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Mullins looking to make a run at one of region VII’s play-off spots

By Neill Kirkpatrick

Special to the HSSR

Goose Creek – The 2018 Mullins Auctioneers saw a seven-game increase in the win column from the 2017 season and with a veteran squad returning the Auctioneers are ready to make a push for one of region VII’s playoff spots.

The Auctioneers just ended a seven-game losing streak by beating Kingstree 10-0 on Tuesday night. Sophomore Bryson Lewis picked up his first win of the year, allowing no runs on three hits and striking out 10 Jaguars. He leads the team with a .54 era. Junior Thomas Burns drove in two runs and scored another.

“We play in a very competitive region with some very good baseball teams.  Having a region with seven teams in it, is always a challenge. We have a very competitive group of young men that push each other every day to improve. Our expectations for this year are to advance to the playoffs and host a playoff game,” said head coach Chad Palowski.

The Auctioneers return six starters from last season’s team with five being seniors Xavier Legette, Kaleb Johnson, Hunter Gray, Ethan Hewitt, Cameron Martin and Lewis as the only underclassmen. Legette led the team in runs scored with 22 and steals swiping 18 of 20 bases last season. The outfielder showed he was more than a speed man as he led the Auctioneers with three taters and hit .339. He is off to a slow start at the plate but is 9 for 9 in steals and leads the team with six RBI’s.

Johnson is also off to a slow start at the plate after hitting .356 and driving in a team high 18 runs last season. He plays in the outfield.

Martin sees time at first base with Gray playing up the middle and Hewitt behind the dish. Hewitt is off to a hot start hitting .357.

Rounding out the starting nine are seniors Cameron Bethea (Outfield), Octavis Reed (utility) and Jakob Johnson (utility). Bethea is currently leading the team with a .438 average.

Starting on the hill for the Auctioneers will be Kaleb Johnson, Lewis and Martin and coming in relieve will be Gray, Reed, Jakob Johnson and Hewitt.

“We have been working hard to develop a few areas such as pitching and catching and have come a long way in progressing to where we need them to be.  This is a very hardworking group of men that do not settle for less than anything but greatness.  They are willing to put in extra time to do what needs to be done,” coach Palowski said.  

 

 






 

 





 

 

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