Hawks move to semi-finals after eliminating Hilton Head
by The Press and Standard | May 15, 2019 5:00 pm
Last Updated: May 15, 2019 at 9:30 am
By CINDY CROSBY
The Colleton Prep War Hawk Baseball team went 2-1 in a best-of-three series against Hilton Head Prep during round one of the SCISA AA State Playoffs. Advancing to the semi-finals, the War Hawks were scheduled to take on the No. 1 seeded Williamsburg Academy in an away-home-away series slated to begin Monday May 6.
In game one against Hilton Head Prep on Monday April 29, the War Hawks fell 12-8 after the Dolphins scored four runs both the third and fourth innings to take a 10-1 lead. Colleton Prep plated six runs in the fifth and added one in the sixth, but it was not be enough to overtake Hilton Head Prep.
Colleton Prep saw six pitchers take the hill in the seven-inning game, with Jordan Crosby getting the starting nod. Crosby allowed five earned runs on seven hits, striking out three and issuing a single walk. Charlton Griffith, Dawson Sweat, Carter Smoak, Jesse Murdaugh and Brad Strickland saw action for CPA.
The War Hawks recorded 10 hits in the game. Connor Morris was 3-4 at the plate, with an RBI and two scores. Kyle Hooker, Crosby, Sweat, Strickland, Griffith, Murdaugh and Pete Peters recorded hits.
At home for game two the following evening, the War Hawks prevailed in an 11-10 win after Pete Peters singled to score two runs in the bottom of the sixth. CPA’s closer Carter Smoak shut the Dolphins down in the top of the seventh, striking out two and forcing a pop-up to CPA’s shortstop Connor Morris.
Strickland earned the start for CPA, allowing six earned runs on 10 hits, striking out six and issuing three walks. Smoak allowed two earned runs on three hits and struck out five in three innings of relief. Crosby, Strickland and Murdaugh recorded multiple hits in the game, while Peters and Dylan Kinard had 2-RBI’s each.
In the decision game played Thursday May 2 on the road, CPA won 9-6 after recording nine hits in the game. Kyle Hooker was 3-4 with an RBI, including a homerun in the second inning, and scored three times. Peters was 2-3 with an RBI and one score, and Morris had a long ball in the sixth inning. Sweat and Strickland had a hit each.
CPA used four arms in the game including Hooker, Murdaugh, Morris and Sweat. They combined to allow six earned runs on four hits, issuing nine walks and striking out two.