Stags don’t hesitate in win over Stall

  • Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Dan Brown/Independent -- Josh Simmons slides home with the Stags’ first run in their 5-3 win over James Island. --

This was a game featuring a good baseball team, if not the best in Region 7AAA in Berkeley, against a Stall program still trying to find its game legs.
The result was ugly: a 20-1 win for BHS at home on Friday night.
Three Stags pitchers combined to no-hit the Warriors propelling Berkeley to a perfect 9-0 record and a commanding 3-0 record in the region.
Joe Glauser, Bryce Kunkle and Josh Clarke teamed up to hurl the Stags second no-hitter of the 2013 season, following Zach Gonzales’ gem against Fort Dorchester. The no-hitter put an exclamation point on what was supposed to be the Stags’ first real test in Region 7AAA, with big games early on against James Island and Hanahan.
Berkeley passed with flying colors downing the Trojans 5-4 and the Hawks 4-2, relying on big game innings with vintage small ball style.
Against James Island on March 18, Berkeley plated four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to come from behind and win.
Down 3-1 the Stags loaded the bases on a pair of infield singles by Kyle Garrick and Zach Gonzales and a sacrifice/fielder’s choice by Andrew Lockliear when Garrick beat the throw to third.
Dylan Baker followed with a line-drive single up the middle, which plated Garrick and Gonzales to tie the score. 
Lockliear attempted to take third on the throw but the throw from the plate sailed high and wide down the left field line allowing both Lockliear and Baker to score standing up. In the seventh Gonzales slammed the door to pick up the save for Glauser.
Against Hanahan on March 20, Berkeley snapped a 2-2 tie with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth inning without hitting the ball out of the infield.
Josh Simmons reached on a bunt single. Dillon Salisbury sacrificed him to second. Eric Orton bunted for a base hit.
Connor Teague reached on an error when the shortstop’s throw pulled the first baseman off the bag. After a walk to Gonzales, Lockliear plated the second run beating out an infield single to first.
“This team refuses to lose,” said coach Landy Cox. “The sign of a good baseball team is when you find a way to win even on nights where you don’t play your best baseball. We did that against Hanahan.”
While it’s not time to engrave Berkeley’s name on the Region 7AAA championship trophy just yet, the Stags stand atop the heap with Orangeburg-Wilkinson and Hilton Head on deck to conclude the first run through the Region 7AAA schedule, and on Thursday Berkeley hosts Cane Bay in a rematch of last year’s District VII championship game.
Last year the Seahawks denied Berkeley a shot at the region championship handing the Stags a pair of one-run losses, 1-0 and 2-1.
Both teams enter Wednesday’s game undefeated and with perfect 3-0 region marks.
First pitch is at 7 p.m.

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