Friday, June 13, 2014
The Carvers Bay High School baseball team is coming off of its best season in school history, under the direction of coach Andrew Fox.
After finishing the 2013 season one win under .500, the Bears finished this season 18-8, the team’s first winning record in school history.
Carvers Bay won the N2Win preseason tournament at Green Sea-Floyds, picked up five wins against Class AA programs, and beat Lake View for the first time ever in the District Championship round.
The progress has not happened overnight.
“We’ve had to change the culture regarding baseball at Carvers Bay,” Fox said. “I told these guys three years ago that we had to go to work around here. That’s exactly what we have done. Our guys played in the Grand Strand Fall League together throughout the fall. We went to camp as a team for the last three years, and participated regularly in offseason strength and conditioning. We also took advantage of all open season practice dates throughout the year.”
The extra time put in began to pay off this season.
“We won quite a few games this year that we would’ve lost the last couple of years. We had to learn how to win by convincing ourselves that we were just as good as our opponent. Our guys believe in themselves and feel like they belong now. The guys are playing this game the right way and taking pride in their program.”
Carvers Bay finished as runner-up in Region VII-A behind District Champion East Clarendon. The Bears finished with a region record of 7-3, after losing to East Clarendon 6-5 in eight innings.
Carvers Bay had three players selected to the All-Region team: Hyatt Ferguson, Dylan Moore and Daxavier Lasane.
Lasane was also only the second Carvers Bay baseball player selected to an All-State baseball team.
In each classification, there are only 20 players selected from both Upper and Lower State.
Only a junior, Lasane was No. 1 in the pitching rotation for the Bears this year, collecting five wins while pitching 55 1/3 quality innings. He struck out 70, walked 28 and won the award for the team’s lowest ERA (2.53)
After four years teaching and coaching in Georgetown County (three at Carvers Bay), Fox is leaving to teach in his hometown of Aynor.
“I have been truly blessed to be able to work with a great group of kids,” Fox said. “It makes my job so much easier when a team understands what is expected and follows through with my direction for the program. My players, coaching staff, and parents have made this coaching experience one that I will cherish for a lifetime.”
Fox took over a program that won only two games the season before.
“I feel that our baseball program has progressed tremendously. With that said, success isn’t always indicated on the scoreboard. It is my desire that I have taught my teams about the game of life: how to set goals, how to work through adversity, how to win and accept defeat, how to be coached, and how to be a family. If we have achieved these things, then I can hang my hat on that.
“I feel like the Carvers Bay baseball program is one that is now respected and appreciated. These student athletes deserve it. They have worked their tails off.”
Highest batting average: Dylan Moore
Moore batted .441, had 30 hits, scored 32 runs, drove in 28 runs, had 17 walks, 11 strikeouts, 15 stolen bases, and three sacrifices.
Future Bear: Trey Cribb
Cribb batted .386, had 27 hits, drove in 22 runs and picked up three wins on the mound, including a no hitter in the second round of the playoffs.
Defensive player: Hyatt Ferguson
Ferguson played five positions and was a mainstay in the infield, playing third, shortstop and second.
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