May Round-Up

May Round-Up

By: Austin Alexander

June 1, 2006


The month of May brought about plenty of good weather as quality playoff baseball gave way to summer tournaments across South Carolina. Four champions were crowned last month and Diamond Prospects brought you the top coverage!

Now, Diamond Prospects crunches the numbers and breaks down some of the highlights from the past 30 days.


Diamond Prospects Statistics:

Teams covered-36

High School games seen-17

College games seen-8



Miles traveled-1,921

Pitchers serving as cut-off man-2

Coaches without rosters-5

Coaches with cell phones clipped to their belt-1

Hitters “rung up” by umpire on strike two-1

Total hits on,715

Top 5 hits on website-1) Palmetto Prospects-5370, 2) Diamond Rankings-4035, 3) Player Profiles-3650, 4) Commitments-2524 and 5) Playoff Probables-1878


Quickest game: Indian Land at Landrum, 1:29

Best game: (tie) College of Charleston 5 The Citadel 4 in the Southern Conference championship game, AC Flora 10 Pickens 9 in the AAA Upper State Playoffs.

Best comeback: Down 3-2 run in the last inning to the Upstate Mavericks, the South Carolina Diamond Devils loaded the bases with two outs. They took the lead on a swinging bunt where the only play became a force out at the plate. The pitchers feed ended up at the backstop to plate two, two more runs followed for a 6-3 win.

Best home to first time: Alex Dozier (Dorman HS) 3.83 on a bunt

Best home to first time (turn): Alex Lee (Blythewood HS) 4.28

Best pop time: Logan Bland (Bishop England HS) 1.88 in between innings

Longest homerun: Evan Jumper (Gilbert HS)

Top Web Gems: 1) Logan Daniels (Dutch Fork HS) playing centerfield, Daniels made an incredible reaching grab while crashing at full speed into the right-centerfield fence; he came up throwing and doubled off the runner at first base to end the inning, 2) Scott Wingo (Mauldin HS) playing second base, turning on a soft-liner to right made a fully extended diving snag to steal a single

Tallest player: Matt Branham (Spring Valley HS) 6’5”

Shortest player: Ryan Saxon (Wade Hampton HS) 5’6”

Best pitcher’s duel: Lake View 2 Landrum 1 in Game 3 of the 1A State Championship (Bart Flowers vs Alex Burrell)

Most dominant pitching performance: Nick Chigges (Richland-Northeast HS, 2003) in the Southern Conference tournament. He threw a 3-hit, complete game shutout in the College of Charleston’s 1-0 win over Western Carolina.

Hardest fastball: Graham Godfrey (College of Charleston), 95 MPH

Best baseball name: Wingo apparently…In three consecutive games at James Island on Memorial Day, a Wingo made his presence felt. In Game 1, Scott and Gaston solidified the right side of the Upstate Maverick infield. In Game 2, Drew (no relation) caught for the South Carolina Diamond Devils. Game 3 saw Brad, the older brother of Scott and Gaston, coach against Drew. Drew ended the day 2-0 while the brother’s’ Wingo finished winless on the day. Note-All three Wingo’s hail from Mauldin.

Cleanest round of pre-game: Gilbert HS

Top Fungo Guy: Right-handed-Ashley Burnett (Gilbert HS), Left-handed-Chris Bates (Riverside HS)

Best Dressed Evaluator: Greg Schilz (Pittsburgh Pirates)

Attendance Award-Scout: Greg Schilz (Pittsburgh Pirates)

Attendance Award-College: Scott Brickman (Wofford)

Best Catcher’s Pop-up: Robbie Huffstetler (Elon)

Best Argument with an Umpire: Ron Smith (Furman) and Mike Kennedy (Elon), at the same time

Best line from a mom in the bleachers: “You are stupid Blue!”

Longest National Anthem: White Knoll

Best Playing Surface: Riley Park, White Knoll

Best pre-game tunes: Aynor

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