By CINDY CROSBY
The Colleton County Varsity Baseball team dropped to 0-6 overall and 0-2 in Region VII-AAA following recent losses to Hilton Head High School (8-2, 12-0) and to its non-conference opponent, Oceanside Collegiate (9-1).
In game one of the two-game series against Region VII-AAAA opponent Hilton Head High School on Monday, March 22, the Colleton County Cougars trailed by six after four innings and could not recover from the early deficit. Warren Hunter started on the hill for Colleton County and lasted three and two-third innings, allowing six earned runs on four hits. He struck out three and issued seven walks.
Cohen Crosby threw two and a third innings in relief, allowing one earned run on four hits, striking out three and issuing a single walk.
Michael Ortiz was 2-4 in the game. Grayson Cromer, Cam Farnsworth and JC Poe recorded hits.
Playing against the Seahawks in game two of the series on Wednesday, March 24, Dustin Hadwin recorded the loss for Colleton County, allowing no earned runs on five hits, striking out two and issuing four walks. Cromer and Ortiz provided relief. Jackson Bell, Ben Kennedy, Cromer, Gabe Wolf, Warren Hunter, and Dakota Dandridge had hits in the game.
In the loss to Oceanside Collegiate on Thursday, March 25, Dakota Dandridge earned the start, allowing four earned runs on three hits, issuing five walks. Crosby closed the game, allowing no earned runs on one hit and issuing a walk. Ortiz recorded the only hit in the lineup for Colleton County.
“We’re in a slump,” said Cougar Head Coach Jermale Paige. “We just have to keep playing the game until we get out of it. The moment we get out of this slump – we cannot turn back.”
Colleton County was scheduled to host non-region opponent Hanahan High School on Monday, March 29th before beginning the two-game Region VII-AAAA series against Bluffton High School.