By Greg Hutton Special to The Post and Courier
HANAHAN — Bret Hines turned in a one-hit, complete-game effort on the mound as Hanahan defeated Waccamaw, 10-0, to claim the Class AA District 6 Championship on Wednesday evening at Sportsman Field.
With the win, the Hawks (19-8) will host District 5 titlist Marion on Saturday evening in the opening round of the Lower State tournament.
Hanahan coach Brian Mitchell emphasized the need to score runs early in the game, and Nick Zerbst put those words into action with a two-run homer to right in the first inning.
“(The Warriors) had to beat us twice, (and it’s) not an easy thing to do for anybody to go somewhere and win twice,” said Mitchell, whose squad defeated Waccamaw, 10-2, in the second round. “We felt that if we could get on them early, that might help kill any momentum they might have.”
Jose Rivera’s double off the center field wall cleared the bases before Ryan Manore and Hines added RBI singles in a five-run fourth inning for the Hawks, who took a 7-0 lead into the fifth.
Hunter Bessinger’s solo shot in the bottom of the sixth provided Hanahan with the mercy rule-shortened victory — the Hawks’ third triumph in as many tries against the Warriors this season.
“Today, we hit the ball pretty well,” Mitchell said. “The wind was blowing out and we got some breaks — a couple Hanahan home runs. We’ll take it.”
Hines looked sharp, striking out eight and walking four. The Citadel signee missed the first month of the season after injuring his throwing shoulder diving back to base in early March.
“He’s had probably three to four outings now and I think he’s starting to settle in,” Mitchell said. “He’s obviously not going to have too many innings on his arm because he couldn’t pitch. He looked really good today and had really good command.”
Waccamaw 000 000 — 0 1 0 Hanahan 200 512 —10 12 0
WP—Hines. LP—Colegrove. Record: Hanahan 19-8. Next: Hanahan hosts Marion in Lower State playoffs on Saturday.