Irmo failed to make the Class 4A state baseball playoffs for the second year in a row, and finished with an 8-16 record, but things weren’t all bad for the Yellow Jackets in 2008.
“We ended up tied for the last playoff spot (in Region 4-4A), but lost out on the tie breaker,” said Irmo coach Ray Canaday. “We lost a total of nine games by three runs or less. We just did not have the pitching depth that we needed in our region. We were very competitive in the majority of our games but could not get a few big hits with men in scoring position. We played the top teams in our region fairly close and beat WK twice, but we needed another win or two. Gabe Grammar had a very solid year for us and was our most consistent player, especially at the plate.”
Grammer was an obvious highlight this spring, hitting .418 with a .500 on-base percentage and a .886 slugging percentage. Grammer had 33 hits, scored 27 runs, drove in 25 runs, drew 14 walks, hit seven double, three triples and eight home runs.
Cullen Dalton, Kaden Watson and Neal Strange were the Jackets’ other .300 hitters. Dalton finished at .362 with 17 runs, six doubles and 10 RBIs. Watson hit .350 with 20 runs, 13 RBIs, eight doubles and four homers. Strange checked in at .338 with 12 runs, 25 RBIs, five doubles and three home runs. Garrett Driscoll and Stephen Buck just missed the .300 cut. Both closed at .294. Discoll scored 19 runs, while Buck crossed the plate 16 times and had 10 RBIs.
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Grammer also topped all Irmo pitchers with 36.3 innings of work. He had a 1-3 record with one save and a 3.47 ERA. Matt Alsaeedi was the Jackets’ top hurler with a 4-2 record and a 3.09 ERA.