Saturday, March 23, 2013
The perfect Predators continued their dominant run through the early part of their season.
Fox Creek High School's varsity baseball team moved its record to 11-0, 4-0 in Region 4-A on the year. The team picked up a victory over Ridge Spring-Monetta, 10-1 and a big win Monday night over Abbeville, 6-2. Wagener-Salley also asked for its game with Fox Creek to be rescheduled, with the teams making it up on April 9.
Against the Trojans, the Predators were led by Caleb Cox, who went 2-for-4, and Roby Gillespie, who went 3-for-3. Brent Lacey picked up the win to move to 3-0 on the year.
In their win against Abbeville, the Predators were led by Darshon Broadwater, who went 4-for-4 with three RBI. Andrew Buist picked up the win, also moving to 3-0 on the year.
"That's kind of been our nemesis in the playoffs before they were bumped up," Fox Creek head coach Wesley Brown said. "It's a big win for our team and program. We have to keep plugging away, doing things the right way which is what has gotten us to this point."
The Predators will have a strange week coming up. Fox Creek will host Hunter-Kinard-Tyler in a game that was to have happened on Tuesday. Blackville-Hilda forfeited a doubleheader against Fox Creek, meaning that the Predators will have a long layoff between games and won't play again until next week.
"They're playing good right now and you hate to have a layoff," Brown said. "I don't like not having them play some other teams right now, but the schedule will get tougher at the end. Which is what we want going into the playoffs."
Brown points to a number of injuries that the Predators will be able to nurse during the break. The team's backup catcher, Cory Lucas, broke his hand and is out for the year. This means that Lacey, the team's No. 1 starter and also their starting catcher, will have his innings limited.
"Really this all kind of worked out well with the time off," Brown said. "We have a couple of guys who are also banged up right now. Michael Hill has had a hurt back for a couple of weeks and hasn't been the same since. Dalton Swires messed up his platella and he's been out for two weeks. He's been our knight in shining armor, I guess you can say, as a freshman. So we'll get him back after this week, too. Who knows, maybe this happened for a reason."
Brown points to his depth, particularly on the pitching side of things, that has seen his team through and also allowed them to be successful. The team's next game will come on Tuesday at North at 5 p.m. Following that, the Predators will be right back in action two days later at Williston-Elko.