Hanahan teams have different levels of experience
Hanahan’s diamond squads are on different ends of the spectrum as far as having proven varsity talent on the field this season.
The baseball team was hit hard by graduation, losing all but one starter. The lone starter back is junior shortstop Seth Lancaster, a commitment to South Carolina. Last season, he batted .345 with 28 RBIs and 25 runs scored. He had eight doubles, two triples and one home run.
“We’re extremely young but we’re not going to use that as an excuse,” HHS coach Brian Mitchell said. “These guys are just going to have to grow up quickly. We believe they’re capable of playing good ball. The biggest thing is going to be consistency.”
Lancaster could also pitch some but they prefer to keep him in the middle of the defense. The team’s starting pitchers are southpaw Collin Strimpfel, righty Dalton Pate, righty Cameron Maze and southpaw Brandon Caddell.
The Hawks lost to Pinewood Prep on Friday night to cap the first week of the regular season with a 1-2 mark.
The Hawkettes softball team has five returning starters. Everybody up the middle has experience.
Catcher Brittany Hines, pitcher Megan Wright, second baseman Kayla Dyson, shortstop Emma Scharett and centerfielder Abby Kennedy are all returning starters. They also bring back Alli Adams at designated hitters.
“We’re pretty deep,” HHS coach Katrina Moffett said. “We’ve got a lot of players that are really good. Every single player has played multiple games this season.”
The Hawkettes concluded the first week of the season with a 3-0 record, beating Goose Creek 12-8 on Friday. HHS also defeated Fort Dorchester and Ashley Ridge last week.