|Race for title begins - Thursday, April 22, 2004
No.2 Gamecocks ready to face James Island
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Sumter's John Hilton
By DENNIS BRUNSON
Item Sports Editor
Would Sumter High School varsity baseball head coach Brooks Shumake liked to have been the No.1 seed coming out of Region V-4A heading into the state playoffs? Of course. However, Shumake isn't fussing about finishing second in the region with a young team, one that is playing its best baseball of the season. (full story)
"We've won 11 of our last 14 games," Shumake said of the Gamecocks, who host James Island at 7 p.m. today in the first round of the double-elimination District VI tournament. "We've progressively been playing better, learning to win, giving ourselves a chance to win. Lately we've played as well as we've played all year long."
SHS carries a 15-8 overall record into the playoffs and finished 7-3 in region play. It will send right-hander Tyler Scott to the mound against the Trojans, the No.3 team from Region VII. Scott owns a 6-4 record with a 3.28 earned run average.