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Thursday, March 20, 2014
The Fox Creek High School baseball team has continued its early-season dominance.
The Predators (7-0, 2-0 Region 4-A) thumped region opponent North, 28-0, to open the week. Mitchell Walters and Jesse Chavous combined to no-hit the Eagles. Fox Creek then played under the bright lights at Lake Olmstead Stadium in Augusta, home of the GreenJackets, and beat Aiken 6-2.
“We executed that game, and it’s probably the first game I remember in four years where we executed everything exactly as I called to a T,” head coach Wesley Brown said. “I think that’s the maturity level, and the kids growing the last three or four years.”
The team ended its week against another region opponent, Williston-Elko, and won 12-0 with the team’s third no-hitter of the season. Brett Butler and Adam Hane combined in that contest to lead the way.
“The guys are squaring up the ball pretty good,” Brown said. “I’m glad it has taken them this long to get to the point where they are doing it. You don’t want to show too much too early. They’re getting their game mentality in them, but I think there’s still some work that needs to be done at the plate. I guess that’s coach speak, but it is what it is. The pitching has turned it on, and a lot of that has to do with Dalton Swires. He’s really playing at a high level right now.”
Brown said that Hane, who has been out for a month with an injury, is still rounding into game shape.
Cory Lucas, the team’s catcher, is also a big reason for the pitching staff’s success with his game-calling abilities.
“We practice every day, and even on a day like today (Monday) with the rain, we’re still going to get practice in,” he said. Coming up the Predators will host Ridge Spring-Monetta in a game that was scheduled for Tuesday night but, due to weather, was pushed back to Saturday at 2 p.m. The Trojans should provide a good challenge, according to Brown, and they gave him his first region loss since he arrived four years ago.
“I think a lot of the kids have made up posters with that score on it in the dugout today,” he said.
On Wednesday the team will play at Lakeside and round out the week at Wagener-Salley at 5:30 p.m. on Friday. On Monday the team will continue its road tripping to Grovetown at 6 p.m.
Scott Rodgers is the news editor at The North Augusta Star and has been with the paper since January 2013. Follow him on Twitter @NAStarRodgers.