In the past two weeks, two sad stories came across my desk.
The first was the recent death of former Evans athlete Chance Smith in an Atlanta-area auto crash.
The second was last week’s arrest of Will Price, the 2011 Columbia County News-Times All-County Baseball Player of the Year.
Actions have consequences and Price was charged with second-degree burglary and grand larceny of a Spartanburg, S.C., home while attending Spartanburg Methodist College. He will face those consequences in court and in the court of public opinion.
To me it’s sad when a young person potentially wrecks a promising future by doing something stupid. And if he is guilty, he will pay a large price.
The best thing Price has going for him is that we are a society of second chances.
Will he play baseball again?
Price played in five of Spartanburg Methodist’s first 12 games, batting .421, scoring eight runs, driving in seven and playing a flawless outfield. While listed in the Pioneers’ official statistics, his name no longer appears on the roster. Calls and e-mails to the school to get his official status were not immediately returned.
If he is convicted, his baseball career likely would be over. Because the value of the property stolen was more than $10,000, in South Carolina he could serve up to 10 years behind bars.
We are a society that says we are innocent until proven guilty, however, until the case is adjudicated, he will get the benefit of the doubt.
High School Baseball
Baseball season is in full swing now, and teams that were projected to be good are living up to their billing thus far.
Topping the list is Jimmie Lewis’ squad at Harlem High. As of this writing, they are a perfect 5-0.
The Bulldogs beat Evans twice and handed Lakeside (4-1) its only loss.
A Harlem-Lakeside rematch was played Saturday at Harlem Diamond Days and the result can be found on The News-Times Web site (www.newstimes online.com).
Harlem begins Region 3-AAA play this Tuesday when it plays host to Grovetown at 5 p.m.
Grovetown is 2-3 with one-run losses to Lakeside and Greenbrier. The Warriors led Lakeside 6-3 on the road heading into the bottom of the seventh, but let the game slip away.
Greenbrier is 3-0 after a come-from-behind win against Grovetown on Wednesday.
They played non-region games Friday and Saturday and jump into the Region 2-AAAA schedule at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Evans (2-2).
The junior varsity squads don’t get a lot of love, especially with the number of schools and sports we cover, but I thought I’d give a nod to the Evans JV boys and girls basketball teams for their respective county championships. The boys were 10-0 in the county, winning their third consecutive title and sixth in eight years, while the girls went 9-1.