Locals honored as all-state, all-stars in baseball and softball


All-State recognition and all-star rosters for prep baseball and softball are being released over the next several days and local players are showing up on many of the respective lists.

In baseball, the state hosts two major all-star events in June — both in Myrtle Beach. The South Carolina/North Carolina select challenge is played at Coastal Carolina on June 11-12, while the North-South all-star games between upper and lower state all-stars are played at the Ripken Experience complex on June 12-13.

One player from the Lowcountry — Summerville outfielder T.J. Hopkins — will play for the S.C. select all-star team. Hopkins, a USC signee, is regarded as one of the state’s top senior prospects and earned all-state and all-region honors this season.

Goose Creek head coach Chris Pond and Wando head coach Dirk Thomas will coach the South AAAA/A all-star team in the North-South games.

Selected to that roster are Anthony Vincelli and Jordan Merritt of West Ashley; Oliver Hill and Owen Ravenel of Wando; Jamison Mobbs and Eddie Hiott of Stratford; Charlie Fessler and Matt Powell of Summerville; Patrick Finkelstein of James Island and Bryce Jonason of Goose Creek.

Hanahan’s Brian Mitchell is a coach on the South AAA/AA all-star squad. Locals selected to that squad include Joe Glauser and Dillon Salisbury of Berkeley; Ryan McManus of Bishop England, Bradley Meckley of Hanahan and Ryan Troutman of Woodland.

The state’s Coaches Association of Women’s Sports (CAWS) has released its all-state teams for softball.

In AAAA, local selections include Nichole Linthicum of Stratford, Virginia Moore of Wando, Summer Jenkins and Taylor Belfiore of Summerville and Lexi Thompson of West Ashley.

Hanahan’s MacKenzie Dyson and Berkeley’s Jessica Stanley were named Class AAA all-state.

Summerville High has announced the hiring of Chris Digby as the next girls basketball coach. Digby will replace former coach Matt Legare, who stepped down after five seasons earlier this spring. Digby served as an assistant under Legare for the last five seasons, helping guide the program to four consecutive Region 8-AAAA titles.