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Knights baseball team on right track


By Rob Gantt

Special to the HSSR


GOOSE CREEK – Stratford High School’s baseball team is ranked inside the top 10 in the High School Sports Report’s Class 5A rankings.

“We have guys stepping up each night, helping us find a way to win,” Stratford coach Brandon Beckman said.

The Knights improved to 8-3 overall and 3-1 in Region 7-AAAAA with a 3-1 victory over Wando on Wednesday, March 20.

Sophomore Josh Davis tallied a quality start, striking out eight batters and allowing five hits over six innings, and also drove in a pair of runs. Wando had won the first meeting, 4-1, on Monday, March 18.

Senior first baseman Blake Marrs had the other RBI for Stratford and Cody Kinard came on to record the save against the Warriors.

The Knights meet Cane Bay on March 25 and 27 in a key region series.

“We know that the next few weeks are extremely important moving forward for not only playoff seeding but region-championship implications,” Beckman said. “We have some tough series left and our guys know that they are going to have to come to work each and every day to get better.”

Stratford’s starting pitchers have been strong all season.

Davis is 2-1 with a 1.30 ERA while Robbie Fleming is 1-1 with a 2.14 ERA. Jaden Maynor is 3-0 with a 1.24 ERA. “All three starters have been able to go deep into games, which really helps our bullpen and keeps them fresh,” Beckman said.

The pitching staff has a 1.79 ERA and 79 strikeouts compared to 21 walks.

Infielder Dylan Stewart, who missed last season with an injury, is setting the table very well at the top of the lineup. She’s batting .500 with a .551 on-base percentage.

“Dylan Stewart has been about as good as you can ask for in the leadoff spot,” Beckman said. “He is back this year after missing last year with an injury and he's not taking anything for granted. It shows.”

Citadel signee Travis Lott, a senior catcher, is another potent bat in the lineup. The lefty is batting .500 with a .628 on-base percentage.

Other productive bats for the Knights are outfielder Vito Dorio (.417 BA), infielder Kevin Mood (.375) and infielder Blake Marrs (.296).

 “We’re just hoping to not be afraid of hard work, battle through adversity and give ourselves a chance each game going forward,” Beckman said. “If we can do that we’ll have a shot at accomplishing all of our goals.”


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