The American Legion baseball regular season schedule is 15 games long.
After six games, Orangeburg Post 4 head coach Frank Leysath has experienced two seasons worth of anxious stomach pains and heart-pounding excitement. Saturday’s 7-6 road win over Dalzell-Shaw in extra innings was the team’s fifth consecutive game decided by 1 run.
Post 4 tied the game in the top of the ninth, and then took the lead for good in the 12th on an RBI single by Will Gee. The win improved Orangeburg to 4-1 in 1-run games, the lone loss coming 24 hours earlier in a 6-5 setback to Irmo-Chapin Post 193 at Mirmow Field.
“I’d take them (wins) any way you can,” Leysath said. “One run, 10 runs, as long as we get the win.”
Another close victory was not the only trend which continued this past Saturday. Despite lineup changes which included Gee replacing Kodi Jamison at third base for defensive purposes, Post 4 committed three more errors against Dalzell-Shaw.
Leaving baserunners on the paths also remains a lingering issue as Orangeburg left eight runners stranded — one less than a night earlier. As in the previous four wins, pitching helped overcome those hurdles.
Coming through this past Saturday was Chris Sweatman. Playing for the second time after missing the past week due to injury and coming back from striking out three times against Irmo-Chapin, including the final out with the bases loaded, the Bamberg-Ehrhardt pitcher had seven effective innings of relief against Dalzell-Shaw.
Orangeburg (5-1) starts a three-game homestand at 7:30 p.m. against Lexington Post 7.
ORANGEBURG POST 4 SCHEDULE
- MONDAY - LEXINGTON POST 7 7:30 p.m.
- TUESDAY – WEST COLUMBIA POST 79 7:30 p.m.
- WEDNESDAY – DALZELL-SHAW POST 7:30 p.m.
- FRIDAY – at West Columbia Post 79 7 p.m.
- SUNDAY – at Irmo-Chapin Post 193 7 p.m.
- JUNE 24 – at Columbia Northeast 7 p.m.
- JUNE 26 – at Irmo-Chapin Post 193 7 p.m.
- JUNE 28 - COLUMBIA NORTHEAST 7:30 p.m.
- JULY 2 – at Lexington Post 7 7 p.m.
S.C. State’s Hughes selected to 2013 CFPA LB ‘Watch List’
South Carolina State sophomore linebacker Justin Hughes was named to the 2013 College Football Performance Awards Linebacker Award watch list.
The 6-1, 220-pound Virginia Beach native was a bright spot defensively for the Bulldogs, leading the team in tackles (78) and tackles for loss (7.5). He also tied lineman Alex Glover for the team-high in sacks (5).
“Congratulations to Justin Hughes on earning a spot on the 2013 CFPA Watch List,” CFPA Executive Director Brad Smith said in the release. “Hughes has extraordinary potential for success in 2013.”
This marks the second straight year an S.C. State player was recognized by CFPA’s Watch list. Last season, both defensive backs Darius Drummond and Stephen Murphy were named to the list. A total of 35 returning players were recognized at linebacker and vying for the top individual award in the Football Championship Division.
All CFPA recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. All players are eligible for awards at their respective positions; players are not preemptively eliminated from consideration.
The Bulldogs are scheduled to start unsupervised workouts later this month. Meanwhile, the school has released a video featuring quarterback Richard Cue promoting season-ticket sales. It can be viewed at www.scsuathletics.com.
For more information about season tickets, contact the S.C. State Ticket Office at (803) 536-8579.
Bill Hamilton gets another honor
As the date of retirement draws closer for South Carolina State sports information director Bill Hamilton, the platitudes continue to pile up.
On Thursday, Hamilton was presented the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Lifetime Achievement by CoSIDA during the group’s annual convention at the Orlando World Center Marriott.
The Baltimore, Md. native who grew up in Chesterfield, has a 40-year career that’s earned him an induction into three halls of fame (S.C. State Athletics, Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and College Sports Information of America (CoSIDA) and the Herman Helms Media Excellence Award from the S.C. Athletics Hall of Fame.
The university’s only sports information director has witnessed more than 400 S.C. State football games, attended five NCAA men’s basketball tournament games involving the Bulldogs and was in attendance when the women’s basketball team claimed the 1979 AIAW Division II national championship.
In appreciation of Hamilton’s service, S.C. State is planning “The William ‘Bill” Hamilton Roast and Toast” at 6 p.m. on June 28 at The Cinema at 1175 Orangeburg Mall Circle.
Along with honoring Hamilton’s accomplishments and contributions, the event is also designed to raise funds from ticket sales, donations and advertisement sales from the souvenir booklet to offer the opportunity to purchase naming rights for the press box at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium, along with developing a scholarship in his name for a student-athlete majoring in journalism or a field related to sports information.
Tickets for the “Roast and Toast” are $100 (individual) and $175 (couple). For more information, contact the S.C. State Ticket Office at (803) 536-8579 or 1-800-298-9157.