DIAMOND NOTES: Ison named first-team all-conference
Former Stratford baseball player Bobby Ison was named one of the top players in the Big South Conference on Monday.
Ison, a sophomore outfielder for the Bucs, was named to the all-conference team on the eve of the conference postseason tournament.
Ison, who was recently named the conference’s player of the week for the second time this season, is batting .367. He has 14 doubles, two triples and three home runs to go along with nine stolen bases.
In the Big South, Ison led the conference in hits with 81, while sitting second in total bases with 108 and fourth overall in batting average. He was also in the top 10 in multiple categories, including slugging percentage (.489, 7th), runs scored (10th), doubles (9th). He also led the Big South in batting average with runners on base, hitting at a .459 clip from the plate when CSU was on the basepaths.
Ison also had the claim to fame of leading the NCAA Division I with the distinction of being the toughest player to strikeout. In his 246 plate appearances, Ison struck out five times for an average of striking out once every 26 at-bats.
The Bucs drew the No. 8 seed for this week’s Big South Championships, which began on Tuesday. CSU faced Campbell.
• Charleston Southern pitcher Ryan Gunther (Stratford) enters the Big South tournament with a 7-4 mark and 4.14 earned-run average.
He’s fanned 67 batters in 82 innings pitchers for the Buccaneers.
• Citadel relief pitcher Skylar Hunter (Hanahan) was recently named second-team all-Southern Conference and also earned a spot on the conference’s all-freshman team.
He is second in the SoCon with 11 saves and has appeared in 30 games on the year, tied for the seventh most in the conference. In 33 innings he has struck out 40 batters, an average of 10.91 strikeouts per nine innings, and has fanned 24 batters looking, the only relief pitcher in the conference to rank in the top 10 in that category.
• Seattle Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak (Stratford) has hit safely in five straight games and eight of his last 10 to push up his batting average.
He’s hit two home runs during the stretch, including a solo home run on Monday against the Cleveland Indians. It was his second blast in three days.
He began May with a .237 batting average but is hitting .300 this month (12 of 40) and is now batting .252 on the season.
• Justin Greene (Stratford) was 2 for 5 on Sunday for the Mobile Bay Bears of the Double-A Southern League. On the season, he’s batting .297 and has helped his average with a recent surge.
He was hitting .310 over his last 10 game with four RBIs. He had two doubles on Saturday.
• Former College of Charleston softball player Ashton Jarrett (Hanahan) finished her career as an all-conference selection.
Jarrett, who played second base for the Lady Cougars, batted .316 with 11 stolen bases in 56 games.
• The University of South Carolina softball team advanced to an NCAA regional before losing to Texas in the championship game. Two local products were a part of the Lady Gamecocks squad, infielder Kelley Dillon and assistant coach Laura Trout.
Dillon (Hanahan) batted .221 in 34 games and had a pair of home runs.
Trout (Stratford) was in her first year as a coach with the Lady Gamecocks.