Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Fox Creek High School’s baseball team is entering a tough stretch.
The Predators (17-2, 9-0 Region 4-A) have four games in four days to end the regular season, and will then enter the playoffs.
For Wesley Brown, head coach at Fox Creek, the games will give his team a chance to improve at the plate, where they haven’t been up to standard of late.
“Obviously, we need to start hitting the ball a little bit better,” he said. “Like I’ve said before, we need our seniors to step up and be our guiding force. Our pitching has been very good, but at some point in the playoffs you’re going to have to hit the ball, too.”
A player Brown specifically mentioned that could spark his team is senior outfielder Darshon Broadwater.
Broadwater, a Spartanburg Methodist College signee, has exceptional speed on the base paths, which can put pressure on the opposing defense.
“I really feel like Darshon could be big for us,” Brown said. “He kinda has that opportunity to be a leader for us, we’ve moved him up in the lineup to the leadoff spot and I feel like he goes, we go. He’s that No. 1 guy who can get us going offensively.”
Forrest Whitfield, senior second baseman for Fox Creek, also triggered Broadwater as a key player for the playoff push.
“Either Roby (Gillespie) or Darson will be the guys,” he said. “They bring a bunch of life to the team, and we know that they can back up what they say.”
The experience of Broadwater may be big for the Predators, but a young player could be the difference on the defensive side.
Brett Sitton played junior varsity all season, but, now that their season is over, is expected to contribute for the varsity Predators.
“Brett Sitton, he’s a player that I didn’t feel was quite ready at the beginning of the year, although he played for us in the tournament,” Brown said. “He’s gone down now and has got some game experience; and he’s one that I think can be a big help to us offensively and defensively.”
Fox Creek celebrated Senior Day against Wagener-Salley in its last home game. The Predators, who won the game 4-0, honored nine players in a pre-game ceremony.
“It was kind of an emotional day,” Brown said. “Most of those guys have been with me since day one, and it was kind of my first graduating class. This senior class is going out as one of the winningest classes in the state of South Carolina. They won their 80th game in four years last week; and, obviously, the season isn’t over yet. It would be nice to get in the 90s before their gone. We counted the other day and there are only like five programs in the state of South Carolina who have won 80-something games in four years. There guys definitely have something to talk about for the next 30 years.”
Fox Creek was to have played at Ridge Spring-Monetta on Tuesday and Aiken on Wednesday before hosting Pelion in the regular season finale on Thursday.