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James Island High School

Trojans hope hitting can assist good pitching in 2019


By David Shelton

Senior Writer

James Island – Second-year head coach Matt Spivey says his 2019 James Island High baseball squad will compete with any team on its schedule if they find consistent offensive production.

It is no secret that Spivey has a pretty solid stable or arms on the mound this spring. The top two arms are college signees and have plenty of experience.

The question for this season will be how much the offense can assist the pitching to give the Trojans a chance to improve on last year’s 9-16 record.

“We return several guys who have pitched at the varsity level,” Spivey says. “While the team overall is considered young, the majority of the innings pitched from last year’s team has returned. The ability to pitch is something we are excited about, however, we will have to grow up fast at the plate and defensively.”

Anchoring the pitching staff are seniors Jaxon Weatherford and Bobby Alexander. The left-handed Weatherford, a USC Lancaster signee, sported a 2.14 earned run average last season. Alexander, a right-hander who has signed with College of Charleston, was 1-3 on the mound last year but got very little run support.

Seniors Tyler Pendleton and Owen Morillo also return with mound experience. Pendleton will also be a starter on the infield and hit .375 last year. Morillo anchors the outfield in center.

Sophomore outfielder Stephen West will be counted on for innings on the mound as well, along with sophomore Ayrton Leichner.

Sophomore Julius Reynolds will take over as the fulltime starter at shortstop and will be a key defensive leader, according to Spivey.

Freshman prospect Hogan Garner will handle the catching duties. Garner is a Clemson verbal commitment.

The soccer season is well underway as well at James Island. The boys team is off to a 7-2-1 start after posting a 15-9 record last season. The Trojans are expected to contend with favorite Wando for the region 7-AAAAA title this spring.

The girls team also will be a contender in region seven. The Trojans have opened the season with a 6-2 record, winning five straight matches as of March 15th.

Sophomore Alarie Hodge is off to a great start, scoring 11 goals with two assists in the first eight outings. Senior Molly Conway has five goals and five assists as well.

 Sophomore Maggie Gardner, sophomore Kaitlyn Overla and freshman Kayla McGary each have scored two goals in the early stages of the season.







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