Tuesday, May 20, 2014
The Fox Creek baseball team fell just short of a comeback on May 14, losing to Lewisville 9-8 to end its season.
The Predators (24-4) never recovered from a three-run first inning by the Lions. In the frame, Fox Creek starting pitcher Brett Butler was pulled after ? of an inning, surrendering three runs on three hits.
“It kind of derailed from there, it’s one of those ‘quicksand’ things, as we like to call it, we got in it and we couldn’t get out of it,” Wesley Brown, Fox Creek’s head coach, said. “We fought back at the end, but couldn’t get it done.”
Lewisville eventually built a 5-0 lead, with starting pitcher Christian Cok stifling the Predator bats. The Predators got on the board in the third inning, with a pair of singles an error by Cok and a sacrifice fly bringing home two runs. The Lions pushed the lead to 8-2 after five innings, batting around in the frame.
“We didn’t come out early and do what we needed to do, and it caught up with us,” Brown said. “I don’t know why, but we seemed a little sluggish; the kids didn’t seem to be where they needed to be, mentally, and it cost and we let them get a little too far ahead of us.”
The Predators stormed back, scoring six runs in the final two frames, but fell just short in the contest. The final out, a strikeout of Roby Gillespie by relief pitcher Obbie Sarduy, ended the game and season for Fox Creek.
“We just didn’t give up, we fought to the end,” Gillespie said. “You hate the outcome, but that’s baseball. You’ve gotta love the game.”
Brown applauded the grit of his team, which fought back from the top of the first inning.
The senior class of Fox Creek is the winningest in the area, according to Brown.
“They’re going out with 89 wins and there’s nobody around that can claim that status,” Brown said. “They’re the best senior class leaving this area this year and they deserve it, because they’re probably the hardest working class. We’ve got six total going to play college athletics, I guarantee there’s nobody else that can say that about their baseball program.”
Gillespie is one of the six players advancing into the college ranks, as he will attend Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia.
“I’m excited about being able to play college baseball and being able to play again,” Gillespie said. “All of the signings are big for the program, I think it’ll bring in a lot of kids to play here. There’s a big future for Fox Creek, I can’t wait to see what happens here.”
T.J. Lundeen is a reporter for The North Augusta Star. Follow him on Twitter @lundeentj.