Junior Jeff Zeigler dazzled on the bump and propelled the Berkeley High School baseball team to its first Berkeley County Diamond Classic title since 2016.
Zeigler threw a complete game on Saturday, using 91 pitches to blank Fort Dorchester High School, 1-0, in the preseason tournament, played over a week at Berkeley and Goose Creek high schools. He struck out seven while allowing three hits and two walks.
“He threw three pitches for strikes, all at the bottom of the knees, and the defense made every play behind him,” Berkeley coach Landy Cox said. “That was the best pitching performance I’ve seen in a while for a Berkeley pitcher.”
Zeigler was clutch at the dish too, going 2 for 3 with a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the fifth.
The Stags finished 3-1 in the event, beating First Baptist (14-4) and Oceanside Collegiate (7-1) before suffering its only loss (3-1) to Colleton County.
“I was proud of them,” Cox said. “All of them went to the state championship basketball game on Friday and probably got in at 2 a.m. They could have drug in there but they came in and made every play and we got one timely hit.”
The Stags had three hits as a team.
Hanahan High School won the third-place game, edging Colleton County 1-0. Hawks pitcher Mac Toman worked six innings and struck out eighth batters. Luke Litwin got the final three outs to earn the save.
Coleman Jenkins drove in the game’s lone run in the second inning on a groundout.
The Hawks were 3-1 in the tournament, also losing to Fort Dorchester (1-0) and beating Goose Creek (15-2) and Academic Magnet (2-1).
Academic Magnet edged Oceanside 3-2 to place fifth and Goose Creek was seventh after slipping past First Baptist 7-6.
All four placement games were at Berkeley.
Cobras second in Red Bank Invitational
Cane Bay High School’s baseball team placed second in the Red Bank Invitational on Saturday, falling to South Aiken 13-3 in the final.
The Cobras finished the tournament with a 3-1 record, beating Lakewood (12-0), Brookland-Cayce (7-3) and host White Knoll (9-5) in the week-long tournament.
John Shelton, Kristofer Blanco and Jacob Flesher were all-tournament selections for the Cobras.
Morrison, Williams win twice for Stags
Berkeley High School sprinter Tre Morrison and hurdler Jaquon Williams won a pair of events in the Sandlapper Track and Field Classic at West Ashley High School on Saturday.
Morrison won the 200- and 400-meter dashes for the Stags while Williams won the 110- and 400-meter hurdles.
For the Berkeley girls, Karmen Taylor won the discus event.
In the team standings, Cane Bay’s girls were the top squad from the Berkeley County School District, placing sixth. Berkeley’s girls placed eighth.
In boys, Stratford was sixth and Berkeley seventh.