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W.W. KING BASEBALL BOWS OUT IN QUARTERFINALS

By: Gerald Doolittle

Special Writer

Batesburg-Leesville, S.C. -The W.W. King Academy Knights of Coach Zach Matthews had their 2017 season end last week in the SCISA Class A quarterfinals losing the series 2-1 to Dorchester Academy.

The Knights completed the season with an overall record of 8-10-1. Six of those defeats were by two runs or less. The team could not get that clutch hit in these games to put them on the winning side. Also, team defense proved to be a negative as too many errors were committed.

Despite the down year, the Knights put three players on the All-Region team that included the Player-of-year. Sophomore Wilson Parrish got that award with his .420 batting average and 16 RBIs. He also pitched the Knights to three wins with a 1.14 ERA and 42 strikeouts.

Joining Parrish on the All Region is Chris Fincher (sr) who batted .378 with 6 RBIs. On the mound, Fincher had one win and 15 strikeouts for an ERA of 4.13. Hunter Dubose (sr) had three pitching wins for an ERA of 2.94 and 30 strikeouts. DuBose had a batting average of .213 and 14 RBIs.

Jackson Parrish (jr) finished the season with a .314 average. He led the team in runs scored with 20. Lane Bedenbaugh (sr) finished the season with a .237 average. He also led the team with 10 stolen bases. Truman Caughman (so) came on late to bat .250 scoring 11 runs.

Rounding out the Knight roster were Joe Sauls (fr), Tyler List (8th), Raegan Pugh (so), Ben Buzhardt (sr), Grady Williamson (so) and Sam Mitchell (8th).

Meanwhile, the Speed & Strength team of Coach Devin Bedenbaugh journeyed to Wilson Hall to compete in the State Meet. Hunter Black (sr) was the overall state champion for 1A/2A winning the Broad Jump, Powerclean and Bench.

Others competing were Bryan Doolittle, Gracelyn Metts, Braxton Sanders, Garrett Doolittle, Travis Long, Nathaniel Easler and River Guy.

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