Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The 2012 Berkeley Stags won a District 7 championship with a team largely comprised of sophomores.
That team is back virtually intact in 2013 and has steamrolled over the early portion of its baseball schedule, going into the start of the Region 7AAA on March 18 5-0 with a pair of non-region games to play this week.
The Stags showed no signs of slowing down, notching a win this week, 7-4 over Brookland Cayce, and 22-11 over Colleton County.
The Stags are winning with a combination of hitting, stifling defense and shut-the-door pitching, all without District Championship hero Sterling Fiddie who is cleared to return to action this week.
The rest of the Stags hurlers are shutting the door on opposing offenses.
Andrew Lockliear is off to a strong start as the anchor of a young mound staff with a 2-0 mark and a 1.35 ERA.
Zach Gonzales is 1-0 with a no-hitter to his credit and a current hitless string of nine innings, and has not allowed an earned run.
Joe Glauser has come out of the pen and snuffed out rallies, including three innings of one-hit shutout pitching against defending Class AAAA state champs Ashley Ridge in the Post 166 Tournament championship game.
At the plate, Eric Orton sets them up and Kyle Garrick drives them home.
The Stags have been getting timely hitting and big hits up and down the lineup. Garrick’s 8th inning homer beat Ashley Ridge. Orton is the table setter. He sparks the offense in the leadoff spot.
Lockliear, Gonzales, Connor Teague and Brandon Browder have contributed with big hits over the first five games.
Browder found his stroke against Brookland Casey with a single and a pair of RBIs, and Teague keyed a four-run fourth inning driving in two with a single to center.
Lockliear scattered eight hits and K’d five going the distance for the win.
Gonzales stroked a pair of doubles to lead BHS at the plate.
The Stags hit the road this week for a District 7 Championship rematch against Cane Bay, then host Brookland Cayce at home on Wednesday.
The Region 7AAA schedule kicks off on Monday, March 18 against James Island.