The high school baseball playoffs begin this week, and one player you might want to check out, if you haven't already, is Stratford first baseman Chase Tidwell, an imposing figure at first base. The sophomore is 6-5 and can hit the ball a country mile. He could be a big-time recruit by the time he graduates in the spring of 2012.
"That's up to him," Stratford coach John Chalus said. "If he shows great work habits, hits the weight room and continues to improve, he can be there."
Tidwell played in the Wando system coming up in middle school, but his family settled in Goose Creek his freshman year and he joined the Stratford program. He spent last season learning the ropes at first base, showing signs of an impressive future at the plate.
This year, he leads the Knights with a .450 batting average (27 hits in 60 at-bats) and a .783 slugging percentage. He's collected five homers and five doubles. He also leads the team with 27 RBIs.
"He's starting to mature," Chalus said. "He's starting to learn the mental aspect of the game. He still has a long way to go, but he's getting there. He's a big kid for his age, and he's still young. We sometimes have to remember how young he is when he does make a mistake."
The James Island baseball team is having a memorable season, and part of the reason is the play of a small, but talented and united senior class. There are four seniors on the team and two signed scholarships on Thursday.
Senior third baseman Trey Walters signed with North Greenville while catcher/left fielder Joe Boudolf signed with Southern Wesleyan, which is located in Central.
Walters is ranked in the top 10 percent of his class. He will be graduating with a GPA of 4.14. Boudolf is a four-year letterman and, along with Walters, plays travel ball for the South Carolina Storm.
"It has been a pleasure coaching these two young men. It has been rewarding watching these two develop into fine baseball players and even better young men," coach Tom Hatley said. "I am excited about the opportunity presented to them and look forward to following their collegiate careers."
The Wando boys begin defense of their Class AAAA state track and field championship this week, and one of the athletes who will have a big role in the Warriors' success is sprinter Terrance Jefferson.
The sprinter is rounding into form and has had an impressive April.
He broke a 30-year-old school record in the 200- meter dash two weeks ago with a time of 21.64 seconds. That was .26 of a second better than the old record set in 1980. Jefferson is in striking distance of the best 200 time in the state. Dreher's Brandon Sanders has a time of 21.53.
Jefferson also had an impressive performance in Wednesday's Charleston County meet. He won the 100-meter dash in 10.91 seconds and claimed gold in the 200 with a time of 22.03.
Stratford third baseman/pitcher Patric Limehouse has committed to play for Florence-Darlington Tech.
He picked up his sixth victory of the season against no losses Friday with a four-hitter against West Ashley.
He entered the game with a 1.53 ERA. He was batting .349 with eight doubles and 14 RBIs.
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