Stoner: Hawks will need to play with purpose | Sports | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | March 31, 2016 5:00 am
Last Updated: March 31, 2016 at 5:58 pm
By CINDY CROSBY
The War Hawks played three games this past week with mixed results: losing two and earning a win. Colleton Prep will have this week off before they head into the second half of its schedule when the War Hawks face most of their region opponents.
On Monday March 21, Colleton Prep lost 11-8 on the road against Thomas Heyward Academy. Nick Padgett drove in Joshua Craven in the top of the first inning to put the War Hawks on the board early in the game. The Rebels answered with eight runs of their own in the second. CPA fought back in the seventh, leaving the bases loaded, to make it an 11-8 final.
Joshua Craven got the start for Colleton Prep on the hill, before giving way to Lawson Griffith in the second.
Colleton Prep easily rolled past Jefferson Davis on Tuesday, in a 16-1 hit-a-thon. Joe Bryan earned the win, going all three innings, throwing just 32 pitches. Padgett led CPA at the plate, going 2-4 in the game. Brian Murdaugh was 1-1 with two RBIs and Matt Craven was 1-2 with three RBIs.
The War Hawks hosted rival Dorchester Academy on Thursday and lost a close game 2-1. Starter Christopher Reeves, who was returning after missing most of the week due to illness, took the loss for CPA. “Chris pitched six great innings,” said Coach Nat Stoner. “He stuck out eight, only allowing two runs on two soft hits.”
Colleton Prep only recorded two hits in the game: Nick Padgett and Matt Craven. “We hit the ball hard three or four times,” said Stoner. “Brian Murdaugh and Josh Craven both had ***** caught that would have hit the fence, but their outfielders made good catches. Brian’s hit would’ve tied the game in the seventh. However, we could only get one run across in the inning.”
CPA heads into spring break at 8-3 overall and 3-1 in region play. “Now, we have spring break,” said Coach Stoner. “We will need to come back for the second half of the season looking to get better and playing with a purpose, to make the rest of the season one that ends with us playing great baseball.”