Saturday, March 30, 2013
Following a win over Hunter-Kinard-Tyler and a well deserved few days of rest, the Fox Creek High School varsity baseball team will look to continue its impressive streak.
The Predators (12-0, 5-0 Region 4-A) easily overmatched the Trojans, 22-0. Michael Hill picked up the win and also went 2-for-3 at the dish with a double, a home run and six RBIs. Terrance Hillary went 3-for-5 with a home run, a double and four RBIs. Darshon Broadwater also went 4-for-5.
"We just hit the ball really well and kind of overpowered them," Fox Creek head coach Wesley Brown said.
With the long layoff - the Predators will go a week between games - comes the opportunity to get healthy. Dalton Swires played in a JV game to work on his timing. Hill is at full strength, with Brown saying that "he just needs to get his arm where it was at the beginning of the season."
"We're in good shape health wise, other than at catcher," Brown said. "We're still searching for the answer there so Brent Lacey can pitch some more."
Fox Creek will head to North in a game that was to have happened on Tuesday. On Thursday the Predators will once again be on the road, this time to Williston-Elko.
"We'll end up facing their big pitcher again," Brown said of the Blue Devils. "They beat Ridge Spring-Monetta, so they're now sitting in second place. So if we can win that game, we'd have to fall flat on our faces not to win the region. That would give them two losses in head-to-head. So we'd be sitting pretty comfortably."
Brown, who was mentored by Bob Polewski of South Aiken and served on his staff, has carried over a number of things from his time there.
"You kind of push the guys the first two months of the season, then you back off just to get them, so they aren't worn out already," Brown said. "Then, right before spring break, you want to push it again to drive home the points you've been trying to make all year. The biggest test we have coming up is against Aiken. We're going to play a AAAA team for two games during spring break.
"I've got it set up nicely, where we play four out of the last six games against Aiken twice, Abbeville and Silver Bluff. I set that up on purpose just to play some competition we might see in the playoffs."
Of course, with the Predators sporting a goose egg in the loss column, it's only natural to have thoughts of an undefeated season.
"Truthfully, I'm sure it has," Brown said of his players possibly thinking about it. "But I've beat it into their heads so much that I don't ever want to hear it. I'm sure they talk about it among themselves and it's daily that people at school talk about it. I try to let them understand that we just play one pitch, one inning, one at-bat at a time."