Fox Creek’s Darshon Broadwater had a memorable senior season for the Predators baseball team, but the center fielder’s ceiling is higher than just a successful high school career.
Broadwater hit .549 with one home run, seven triples and 17 stolen bases to lead the strong Fox Creek program to another high win total. He was named Class A All-State and All-Region 4-A, and he played in the North-South All-Star Game.
Broadwater’s big year has earned him The Augusta Chronicle All-Area South Carolina Baseball Player of the Year.
“I enjoyed my team for the last three years,” Broadwater said. “It was the best team I could have asked for. They were beside me every game, I was beside them. Not every team is like that. I enjoyed them.”
The athletic outfielder has the frame to add muscle and develop more power, which would add to an already impressive set of tools. Fox Creek coach Wes Brown said Broadwater’s home-to-first time is in elite territory for the major league level, giving him the chance to combine power and speed in the future.
Broadwater said he wants to work on hitting with more authority by following through on pitches better.
“You look at him and you see kind of a smaller version of Jason Heyward, the way his body is shaped, long arms and long legs,” Brown said. “I’ve seen him through football season, too, and the word is athlete. That’s the main way to describe him is pure athlete.”
Broadwater received scouting attention at Fox Creek but signed to play at Spartanburg Methodist, which is considered a premier junior college program.
“It’s good that I came (to Fox Creek), because it’s going to get me ready for Spartanburg,” Broadwater said. “I don’t think another program around here would have me ready for Spartanburg. It’s because of coach Brown. I’m just happy I played for him.”
Broadwater’s baseball career won’t end at Fox Creek, and it could potentially extend beyond Spartanburg Methodist with more scouting eyes in that area.
“He’s definitely got the tools to play in the minors,” Brown said. “The chance is going to come. Whether he’s ready for it or not, that’s all on his shoulders from here on out.”