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By: Gerald Doolittle

Batesburg-Leesville, S.C. -The W.W. King Academy Knights of Coach Zach Matthews are busy preparing for the 2020 baseball season with hopes of improving on their 2-11 record in 2019.

Coach Matthews will be starting his 13th year as head coach. He would love to see the Knights return to their days of fighting for a SCISA title. He coached the Knights to the 2013 Championship.

“We should be improved from last year,” said Coach Matthews. “Joe Sauls will be the only senior on the roster. I will have three juniors, three sophomores and four freshmen to round out the roster. Practice has been tough with all the wet weather.”

The Knights will compete in SCISA Region One against Laurens Academy, Newberry Academy, Richard Winn Academy and Wardlaw Academy.

Sauls should be the backbone of the pitching staff. Last season he recorded 35 strikeouts with a ERA of 4.67. Drake Amick (fr), Cooper Buzhardt (fr) and Carter DuBose (so) will also see much mound duty. Amick last season on JV recorded 12 strikeouts with an ERA of 0.0 and Buzhardt on JV recorded 15 strikeouts with an ERA of 0.50. Dubose hopes to improve on his 2019 numbers if the defense behind him hold down the errors.

The Knights outfield will be led by Holden Welsh (jr), Phillip Gross (jr), Travis Long (jr), Seth Gross (fr) and DuBose when not pitching.

The Knights infield will be held by Clayton Turner (fr), Tripp Richardson (so) and Trevor Fulmer (so). Sauls, Buzhardt, DuBose and Amick will play infield when not pitching.

Corbie Long, a former player under Matthews, will be the assistant coach in 2020. Long will also be the JV coach for the Knight program.


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