Stags rout Hanahan, Stall and O-W to claim Region crown
The Berkeley Stags broke out their big sticks and pounded their way to the Region 8-AAA championship with a 16-2 win over Hanahan on April 13, a 15-1 over Stall on April 15, and a 10-0 shutout over Orangeburg-Wilkinson on April 17.
Berkeley finished the season with a 20-2 record overall and a 9-1 mark in region play.
On the road against the Hawks the Stags took advantage of the close confines of Hanahan’s ballpark and pounded 18 hits in the 16-2, five-inning win.
Eric Orton and Connor Teague paced the Berkeley offense with three hits each, and Kyle Garrick, Brandon Browder and Josh Simmons homered as the Stags clinched a tie for the region crown. Garrick also had four RBIs in the win.
Back home in the more spacious confines of Jim Bradley Field, the Berkeley offensive barrage continued rapping out 13 hits in the 15-1 win over Stall. Four Stags pitchers, Chris Wrenn, Sterling Fiddie, Josh Clarke and Brad Browder combined to toss Berkeley’s third no-hitter of the season.
It was the second combined no-hitter for Clarke who threw two hitless innings in Berkeley’s 20-1 no-hitter over Stall on March 22. Zach Gonzales has the other Stag no-hitter, a 2-0 win over Fort Dorchester on Feb. 28.
Josh Fiddie, Bryce Kunkle and Chris Wrenn each had two hits as Coach Landy Cox emptied his bench in the win. Wrenn doubled to drive in four runs on the night.
In the 10-0 win over Orangeburg-Wilkinson, the Stags blew the doors off the barn with a six-run third inning to seal the region title. Simmons had a pair of hits and two RBIs and Gonzales two hits and a pair of runs scored.
Joe Glauser picked up the win, throwing three scoreless innings without giving up a hit and striking out four.
In the regular season finale Berkeley fell to Hilton Head 1-0 to finish 5-1 in Region 8AAA play. Both the Seahawks and Stags finish with 9-1 records, but Berkeley takes the crown by virtue of the tiebreaker.
The Stags start Class AAA playoff action at home on Friday against the fourth seed out of Region 5AAA. This year BHS plays in District 8. In 2012 the team won the District 7 Championship 2-1 over Cane Bay.