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FOX CREEK BASEBALL ADVANCES TO UPSTATE FINALS

By: Gerald Doolittle

Special Writer

North Augusta, S.C. – The Fox Creek High School Predators are on the verge of making school history as the varsity baseball team of Coach Kevin Lynn have made it to the Class AA Upper State Finals.

At this writing the Predators were waiting for the opponent to come out of the losers bracket. The Predators will host the winner of the Chesnee/St. Joseph game.

“We should have a rested pitching staff for this showdown,” said Coach Lynn. “We have had several days of rest between games while they have had to play games. We have to play smart and alert to advance to the next round.”

The Predators only have to win one more game to advance to the Championship round against the winner of the Batesburg-Leesville/Latta series. The Predators have already have wins over Chesnee (10-2) and St. Joseph (2-0) in the tournament.

Last Saturday the Predators advanced to the finals with the win over Chesnee. Hayden Boyette (jr) had two hits in the win including a grand slam home run in the second inning. Trevor Anderson (sr) and Simeon O’Meara (sr) also had big hits in the 14 hit attack. O’Meara had a 3 for 4 day.

The Predators pitching had another strong day. Peyton Doolittle (sr) earned the win going five innings. He gave up only two runs on five hits while striking out six and walking none.

The Predators have used strong pitching and consistant hitting to earn their 24-5 season record. The pitching has a 1.36 ERA and the team has a batting average of .325.

The top two pitchers have been Ryan Gregory (sr) and Doolittle. Gregory has a 6-2 record for an ERA of 1.14 with 52 strikeouts. Doolittle follows with a 5-2 record and an ERA of 1.50 with 23 strikeouts.. Phillip Colvin (sr) has a 2-0 record and an ERA of 1.17 with 34 strikeouts.

Mike Ray (sr), Matt Johnson (sr), Hunter Steger (so) and O’Meara have a combined record of 8-1 in limited stints on the mound. Gregory has pitched two no-hitters and Stegar has pitched a no-hitter.

 

The hitting has been led by Gregory with a .466 average for 34 hits, 13 RBIs, 18 runs and 7 stolen bases. Boyette has a .356 average for 26 hits, 27 RBIs, 11 runs, 6 home runs. Ray has a .326 average for 29 hits, 20 RBIs, 27 runs and 11 stolen bases.

Noah Jarrard (jr) has a .326 average for 15 hits, 16 RBIs, 18 runs and 12 stolen bases. Others with over .300 averages are O’Meara (.301), Steger (.378), Dustin Barnes (jr) (.333), Neko Williams (sr) (.378) and Trevor Anderson (.323).

Others that have contributed to the successful march to the top are Rusty Anderson (jr), Darius Broadwater (sr), Tyler Keis (jr), Johnny Niegowski (sr) and Cam Mitchem (so).

A State Championship would be a crown jewel for the twelve seniors. They would love to finish their high school careers with a ring to highlight their accomplishment.

 

 

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