Hawks begin hunt for state title
by Cindy Crosby | April 30, 2016 6:53 pm
The road to a state championship in baseball for Colleton Prep begins Monday, May 2 at 4 p.m., when the War Hawks host the Newberry Academy Eagles in the opening round of playoffs.
Colleton Prep cinched the No. 1 seed in the Lower-Bracket of the SCISA Class A playoffs following their final two region games this past week against Dorchester Academy and Clarendon Hall. Newberry arrives at Will Haynes Field as the No. 4 seed.
Colleton Prep lost a nail-biter against Dorchester, 1-0, Tuesday, April 26 on the road. Christopher Reeves threw a two-hitter against the Raiders, with one unearned run being the difference in the pitcher’s duel. Dorchester would score their only run on a War Hawk error in the bottom of the fourth.
In a weather-related makeup game, the Hawks soundly defeated Clarendon Hall, 13-3, Thursday evening in a home game. The Saints jumped out 3-0 in the top of the first inning, but Lawson Griffith had an answer with an RBI single in the bottom. Wil Hughes helped the Hawks out of the second inning when he made a routine catch on a fly-ball in center and gunned it to first base; catching the runner off the bag for the double play. Nick Padgett would lead off the third inning with a stand-up double, followed by hits up-and-down the Hawk lineup to put the game out of reach.
Joe Bryan threw four innings of shutout baseball; earning the win for Colleton Prep.
Should the War Hawks split the doubleheader against the Eagles Monday, they would travel to Newberry for the “if” game on Tuesday. A win in the series against Newberry advances the Hawks to round two of the playoffs, where they would face the winner of the Patrick Henry (No. 2 seed) and W.W. King (No. 4) series. Colleton Prep would then host the round two doubleheader Friday, May 6.
Coach Nat Stoner will lead the War Hawks into the playoffs for the 13th consecutive season. Along the way, Stoner’s teams have captured three SCISA Baseball State Championships in 2005, 2006 and 2014.
The War Hawks finished the 2016 regular season 15-5 overall and 9-3 in region play.