Majors battle to championship | Sports | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | June 30, 2016 5:00 am
Last Updated: June 29, 2016 at 11:52 am
By CINDY CROSBY
The Walterboro Majors made their way through the losers’ bracket in last week’s District 8 All-Star Tournament to vie for the championship against Hampton. However, the offensive effort of Hampton proved too much for Walterboro, resulting in an eventual 13-4 loss. Walterboro finished as the runner-up in the four-team bracket, which included Jasper-Ridgeland and Allendale, during the All-Star tournament held at the ACE Basin Sports Complex.
Following a 10-0 shutout by Hampton in the opening game of All-Star play, Walterboro defeated Allendale 19-8 in game two of the tournament. Thomas Kellam, Josh Caldwell and JC Poe combined for the win for Walterboro. Carter Smoak provided the offensive highlight with a solo home run. Following the win, Coach Brad Johnson was determined to see his team move through the bracket and re-match Hampton. “Hampton isn’t going to walk into our house and coast into the state tournament,” said Coach Brad Johnson. “We want another shot at playing them.”
The Majors defeated Jasper-Ridgeland 12-2 on the following night to advance to the championship game. Carter Smoak and Michael Ortiz combined for the win. Ryan Nettles blasted a home run in the top of the fourth for the offensive play of the game.
In the championship game, Walterboro fell behind early on, thanks to the solid performance of Hampton’s bats and defensive play.
“We lost our first game of the tournament, but never gave up,” said Johnson. “The boys fought their way through the losers’ bracket and ended up in the championship. Although it did not end in our favor, I can’t express how proud I am of all of these kids. There is a lot of talent and a bright future awaiting them with their continued hard work and dedication. I’d also like to thank the parents for supporting us and also express my thanks to my assistant coaches, Brent Hunter, Ryan Poe, Andy Nettles, Frankie Kellam and Randy Caldwell — without them, we could not have accomplished this.”