Predators win district crown

FOX CREEK 11, BLACKSBURG 8

NORTH AUGUSTA --- Fox Creek beat Blacksburg 11-8 on Wednesday to win the Class A District IV baseball championship.

"It's the first time in school history the school's ever won (the district championship). You've got to be happy about that," said Fox Creek coach David Bell. "To win against these guys, a quality team, was just outstanding."

Blacksburg didn't waste any time getting started, scoring four runs in the top of the first.

"I got kind of worried when Blacksburg scored those four runs," Bell said.

He didn't have to stay worried for long.

Fox Creek's Curtiss Duncan and Taylor Carter both homered in the bottom of the first to highlight an eight-run inning.

"I just tried to put the ball in play and get a hit so we could get some runs on the board," said Duncan, a senior. "I'm just trying to play my last year all the way out."

Blacksburg didn't give up easily, scoring one run in the second and another in the third to pull within 8-6.

But Fox Creek responded in the bottom of the fifth.

After Ryan Just reached on a ground-ball hit, Austen Giacobone homered to make it 10-6. Cody Willing then singled, stole second and advanced to third on an out. Caleb Bell followed with a hit to right, and Willing scored to extend the lead to 11-6.

Blacksburg tried to retaliate in the top of the sixth, pulling within 11-8 on a two-run homer by Will Raines, before Fox Creek closed the game out to advance to the Upper State Tournament on Saturday.

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