The Dorchester Academy baseball and softball teams wrapped up their third consecutive South Carolina Independent School Association Class A state championship series victories on Tuesday.
The Raiders took a 9-4 win at Richard Winn Academy to sweep the title series in just two games, while the Lady Raiders took a 16-2 win in just 5 innings of play at Wardlaw Academy to sweep the title series, also in just two games.
Dorchester Acad. 9
R. Winn Acad. 4
WINNSBORO – After Monday's 4-0 home shutout win in game one of the best-of-three SCISA Class A Baseball State Championship series, the Dorchester Academy Raiders posted a 9-4 win at Richard Winn Academy to win the series and a third straight state championship.
In his second season as head coach, Josh Mitchum led the Raiders to another title-winning finish.
DA (20-4 overall record) jumped ahead 3-1 early, scoring a run in the first inning off a groundout by Ben Singletary, before adding two runs in the second inning off RBI-singles from Rhett Mizzell and Chase Way. The run-scoring hits in the second inning both came with 2-strike counts.
A four-run fourth inning gave DA some scoring cushion for the stretch run of the game. RWA answered with 2 runs in the bottom half of the inning, but the score remained 7-3, in favor of the Raiders until the seventh inning.
In their final at-bat, the Raiders tacked on another 2 runs, before the Eagles plated their last run for the 9-4 final.
Way pitched for the win, going a complete game, pitching seven innings and allowing just eight hits and four earned runs, while striking out four and walking just one.
H. Wade shouldered the loss for RWA, allowing five hits and seven runs across 3-and-2-thirds innings. He struck out three and walked one. D. Caldwell and B. Miller came on to pitch relief for the Eagles, throwing three innings and a third of an inning, respectively.
The Raiders collected nine hits in the game. Way helped his cause, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Also going 2-for-3 for Dorchester was Mizzell, who added an RBI and two runs scored, and Noah Byron, who added two runs scored. Wyatt Judy went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Haden Hartzog went 1-for-3 with two runs scored.
Taylor went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead Richard Winn Academy in hits.
Dorchester Acad. 16
Wardlaw Acad. 2
JOHNSTON – After taking a 5-1 win at home on Monday to start the best-of-three SCISA Class A Softball State Championship series, the Dorchester Academy Lady Raiders finished off their third straight state title series win by sweeping Wardlaw Academy with a 16-2 road win on Tuesday.
Dorchester finished the season with a 26-3 record.
To score the 16 runs on Tuesday, the Lady Raiders connected on 16 hits and made just a single defensive error. The Lady Patriots, meanwhile, collected just four hits and made two errors.
Payton Jackson pitched for the win, getting both in the series, as she went four innings, allowing just four hits, one walk and one earned run, while striking out seven Wardlaw batters. Hannah Reeves pitched an inning for DA, allowing no hits, two walks.
Five batters for Dorchester registered multiple hits in the contest. Through 32 plate appearances, not a single Lady Raiders batter struck out.
Reeves, a senior, led the offensive output for the Lady Raiders, going 3-for-4, with a triple, four RBI and three runs scored. Ashlynn Lynch also went 3-for-4, picking up a triple and four RBI of her own. Jackson helped her cause, going 1-for-3 with a double and three RBI. Savanna Varn went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored, while Kaitlynn Creel went 2-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored. Savanna Shelton went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Grace Judy went 1-for-4 with a run scored, while Lydia Hofstetter went 1-for-4 with a solo home run (the first of her career) and two runs scored. Elizabeth Huff went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored. Josie Fineran added two runs scored for DA, while Maura Weathers added a run scored.
Dorchester scored in four of its five at-bats in the mercy-rule-shortened contest.
The Lady Raiders took the lead in their opening at-bat, plating three runs to lead 3-0 after an inning of play. Both teams scored a run in the second inning, for a 4-1 score after two at-bats apiece.
Neither team scored in the third inning. But, DA plated three runs in the top of the fourth inning, before allowing just a single run in the bottom half of the inning for a 7-2 advantage.
Any questions about a letdown inning and a possible third game in the series were answered in the top of the fifth inning, when the Lady Raiders plated nine runs to finish claiming a third straight state championship trophy.
Jack and Kim Reeves are co-head coaches for the Lady Raiders.