KNIGHTS STILL SEARCHING FOR KEY HITS/LESS ERRORS
By: Gerald Doolittle
Batesburg-Leesville, S.C.—The W.W. King Academy Knights are going through a rough time in 2017 where they cannot get key hits to bring home winning runs. Even when they do get a hit for runs the defense will give up runs on errors to negate what the offense has produced.
As spring break approaches, Coach Zach Matthews has seen his team compile a 2-7 overall record and an 0-2 SCISA Region 2-A record. Five of those seven losses have been by two runs or less where a clutch hit and a few less errors after taking a lead or tying the game would have possibly given the Knights an 7-2 record.
Wilson Parrish, Chris Fincher and Hunter Dubose all have pitched well and have respectful earned run averages. Parrish (0-2) has a 2.33 average that includes 21 strikeouts. Fincher (1-0) has a 4.20 average with ten strikeouts. Dubose (1-2) has a 3.36 average with 17 strikeouts. Tyler List (0-1), an 8th grader, has come on in relief for a 1.17 average getting 6 strikeouts.
Parrish when not on the mound holds down the catching duties. He leads the team with a .423 batting average good for 11 hits and 7 RBIs. Fincher when not on the mound plays at shortstop. He has a .348 batting average good for 8 hits and 3 RBIs. DuBose when not on the mound holds down first base. He has a .333 batting average good for 8 hits and 9 RBIs. List, an all around athlete can play any position Coach Matthews needs him.
The outfield duties have been held down by Lane Bedenbaugh (cf), Jackson Parrish (lf) and Ben Buzhardt (rf). Bedenbaugh has a .294 batting average good for 5 hits. Parrish has a .222 average good for 6 hits and Buzhardt has a .133 average good for 3 hits. Bedenbaugh and Parrish have been the leaders in stolen bases with 6 and 4.
Joe Sauls (2b) and Raegan Pugh (3b) have started to improve with their hitting. They have four hits each so far. Truman Caughman, Grady Williamson and Sam Mitchell have primarily been used as runners for the pitchers and catchers.
The Knights still have two region games left with Laurens Academy and one region game left with both Richard Winn Academy and Newberry Academy. They still have a chance to make the playoffs if they improve on the hitting and play better defense.