Friday, May 23, 2014
The Fox Creek baseball team produced two more college athletes on Friday, with Brett Butler and Jesse Chavous signing to play at USC Salkehatchie.
The duo, who were the only left handed pitchers for the Predators, helped Fox Creek to a 24-4 record.
Wesley Brown, Fox Creek’s head coach, called Butler an integral part of the Predator’s team.
“Brett has been here for four years and its been fun watching that kid develop,” he said. “Like I’ve said before, he’s probably got the best work ethic of any kid we’ve had here. He’s definitely deserving of this opportunity, he’s going to go down and play first base and pitch a little bit. I think he’s going to be a good asset for them.”
Chavous, a one-year player at Fox Creek, was a left-handed specialist in relief for the baseball team. Brown is expecting a similar role at USC Salkehatchie.
For Butler, the chance to play college baseball was the motivation for his off season work.
“It means a lot to me, I’m glad I got the opportunity to continue my career in college,” he said. “I’m looking forward to competing most of all. My sophomore year I didn’t have anybody to compete with, but my last two years I’ve been competing in practice. I can’t wait to go in and compete to win that starting job. Hopefully I can work harder than anybody else and get the starting job.”
Chavous will fulfill a lifelong dream when he suits up for the Indians.
“It means a lot for me to go on and play college baseball; it’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” he said. “I’m going in there to, hopefully, do really well and compete for innings. I’ve improved a lot over one year. Last year I didn’t throw many strikes, but now I’ve got a lot better control.”
With the two additional signings, the Predators baseball team is now sending six athletes to college. Along with Butler and Chavous, Darshon Broadwater will attend Spartenburg Methodist College, Terrance Hillary will play at USC Sumter, Roby Gillespie will take his talents to Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and Deondre Baskett will play football at Limestone College.
T.J. Lundeen is a reporter for The North Augusta Star. Follow him on Twitter @lundeentj for more updates.