman right-hander Kris Collins is a young prospect to watch, as is Porter-Gaud junior Bo Harrell.
St. John's Christian Academy's 6-4 left-hander Dustin Parsons, a junior, will garner some attention as well.
There are a few new faces directing varsity baseball programs in the area this spring.
Former Hanahan High star and Major Leaguer Bryce Florie is in his first season as the head coach at Northwood Academy, replacing the area's all-time winningest coach, Jerry Stoots.
Florie has never been a high school head coach, but has worked recently with the program at Hanahan and with the Diamond Devils summer showcase organization.
Former Timberland coach Chris Pond is now heading the program at Goose Creek. Replacing Pond in his former position is Timberland's football coach and athletic director Art Craig.
Summerville's program is now directed by former junior varsity coach Alan Bridges, who was named as Burt Bazzle's replacement when Bazzle retired from coaching in January. Bridges inherits a team ranked in the AAAA top five this season.
Rabun to miss season
One of the state's top senior softball prospects, Ashley Ridge catcher Aubrey Rabun, will miss her senior season after undergoing shoulder surgery last month.
Rabun is considered the top catching prospect in the state and has already signed with the University of South Carolina. She is expected to be ready for action when she enrolls in the fall.
Burke High thrower Raven Saunders, one of the top throwers in the country, wowed at last weekend's Sandlapper Invitational at West Ashley.
Saunders set meet records in both the shot put and discus events, easily winning both competitions. She threw the discus 157 feet and one inch, winning that event by 57 feet. She posted a distance of 48 feet, 3 inches in the shot put, winning that event by 17 feet.
A few other stars in girls' track to keep an eye on this spring include Fort Dorchester sprinter Jasmine Quinn, Pinewood Prep distance runner Maryah Nasir, and James Island jumper and sprinter MaKyla Stanley.
Two area wrestlers recently were named the top grapplers in their respective classifications by the High School Sports Report.
Cane Bay junior Matt Rudy was tabbed as the AAAA Wrestler of the Year after completing a 37-0 season with the gold medal in the AAAA 195-pound state tournament.
Academic Magnet senior Josh McDermett was named the AA/A Wrestler of the Year after capturing his second state championship and finishing the season with a 40-0 record.
Stratford's TJ Deveaux also had an outstanding year, finishing 32-0 at 182 pounds and winning the AAAA gold medal in his weight class.
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