Hawks suffer rare losing season
It was a rare losing season on the diamond for the Hanahan baseball team.
The Hawks finished 7-15 overall and 0-2 in the Class AAA playoffs. Two of the last three seasons, they had played for the Class AA state championship before being decimated by graduation after the spring of 2012.
“We’re physically not where we need to be,” HHS coach Brian Mitchell said. “Our focus is to get bigger and stronger. I’m looking forward to the future. I knew this year could be difficult.”
Hanahan’s struggles can be traced back to the youth of the squad. The lone seniors were third baseman Dennis Flores and outfielder Josh Birkbeck.
The future looks bright, though.
The Hawks had five players bat over .300 this season and the top four will be back next season, led by sophomore outfielder/pitcher Brandon Caddell.
Caddell batted .386 with team highs in home runs (8), RBIs (24) and quality at-bat percentage (.550). Sophomore pitcher/corner infielder Dalton Pate had a .361 batting average with five home runs and 15 RBIs.
South Carolina commit Seth Lancaster, a junior shortstop, hit .358 with 17 RBIs and five home runs. Sophomore catcher Christian Leakey batted .317 with a team-high 19 runs.
Flores, a third baseman/designated hitter, was next with a .316 batting average.
Sophomore first baseman Ryan Williams batted .273.