Green Wave finds its rhythm in Hanahan

  • Thursday, April 4, 2013

Roger Lee/Journal Scene -- TJ Hopkins has been a big contributor at the plate for Summerville during this year’s Hanahan Invitational Tournament. --

The Green Wave baseball team outscored its opponents 49-9 this week to advance to the Hanahan Invitational Tournament championship game.
Summerville (12-7) notched four straight wins to advance to Friday’s championship game scheduled for 1 p.m. at Hanahan High School. The Wave and Starr’s Mill High School of Fayetteville, Ga. will compete for the tournament crown, which Summerville hasn’t claimed since the 1990s.
“The weather has warmed up and we played three days in a row so we kind of got in a rhythm,” Summerville coach Burt Bazzle said. “Hopefully that will continue.”
The return to the lineup of outfielder TJ Hopkins, who missed several games early this season due to injury, has provided some extra oomph to the Wave offense.
“Having TJ back is big for us and Michael Powell has been on fire at the plate,” Bazzel said. “Those two and Zack Mosay have been ripping the ball pretty good.”
The Wave sent 23 runners across the plate just in Wednesday’s action.
In the quarterfinals, Summerville defeated Pinewood Prep 12-0. Freshman hurler Sawyer Bridges pitched a one-hitter, fanning six Panther batters in five innings before the game was called due to the 10-run mercy rule. Bridges only walked two batters and hit one other with a pitch.
Craig Lilienthal was 2 for 3 at the plate with and RBI and two runs scored. Hopkins, Mosay and Michael Powell were all 2 for 4 with two RBIs and all scored runs. Hopkins and first baseman Billy Peatross both had a homerun in the game.
Pinewood second baseman Joel Roberts had the sole Panther hit.
In Wednesday evening’s nightcap, Summerville defeated previously undefeated Berkeley (16-1) by an 11-2 margin in a semi-final game. Mosay went the distance on the mound, striking out 13 Berkeley batters en route to picking up the pitching win.
Matt Powell had a pair of two-run doubles in the game.
In the second inning, Summerville scored three runs off hits by Peatross, Matt Powell and Johnston McCurry. In the third, the Wave plated five runs off hits by Miles Goodwin, Matt Powell, Craig Lilienthal and Hopkins. In the fourth Matt Powell’s second double drove in two runs. In the sixth, McCurry drove in the final Summerville run.
On Tuesday, Summerville defeated Hanahan 12-2 in five innings. Charlie Fessler earned the pitching win, throwing nearly four innings before being relieved by Alex Hursey. Mosay was 3 for 4 at the plate. Michael Powell was 2 for 3 and Hopkins was 2 for 4.
Summerville opened the tournament Monday with a 14-5 victory over South Laurel of Kentucky. John Eckley earned the pitching win, turning in approximately five innings on the hill. Fessler and Lilienthal both threw approximately an inning in relief.
Mosay was 3 for 4 at the plate with a homerun. Goodwin and Eckley were 2 for 3 and Michael Powell was 2 for 4.

This year’s junior varsity Hanahan Invitational Tournament championship game will also feature a Summerville-area team. At 4 p.m. Friday, the Summerville and Ashley Ridge JV teams will play at Hanahan High School in a semi-final game. The winner will advance to play either Colleton County or James Island in the championship, which will immediately follow the 4 p.m. game.
Contact Roger Lee @ 873-9424 ext. 213 or rlee@journalscene.com

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