Cougar Baseball hoping to clinch Region 8-AAAA title in Saturday game

by | April 19, 2017 5:20 pm

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Heading into last evening’s Senior Night for Cougar Baseball, there were three factors in the equation that could put first-year Head Coach Jermale Paige and his team in the history book for Colleton County High School.

Of those three pieces, two were things they could control – and one was something out of their hands.

Should the Cougars get the win over Berkeley Saturday, Coach Jermale Paige and his staff would be the first to capture a region title for baseball in the history of Colleton County High School. Photo by Cindy Crosby

The first piece fell into place Tuesday evening, as the Cougars defeated Stall 7-2 – improving their record to 11-8 overall and 7-2 in Region 8-AAAA.

Then, as Lake Boseman threw his final strike of the game to earn the win, the news made its way around the ballpark – the one piece they couldn’t control themselves had fallen into place. Beaufort would defeat Hilton Head (8-6) on Tuesday evening, to put both the Eagles and Seahawks finishing 7-3 in Region 8-AAAA.

Now, the Cougars have one crucial piece of the puzzle remaining – one region game against Berkeley (4-5) this Saturday at 3 p.m. at Cougar Park.

Should the Cougars get the win over Berkeley, they would capture the Region 8-AAAA Baseball Championship for the first time in the history of Colleton County High School.

Not since 1991 has a region baseball championship been won by either Walterboro High School or Colleton County. The Walterboro High School Baseball team went 21-7 and 11-3 to capture the Region 6-AAAA Conference Championship under Coach Ralph Martin in 1991. Current Assistant Coach Russell Polk also served as an assistant on that team.

Assistant Coach Paul Pye visits the mound late in the seventh inning against Stall. Boseman would go on to earn the win in a complete game effort. Photo by Cindy Crosby

Earlier this season, the Cougars defeated Berkeley 6-5 on the road.

Regardless of Saturday’s outcome, the Cougars are poised for a home playoff berth beginning Tuesday, April 25th.

Coach Jermale Paige was steady under the pressure Tuesday evening – knowing exactly what’s at stake on Saturday. “We just want everyone to come out on Saturday and support these fellows,” said Paige. “Hopefully, we can put this season in the record books and turn to readying for Tuesday’s home playoff game.”

 

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