Wednesday, May 7, 2014
By T.J. Lundeen
The Fox Creek High School baseball team won it’s second consecuitive District IV championship on Wednesday.
The Predators (23-2) beat Ware Shoals 10-0 for the second time in a five-day span to advance in the Class A baseball playoffs.
“It’s awesome,” Wes Brown, Fox Creek’s head coach, said of the accomplishment. “That’s one of our goals we set out for at the beginning of the year. We didn’t give up a run in the whole district and it’s only going to get tougher from here. It’s one of our goals that we’ve accomplished and now we move on to the next set of goals for the playoffs.”
Brown’s team wrapped up District IV with 10-0 wins against Great Falls and Ware Shoals twice. On Wednesday, the Predators came out hot, scoring six runs in the first inning and four in the second to smother the Hornets. Leadoff hitter Darshon Broadwater started the game with a bloop single, sparking Fox Creek to its big inning.
“That’s big and, like I’ve said all season, if this team comes into the game with their attitude set right, we’re tough to beat,” Brown said. “That sets the tone, Broadwater is kind of that guy, he gets on base and we just go from there. He can turn a singe into a double or, if he’s on first he’ll be on second (soon after). He give us a good opportunity to score...”
Fellow seniors Forrest Whitfield and Thomas Colvin finished the game with multiple hits for the Predators, with each player going 2-for-3. Whitfield had a pair of doubles, drove in two runs and scored a run.
“I just got up with men on base and knew I had to hit them in,” he said. “I had to do the job for our team and I was able to do that today.”
Brett Butler was nearly unhittable on the mound. The senior Southpaw threw a gem, allowing only one hit in four innings of work.
“He did a good job and that’s something we talked about before the game today - he’s a pitcher we know is going to throw a lot of strikes,” Brown said. “He’s going to make a lot of outs for us, we just have to play good defense behind him. He is a good pitcher and when he keeps the ball down, he’s very effective. He showed today.”
Fox Creek will travel to Lewisville for its next playoff game on Saturday at 1 p.m.
T.J. Lundeen is a reporter for The North Augusta Star. Follow him on Twitter @lundeentj for more updates.
WS - 0 0 0 0 0 - 0
FC - 6 4 0 0 X - 10
WP - Brett Butler (1-0)
LP - Caleb Hudgens (0-1)