Predators' undefeated streak ends
Fox Creek High School's varsity baseball team's undefeated run came to an end Monday night, as Ridge Spring-Monetta handed the Predators their first loss of the year.The Predators (14-1, 7-1 Region 4-A) were just far too much for North to handle last week winning by the score of 37-1. Andrew Buist picked up his fourth win on the year. Michael Hill had seven RBIs while going 5-for-6 at the plate."The truthful thing is that it was 10-0 and we didn't steal another bag, we didn't move up on passed balls, and every ball in the gap we took one base," Fox Creek head coach Wesley Brown said. "We just got on fire hitting the ball, and it just never ended."However, Fox Creek's trip to Williston-Elko was a nail-biter, and a true test for the Predators. Hearn matched up with Fox Creek's No. 1 starter, Brent Lacey, who also picked up his fourth win on the year in the victory."That was the best I've ever seen him (Hearn) pitch," Brown said. "It was probably the worst we've played offensively this year. We ran ourselves out of the inning four different innings on base-running mistakes."The game was scoreless heading into the fifth, when Darshon Broadwater got on base and stole second. Brett Butler then hit a rope down the right field line to plate Broadwater. Brent Lacey, who has been the No. 1 for the Predators, picked up the win by putting up zeros on the other side and matched Hearn stride-for-stride."There's an old cliche that defense wins championship, and that's my motto, too, as a coach," Brown said. "That's why we have worked really hard on our defense this year. My first year we started seven freshman, my second we started seven sophomores and now we start six to seven juniors on any given day."Heading into Monday's matchup against the Trojans, Brown had stated that his team was at the point where "a loss right now wouldn't be a bad thing" and though he would never want to lose a game it would allow his team to refocus.Fox Creek allowed Ridge Spring-Monetta to jump out to an early 7-1 lead at the end of two. Though the Predators would stop the Trojans' scoring from there on out, the hole would prove to be too large, and the Predators fell just short, 7-6.Not only did the perfect season come to an end, but Brown also suffered his first region loss since he took over as coach."It was something that's been coming for a couple of games," he said. "Hopefully it will be the best thing that's happened to us."Brown pointed to misplayed fly balls in the outfield and credited RS-M's bats for making his team pay for costly mistakes.Fox Creek will look to get back on track at Wagener-Salley on Thursday at 6 p.m.