KEEPING UP

Philip Watcher having solid season for USC Aiken

By Barbara Boxleitner
Special to The Item
Posted 5/16/18

Philip Watcher has been a top offensive player for the USC Aiken baseball team.

The Sumter High School graduate started 53 of the first 54 games and batted .268 with 44 runs batted in, which ranked third on the team. The redshirt junior second …

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KEEPING UP

Philip Watcher having solid season for USC Aiken

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Philip Watcher has been a top offensive player for the USC Aiken baseball team.

The Sumter High School graduate started 53 of the first 54 games and batted .268 with 44 runs batted in, which ranked third on the team. The redshirt junior second baseman hit four home runs.

Watcher had 17 multihit games, including a season-high five consecutive during February, when he had a season-best 7-game hitting streak.

During a 12-7 loss to Mount Olive, he drove in a season-high five runs on a 2-run single and 3-run homer in five at-bats. He stole eight bases in 12 attempts.

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Previously at Thomas Sumter Academy, pitcher Shane Bishop was 1-0 with a 6.00 earned run average in eight games for North Greenville University.

Presbyterian College pitcher Will Smith was 2-4 with a 6.54 ERA in 15 games. He played for Sumter.

Men's tennis

USC freshman Thomas Brown had a 10-9 overall record. The Wilson Hall graduate was 4-1 at No. 6 singles in dual competition.

The Citadel junior Trey Davis had a 5-2 overall record. The past Baron won once at sixth singles and lost twice at fifth singles in dual play.

Softball

Mississippi University of Women junior Bailee Watts hit .313 in playing 35 of 36 games. The Robert E. Lee Academy graduate drove in 18 runs, fifth on the squad. The infielder had a .920 fielding percentage in 137 chances, second most on the team.

USC Upstate freshman Logan Morris batted .357 in 46 games. The Thomas Sumter alumna had five home runs and a team-high 39 RBI.

Also from Thomas Sumter, Haley Hawkins hit .253 in 41 games for USC Beaufort. She had one home run and 10 RBI.

Women's basketball

Sophomore Shaquanda Miller-McCray started 13 of 27 games for Georgia State University. The 6-foot-3 center out of Crestwood High averaged 3.1 rebounds and 2.7 points, but led the team with 35 blocked shots. Twice she led the squad in rebounds, with 12 against North Greenville and 10 against South Alabama.

Send updates about area athletes to Barbara Boxleitner at jdanddoc@gmail.com.