Hanahan baseball team scoring with 'no-hitters'
When Hanahan High School baseball coach Brian Mitchell talked about his team prior to the 2019 season, he said pitching would be the Hawks’ strength this spring. That prediction has been precise as the Hawks have received excellent outings from their hurlers.
That was totally evident the nights of March 14-15 when the Hawks’ pitchers threw back-to-back no-hitters.
On March 14, three pitchers held Philip Simmons High hitless in a 10-0 victory. The game was called after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
Luke Litwin was the starting pitcher and put in two innings of work. Chevron Campbell also pitched two innings while Sam Zeron went one inning.
The following night, Charlie Mac Toman was in total control as the Hawks beat Georgetown 7-0. Toman, who will pitch for Florence Darlington at the next level, threw 93 pitches against the Bulldogs, and 67 were strikes. He struck out 14 and allowed two base runners. A Georgetown batter reached on an error in the first and Toman issued a walk in the seventh inning.
“He was on,” said Mitchell, whose team opened the season with eight victories in 10 games. “He was throwing his three pitches for strikes. When he throws his fastball, curve and change-up for strikes, we are tough to beat.”
Mitchell has coached many games in which no-hitters were accomplished. He’s also been a part of them as a player. He threw three no-hitters his senior year in high school for Harper Creek High School in Michigan, including back-to-back no hitters.
Former Bishop England girls’ lacrosse player Emma Pizzo, who tallied more than 500 points, was arguably the best player in state history before graduating. She’s gone, but the Bishops still have plenty of talent.
There are two seniors who have tallied 200 career points and another senior who should join the group in the next game or two for the Bishops, who began the season with a 9-0 record.
Morgan Roberts had 210 career points (139 goals, 71 assists) heading into Tuesday night’s game against Hilton Head, while Grace Ann Carlson had 200 points (109 goals, 91 assists). Ava Ward, who played defense her freshman year, had 194 points (146 goals, 48 assists).
Coach Jeff Weiner said it is rare for a team to have that productive of a threesome.
“One of the reasons we have three players is because we pass the ball and get assists,” Weiner said. “Some teams don’t get a lot of assists because they don’t pass the ball. If they score 10 points, they might get two assists. If we score 20 points, we’ll get 15 assists because we pass the ball. There’s a skill to that.”
Class AAA girls’ state basketball champ Bishop England dominated the Region 7-AAA selections as Paul Runey was named coach of the year and senior Katie Brooks was named player of the year.
Joining Brooks on the all-region team were teammates Josie Dennis, Katie Cullum, Kelly Drummond and Jahia Williams.
Brook Voshis was the only Hanahan girl named to the team.
Two BE players and two Hanahan players made the boys’ team: Aidan McCool and Ty Schaafsma.
Hanahan’s picks were Logan Ammons and Richard Horry.