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PEE DEE ACADEMY BASEBALL WILL PLAY FOR TITLE

By: Gerald Doolittle

Special Writer

Mullins, S.C. -The Pee Dee Academy Golden Eagles are headed to the SCISA Class 2A Baseball Championship series. They will face the winner of the Robert E. Lee/Hilton Head Christian series. The Golden Eagles earned the finals by taking out last years champions from Calhoun Academy.

The Eagles defeated Calhoun 16-0 and 5-0 to win the semi-final round. In game one Timmy Felder pitched a one hitter and struck out six. Regan Fowler led the attack going 1 for 2 and 3 RBIs. Garrett McDaniels had a home run for 2 RBIs and D J Atkinson had a home run for 3 RBIs.

In game two Fowler tossed a shutout and struck out 18 of 21 batters. Hayden Panos went 2 for 4 with a double and RBI. McDaniels had a 2 for 3 day and Fowler went 1 for 2 with an RBI. With the win the Eagles upped their season record to 20-4.

The Eagles are familiar with Robert E. Lee should they win the other semi-final round. They own 4-3 and 3-1 wins over the Cavaliers in regular season play.

“Our pitching should be strong for the title series,” said Coach Brian Davis. “With an extra day of rest we should be ready. Our top tier of pitchers have pitched well all season. Also, our hitting has been consistent all year.”

Fowler has led the pitching with an ERA of 0.00 allowing only 10 hits and striking out 71. Jesse Lane has an ERA of 1.16 allowing only 8 hits and striking out 12. McDaniels has an ERA of 1.31 allowing only 11 hits and striking out 53. Timmy Felder has an ERA of 1.73 allowing 18 hits and striking out 41.

Other pitchers that have done well when called upon are Jake Lane with an ERA of 2.10 allowing only 9 hits and 5 strikeouts. D J Atkinson has an
ERA of 3.34 allowing 6 hits and 7 strikeouts. Dalton Buffkin and Brandon Carter have also contributed to the strong pitching.

McKinley Smith leads the team with a .424 batting average and 4 RBIs that includes a homerun. Hayden Panos is batting .414 with 16 RBIs. Atkinson the power hitter is batting .373 with 18 RBIs and 3 homeruns.

McDaniels is batting .371 with 14 RBIs. Matthew Hayes is batting .348 with 9 RBIs. Justin Rogers, Felder and Fowler all have big hits with men on base driving in 13,11 & 11 runs. Also, Nick Jenkins has contributed.

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