How long has it been since Hanahan last won a state baseball championship?
To give you an idea, listen to coach Brian Mitchell.
"I was 1 year old and living in Michigan," Mitchell said. "They won it in 1976. I'm looking at the state championship trophy now: Class AAA state champs. I was born in 1975. I was 1 year old, so it's been a while."
The Hawks open the best-of-three Class AA state championship series at home today against perennial power Chesnee. The Hawks know something about perennial state powers. They beat Bishop England twice Friday to deny the Bishops a chance at their fifth state crown in eight years.
The Hawks got the job done behind the outstanding efforts of brothers Bryce and Bret Hines.
The two pitchers threw completes games and combined for eight hits at the plate to help push the Hawks' record to 26-4.
"Make no mistake about it, the kids were excited about beating Bishop England two times. I'm definitely concerned about a letdown," Mitchell said. "But the kids have worked hard and they realize what's at stake."
Chesnee is coached by Dean Jones, who has won more than 700 games in his career and is in his 47th and final season as coach. Game 2 of the series is in Chesnee. Game 3, if needed, will be at a neutral site on Friday.
The Hawks are one of seven teams still alive as the final week of the High School League season wraps up. Three teams are in action tonight.
The Summerville softball team, which is making its first appearance in a state championship series, begins its best-of-three Class AAAA series at Mauldin.
In girls soccer action, Academic Magnet plays in the Class AA-A Lower State championship at Waccamaw, while Wando plays at Dutch Fork for the Class AAAA Lower State title.
Three area boys soccer teams pursue Lower State championships on Tuesday night. In Class AAAA, Wando travels to Irmo. Bishop England hosts Waccamaw in Class AA, and Academic Magnet hosts Hardeeville at 6:30 p.m. in Class A.