HHS to host baseball invitational featuring multiple local and out of state teams
The 49th annual Hanahan Invitational Tournament, one of the biggest spring high school baseball tournaments on the East Coast, commences Monday at eight venues around the Lowcountry and concludes with two championship games April 5 at Sportsman Field in Hanahan.
“We have a full field of teams,” Hanahan coach and tournament director Brian Mitchell said. “Anytime you have a full field, it’s a good feeling. We also have expanded our junior varsity tournament. We have brought in some quality teams.”
There are 33 teams in this year’s varsity field with 16 teams competing in the Steadman Division and 17 in the Hatfield Division.
The tournament sites include Hanahan, Bishop England, Wando, James Island, West Ashley, Fort Dorchester, Ashley Ridge and Berkeley.
Mitchell said the out-of-state teams are ultra-competitive and should contend in Hanahan. The top out-of-state teams are Whitewater (Ga.), St. Edwards (Ohio), South Forsythe (Ga.), Chicago St. Rita and Virginia entries James River and Ocean Lakes. St. Rita won a division championship in Hanahan two years ago.
The local field is just as strong. Bishop England, which won the Class AAA state title last spring and the International Paper Baseball Classic to begin the 2018, is one of the local headliners as is Mitchell’s Hawks. Wando, James Island, Fort Dorchester, Ashley Ridge and Berkeley are the other top local teams.
Mitchell said the tournament decided to crown two champs a few years ago because of National High School Federation rules on pitching and pitch county.
“A team that wins a championship has to play four games in four days,” Mitchell said. “That’s a lot of baseball. In the past, you had to win six games in six days.”
TRACK AND FIELD
Bishop England competed in the Bob Jenkins Coaches Track and Field Classic on Saturday at Dutch Fork High School in Irmo, and a handful of Bishops scored points in the event.
The Coaches Classic includes the top public and private teams from around the state, regardless of classification.
In the boys’ meet, Aidan Richter finished fifth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:009.92 while Jacob Wilkins was fifth in the discus with a heave of 149-5.
In the girls meet, Patricia George placed fifth in the 800 with a time of 2:22.22. Sophomore Emma Albano was the only Bishop athlete to place in the top eight in two individual events. She was seventh in the discus and eighth in the shot put.