Thursday, April 10, 2014
Fox Creek’s baseball team is looking forward to having a week off.
The Predators (14-2, 7-0 Region 4 A) completed a perfect week, defeating North 28-0, Williston-Elko 18-3 and Grovetown 2-1. Wesley Brown, Fox Creek’s head coach, is hoping the week off from baseball will help his team refocus for the final stretch of the season.
“We’ve been real sluggish and, you know, it’s all on me as a coach,” he said. “We’ve got to get our crap together. If we’re going to make a long run in the playoffs, we’ve got to grow up a little bit. We’ve got a lot of selfishness on the team right now and a lack of work that needs to change. Actually, the seniors are lazy, and they need to grow up, and they need to get their crap together. They need to figure it out so that we can make a run at this.”
Deondre Baskett, a senior outfielder for the Predators, said the team will come back from spring break with a renewed focus.
“We’ve just got some team issues,” he said. “We’re going to take next week off, get mentally prepared and come back ready to go. We’re just going to relax, take a couple of days off and then hit it hard in the region. We just need to work on making the routine plays, hit the ball solid and play hard.”
One reason Fox Creek hasn’t looked as crisp as Brown wants is because of a shared practice area.
“They will come back like it’s the first day of the year,” he said. “We’ll come back wide open. This time of year has been hard, due to the fact that we have three teams and a lack of field time for practice and stuff. So, you know, JV and B team will be wrapped up, and we’ll be able to hit it hard. It’ll be just us out here, so we’ll be able to get all of the attention we need. We’re gonna get this thing turned around because we’ve got the best coaching staff and coaches in this area. So we’re gonna get it figured out.”
Although they’ve put up 48 runs in the past three games, Brown wants to see his team hit the ball better, to be ready for the difficult games they will be in during the playoffs.
“Our hitting has been really soft lately, and it’s really all on me,” he said. “There isn’t anybody else to blame but myself. We’re gonna get that fixed; that’s going to be our focal point after spring break, and we’re gonna get it rolling from there.”
The Predators will have spring break off from games and will come back to play Lakeside on April 14.
T.J. Lundeen is a reporter for The North Augusta Star.