Lowcountry baseball, soccer teams on the rise in state rankings

Wando senior forward Sam Ross was named the most valuable player of the Nike Palmetto Cup tournament played last weekend at Brookland-Cayce High School. (Frankie Mansfield/Moultrie News)

A full month into the spring sports season and things are starting to take shape. Several Lowcountry teams continue to be highly regarded in statewide rankings that are compiled and released by the coaches’ associations in baseball and soccer.

In the new baseball polls this week, Ashley Ridge is ranked third in Class AAAA, followed by Summerville at No. 4. Berkeley is ranked third in Class AAA and Bishop England is ranked second in Class AA. The Bishops began the season with a 1-5 record but have recorded recent wins over Ashley Ridge and Hanahan to improve to 5-7 as they begin Region 6-AA play.

In soccer, Wando remains the top-ranked team in Class AAAA boys while Ashley Ridge is ranked 14th. Hanahan is the lone area team ranked in Class AAA, at 13th, while Bishop England and Academic Magnet are ranked first and third, respectively, among Class AA teams.

In girls’ soccer, Wando is ranked fourth in Class AAAA, with Fort Dorchester at No. 6 and James Island at No. 7. Bishop England is ranked No. 1 in Class AA with Academic Magnet ranked second.

Porter-Gaud’s boys are ranked second in SCISA AAA while Northwood Academy is ranked second in AA/A. Porter-Gaud’s girls are listed third in AAA and Ashley Hall is ranked fifth. Northwood Academy’s girls are ranked third in the AA/A poll.

Wando senior forward Sam Ross was named the most valuable player of the Nike Palmetto Cup soccer tournament contested over the weekend. Ross helped lead Wando to the championship with a 2-0 win over tournament host Brookland-Cayce. The Warriors improved to 8-0 on the regular season.

Cane Bay’s baseball program competed in the Southeastern Baseball Classic in Hartsville during spring break. The Cobras went 3-1 in the event, including a 2-1 win over Class AAA power Hartsville. Cane Bay advanced to the championship game of the tournament, losing 2-1, to St. Paul’s VI of Virginia.

With threatening weather looming, tournament officials opted to push the tournament up a day, resulting in Cane Bay having to play a double-header that began after 11 p.m. on Wednesday night. The Cobras won both games, walking off the field at 3 a.m., before returning for a noon championship game on Thursday.

Earning all-tournament honors were pitcher John Sendziak, pitcher Dylan Harley, third baseman Jacob Judy and catcher Cameron Rozal. Rozal also made the academic team.

Summerville’s baseball team participated in the South Carolina Diamond Invitational over the spring break weekend, finishing with a 2-1 record. The Green Wave recorded wins over White Knoll and Blythewood, and lost to defending Class AAA state champion Belton-Honea Path. BHP won the tournament with a win over J.L. Mann in the finals.

Junior first baseman Jonny Watts was selected to the all-tournament team while senior pitcher Wilson Beattie was named to the academic team.

One of the top track and field meets in the state takes place this weekend as Spring Valley hosts the Taco Bell Classic on Friday and Saturday. The event attracts more than 30 high schools and several nationally ranked athletes from several states. County championship meets in Dorchester, Charleston and Berkeley counties will be contested next week, and Cane Bay will host its annual invitational meet on April 16.

Summerville High will host the All-American basketball camp for players ranging from third grade to rising freshmen on June 13-16. The cost is $80 per player. Contact Summerville basketball coach Greg Elliott at 843-816-4348 for more information.