Gators facing rebuilding effort in baseball

  • Sunday, May 11, 2014

Rob Gantt/Gazette Bryce Jonason played first base and also pitched for the Gators. He will be the top hurler returning next spring.


The end of the road arrived for Goose Creek High School’s baseball team last week.

The Gators were knocked off twice by Lexington, 10-3 and 7-4, on the final day of the District V tournament and ended the year with a 15-11 mark.

“We didn’t play as well as we could (against Lexington) but the kids never quit,” Gators coach Chris Pond said.

This season, the Gators placed second in the Region 7-AAAA standings. They have some work to do before next season because a great deal of their production will be graduating.

The district games were the final ones for eight Gators seniors, including Charleston Southern signees Cody Smith and Chris Singleton.

Smith finished with a 4-3 record on the mound and batted .380 with 19 RBIs. He whiffed 69 batters in 47 innings.

Singleton led the team with a .416 batting average and drove in 25 runs.

Catcher Christian Sillanpaa and pitcher/infielder Tyler Rio were also seniors. Sillanpaa batted .333 with 21 runs scored and three triples.

Rio was the second starter on the mound and finished with a 5-4 record. He struck out 65 batters in 52 innings and also batted .284 with 13 runs and nine RBIs

Outfielders Kyle Moore (.254), Dalton Lash and Cody Jones were also seniors along with infielder Sean Freeland (.232).

“They worked hard all year,” Pond said.

Junior Bryce Jonason will be the top hurler returning next season. He had a 3-1 mark and fanned 30 batters in 31-plus innings. Junior Michael Cedotal threw 22-plus innings and had a 1-3 record.

Junior infielder Zach Owens will be the leading hitter returning at .278. He scored 12 runs.

Jonason batted .235 with nine RBIs.

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