After a week of competitive games, the 32-team Hanahan Invitational baseball tournament came down to a pair of locals.
Defending tournament champion Summerville made it back-to-back championship game victories, defeating area rival Wando, 7-2, in the 45th annual event at Sportsman Field in Hanahan.
Summerville improved to 16-3 with the win, going 5-0 during the week. The Green Wave scored twice on wild pitches and twice on throwing errors after steals of third base.
At times, the somewhat sloppy game was played as if the two teams were playing their fifth game in four days. Wando committed five errors, hit four batters, walked four and threw five wild pitches.
"I thought we played pretty well tonight and really all week," said Summerville head coach Alan Bridges. "We have made some changes this week defensively and I think it has really helped us. We threw a lot of arms. We are built for a tournament like this, really, and our depth helped us this week."
Summerville took an early 1-0 lead with the benefit of two Wando errors in the top of the first inning after Johnston McCurry swiped third and scored on an errant throw. McCurry, a senior shortstop who was moved to left field in recent days, was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.
"Johnston is a really unselfish kid, a real team player," said Bridges. "I think a lot of the pressure is off and he really had a great week for us."
After leaving the bases loaded in the bottom of the first, Wando tied the game in the top of the second when Payton Muller delivered Trevor Pedersen with a two-out single.
Summerville left the bases loaded in the top of the third and Wando took advantage, grabbing a 2-1 lead on Noah Locascio's solo homer just inside the left-field foul pole.
Summerville answered with three runs in the top of the fourth. Zach Mosay scored on a wild pitch after reaching on a walk, and Charlie Fessler's sacrifice fly to right gave the Green Wave a 3-2 lead. Later in the inning, T.J. Hopkins stole third and scored on an errant throw for a 4-2 lead.
The Green Wave added a run in the fifth with Sawyer Bridges scoring on Jack Bahen's fielder's choice groundout.
Summerville scored two runs in the seventh, one on a wild pitch and another on a bases-loaded hit by pitch.
"This is a team effort, what we're trying to do, and I am willing to do anything to help us become a better team," said McCurry, who also is the team's closer and retired all three hitters he faced in the seventh. "I feel good about the week I had and the week we had as a team. The playoffs are coming fast and we want to be ready. This was a good tournament for us to play."
With spring break out of the way, Summerville's focus returns to region 8-AAAA play. The Green Wave has a key region battle with Ashley Ridge on Monday night.
Ashley Ridge captured the junior varsity championship with a 7-4 win over West Ashley. The Swamp Foxes were led by sophomore first baseman Justin Peterson, who homered and drove in three runs in the victory.
Summerville 1 0 0 3 1 0 2
Wando 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
R H E
Summerville 7 6 1
Wando 2 8 5
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