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A Visit With Many Top Baseball/Softball Prospects From Around South Carolina

By Billy G. Baker

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Moncks Corner---We may never know just what impact Covid-19 has truly had on the recruitment of baseball or softball players in America, but I can tell you last summer AAU teams participated in tournaments every weekend while college football programs were not allowed by the NCAA to conduct instructional where they often spot future prospects.

When Clemson started a softball program two years ago it was a great moment for the sport of softball in South Carolina because it meant a few more hard- working players would get an opportunity to further their educations at Clemson while playing softball. It would also give South Carolina some competition for top in-state talent.

Well so far in the 2021 class Clemson has signed without question the top two- way senior softball player in the state of SC with the signing of Hayley Whitesides of Byrnes High. Whiteside’s who is a five-year starter who has signed with Clemson. In 2019 Whiteside’s batted .441 with 9 home runs, 16 doubles and 36 RBI’s. She can place first or third when not in the circle. Her fast ball moves in the low to mid 60’s. 

Clemson likes her as a two-way player and they have indicated to her she will be given every opportunity to be a pitcher also,” said Coach Aiken.  “Haylee is a complete softball player and she competes to win with every fiber in her body.”

Katie Cochran, is a highly rated junior pitcher North Augusta who is committed to Central Florida. So far in the 2021 season Cochran is - 9-2; 1.016 ERA; 147 K's; 9 BB; 22 Hits; 62 Innings of work. “She is the most dominant pitcher my team has faced in South Carolina in quite a while,” said Byrne’s head coach Brandi Aiken after a 2-0 win over North Augusta earlier in the season.

 

Tucker Toman of Hammond, a highly rated junior from Hammond who is committed to LSU tells the HSSR: “I like the city of Baton Rouge and the culture there at LSU. Coach Cain, the recruiting coordinator, became my guy also. And you can’t forget about how it is the best atmosphere in college baseball.

I am a primary third baseman and that’s the position I like most because it is the hot corner and I like reacting to hard hit balls. I have not caught in a while so catching is just an option later on in my playing time.

My goal at The Hammond School this year is to win a State Championship and that’s what the guy’s standards are and we set the bar high and expect a lot from each other.

I am currently hitting .615 with three home runs and 10 RBIs after 10 games. I have thown 15.2 innings with 19 K’s and three balls and a 3.574 ERA.      

Robbie Jordan a senior RHP, 6’2” 200, from Florence Christian who recently limited Lauence Manning to three hits.  He high school coach Scotty Keefe said: “Robbie has several offers but has not made a decision yet. He has good pop on his fastball with movement along with good command of his changeup and curve ball. Our team has not given him good run support but he has pitched really well for us for the past few years.”

Cole Messina (6-0,215) a catcher from Summerville has signed with South Carolina.

“I love the atmosphere the fans bring to USC, the coaches are first class, and the competition is as well,” said Messina about why he chose the Gamecocks. “My goals at the next level are to help USC make it back to Omaha, whatever that job might be. Clemson and the Citadel were the only other college showing interest. 

“Yes, winning a state championship is the big goal this season, but we have a long way to get there,” said Messina. “My strengths on both sides of the ball are my leadership skills, I take a lot of pride in that. Yes, the obvious goal is to become a big leaguer.” 

Amberly Way is a 63 to 64 MPH power pitcher from Wilson Hall. She is just a sophomore with a bright future. Her 2019 stats as an 8 grader are very impressive. She had a 11-4 record with 148 K’s in 103.2 innings pitched. She is also a great hitter with a .640 average and 19 RBI’s.

Keep your eyes on this young lady over the next few years. Could she hit 70 by her senior year?  

Junior RHP Cam Freeman of North Myrtle Beach chose Georgia Tech over the following schools who were recruiting him Clemson, South Carolina, North Carolina, Ole Miss, East Carolina

  • He picked them due to the relationship he made with the pitching coach, Danny Borrell
  • Danny was the pitching coach for the Yankees before being hired into GT
  • Cam also liked the head coach Danny Hall and his long tenure at GT
  • GT Also just finished a multi-million dollar pitching lab to help develop pitchers

 Cam’s father tells the HSSR: “Cam does have interest in the MLB. He has scouts attend his games already and he is a Junior. Cam has a big summer season ahead as well with the Five Star National team. We will visit five states for summer baseball this year.

 “We would wait and make a decision on the MLB or GT as we get closer to his senior season end. Obviously, we would weigh all options and make sure it’s the best decision for Cameron. We would lean heavily on his pitching coach Mike Williams as well as Danny Borrell to help us make that decision as they have helped many other young men in the same situation.”

Football Note from Christ Church High School: Max Morgan-PK (6-4,220) Christ Church High: Are you currently updating or posting any more class of 2021 Football commits?  Our Punter/Kicker has just committed to Liberty University after being recruited by LSU, Oklahoma, UNC-Charlotte, Benedict, Wake, Wofford, and Stetson. He will sign on Wed., April 14.

Junior pitcher Alyssa Poston of Hartsville and Hartsville catcher Oliva Martin are two of the tops under classmen softball prospects in South Carolina. Poston is committed to Mars Hill. They helped lead the Lady Red Foxes to a 29-0 record in 2019 and the AAAA softball title. Hartsville finished ranked 12th in the nation in 2019.

 

Junior Kyle Percival of Andrew Jackson is committed to Wake Forest. (6-5, 200 L/L) Current record: 5-0, ERA 1.80, 40 K’s in 20 IP!

 

 

 

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