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Predators send a pair to USC Salkehatchie

  • Friday, May 23, 2014

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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 Creekís head coach, called Butler an integral part of the Predatorís team.


ďBrett has been here for four years and its been fun watching that kid develop,Ē he said. ďLike Iíve said before, heís probably got the best work ethic of any kid weíve had here. Heís definitely deserving of this opportunity, heís going to go down and play first base and pitch a little bit. I think heís going to be a good asset for them.Ē


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.


ďIt means a lot to me, Iím glad I got the opportunity to continue my career in college,Ē he said. ďIím looking forward to competing most of all. My sophomore year I didnít have anybody to compete with, but my last two years Iíve been competing in practice. I canít wait to go in and compete to win that starting job. Hopefully I can work harder than anybody else and get the starting job.Ē


Chavous will fulfill a lifelong dream when he suits up for the Indians.


ďIt means a lot for me to go on and play college baseball; itís something Iíve always wanted to do,Ē he said. ďIím going in there to, hopefully, do really well and compete for innings. Iíve improved a lot over one year. Last year I didnít throw many strikes, but now Iíve got a lot better control.Ē


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.


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