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Pee Dee Academy working for a title

By Ken Buck

Staff Writer

Mullins— The Pee Dee Academy baseball team, under the leadership of Head Coach Brian Davis, is in the midst of an incredible season with the state finals coming up next week.

The Eagles recently made quick work of Hilton Head Christian in the state semi finals, winning the first two games of the series. With that win, Pee Dee Academy will be taking on Robert E. Lee Academy in the state championship series beginning Monday.

“We are pretty excited,” adds Davis.

He added that one thing that he had stressed to his team early on in the season was to get better each and every day out.

“That certainly looks to be what our team has been doing,” he explains. “We struggled offensively in the year and we started to make some adjustments and we are getting better at the plate.

“Right now we are beginning to play more clean and more sound baseball as the year as gone on, and I am really proud of our guys for working hard and staying focused throughout the year, especially when you get this late in the year and it can get tiresome. But they have really gotten locked in and gone to work and they continue to get better, and I am really happy to see that.”

 The Eagles are quite experienced this season with seven seniors and a lot of post season experience from last year, when Pee Dee Academy won the Class AA state championship.

“All seven of them contributed last year (during the championship run),” says Davis. “Experience is a huge factor for us. This group has been together and playing together since they were little. They have played a lot of baseball together which is also huge.”

Some of the individual players who have been key include pitcher Garrett McDaniels, who has signed to played at Coastal Carolina next year, as well as pitcher Timmy Felder, a right hander. Jake Lane and Brandon Carter have also started some games and helped from the bull pen.

 

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