Most of the state’s top baseball players from the Class of 2015 will be in town the next three days for South Carolina’s two all-star series.
The weekend’s games will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday for the first of two SC/NC Select games at Coastal Carolina’s Springs Brooks Stadium. The second game in that series is set for 1 p.m. Friday.
Later that night, the two AAAA/A and AAA/AA teams will face off at 6 p.m. at the Ripken Experience. The winners and losers of those two games then face off at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Seven area players were named to rosters for this week’s games back in May.
Socastee pitchers Dylan Thompson and Austin Schmitz were the lone two local players named to the SC/NC Select games, the sport’s version of football’s Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas. Carolina Forest’s Cameron Cauble, Myrtle Beach’s Praise Thorsen and Hunter Todd, Waccamaw’s Will Golden and Carvers Bay’s DaXavier LaSane were named to the North-South All-Star rosters.
Cauble and LaSane will play for the AAAA/A South team, while the other three will suit up for the AAA/AA South squad.
Thompson elected to withdraw from the series after he was selected in the fourth round of the Major League Baseball Draft earlier this week. His spot on the Select roster will not be filled.
As for Schmitz, the USC-Aiken signee will have one last game on the mound as a high school player. This season, he put up a 1.29 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 43.2 innings for the Region VI-AAAA champion Braves.
Aynor’s Chad Sarvis and Georgetown’s Ben Waddle will also serve as coaches for the South Carolina squad. Sarvis’ Blue Jackets team made an improbable run to the Class AA Lower State tournament after finishing fourth in their region.
“They look at coaches that do it the right way, run quality programs,” Sarvis said. “I think it really helps your program, let people know you’re doing things the right way.
“It really caps the season off. As coaches, you go out and try to do your best, try to better kids and run a quality program.”
Six players will be playing this weekend after helping their teams to state championships in May.
The list includes three S.C. Select team members: Jake Crawford (Belton-Honea Path), Jacob Childress (Ninety Six) and J.K. Love (Latta). Wando’s Oliver Hill and Owen Ravenel and Belton-Honea Path’s Dylan Spence will be playing in the North-South series.
S.C. select team honors
The 16 original selections for the South Carolina Select team is a who’s who of the state’s top commitments. Eleven have signed with NCAA Division-I programs, including two each at Clemson, South Carolina and College of Charleston. What’s more, only one of the 16 players, Jake Mueller (Richland Northeast) originally signed to play out-of-state. Mueller is committed to Wake Forest.
Not surprisingly, nearly every player on the team was named to his respective all-state squad. On top of that, Belton-Honea Paths’ Jake Crawford (signed with Furman) was named the Class AAA Player of the Year, with Ninety Six’s Jacob Childress (Charleston Southern) and Latta’s J.K. Love (College of Charleston) doing the same in Class AA and Class A, respectively.
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Select teams commitments
▪ Donald Gillespie, AC Flora, commited to Spartanburg Methodist
▪ Jake Crawford, Belton-Honea Path, committed to Furman
▪ Andrew Crook, Blythewood, committed to Newberry
▪ Hunter Lipscomb, Boiling Springs, committed to Winthrop
▪ Trent Autry, Chester, committed to USC-Lancaster
▪ Grant Cox, Greenville, committed to Clemson
▪ J.K. Love, Latta, committed to College of Charleston
▪ Clay Hunt, Nation Ford, committed to College of Charleston
▪ Jacob Childress, Ninety Six, committed to Charleston Southern
▪ Chase Barbary, Powdersville, committed to Spartanburg Methodist
▪ Jake Mueller, Richland Northeast, committed to Wake Forest
▪ Austin Schmitz, Socastee, committed to USC-Aiken
▪ Dylan Thompson, Socastee, committed to Coastal Carolina (withdrew)
▪ TJ Hopkins, Summerville, committed to South Carolina
▪ Adam Hill, TL Hanna, committed to South Carolina
▪ Graham Lawson, Woodruff, committed to Clemson