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Fox varsity baseball takes center-stage

With only Caroline left on their schedule, the Foxes varsity baseball team (8-5, 12-7) could finish in second place behind undefeated Battlefield leader Courtland. This milestone would mark the best record the Foxes have had in five years. Even if Spotsylvania won their remaining game, the Foxes would still finish ahead of the Knights, based on defeating them twice during the season. Results of the Caroline game were not available due to press deadlines.
Last Thursday’s 2-1 victory at Ross Memorial Field in Spotsylvania, is a sure sign that the Battlefield District is in the process of renovation. Against one of the best teams in the district, Chris Davis pitched six and third innings of shutout baseball, which resulted in one run in the seventh. Davis finished with four strikeouts, no walks and gave up four hits.
Davis is an intangible that most teams would dream of having. The senior right-hander has pitched more than 52 innings of baseball, that has resulted in 66 strikeouts and only 20 walks. But his 3-3 record, which includes four no-decisions, cannot describe his value to the Fox baseball program.

At the plate, he has amassed a .300 batting average that has featured two home runs, 15 stolen bases and scored 18 runs. Fox varsity head baseball coach Thad Reviello is a firm believer in Davis as a team leader.
“His athletic ability allows us to do a lot with him,” coach Reviello said. “Chris is a huge reason why we have turned things around and are in second place right now.”
In Davis’ last two starts, his control has stiffled rival batters, with a complete game shutout against Culpeper and his recent overpowering efforts against the Knights.
Damain Carroll got the save for the Foxes, as he pitched ¾ of an inning of relief that featured two strikeouts. At the plate, Carroll was one for three with one RBI. In the top of the fourth inning with two outs, Carroll was robbed of a possible extra base hit after Knight centerfielder DJ Carter made a diving catch that will surely make his team’s highlight film.
As for the Knights, Matt Houston pitched seven innings that resulted in six strikeouts, five hits, one walk and two scores. Houston’s double in the bottom of the seventh inning produced the Knights’ lone run. With runners on first and third and only one out, Carroll struck out Zach Tarleton and Carter to give the Foxes the win.
On the following day, the Foxes continued their winning streak by defeating James Monroe, 7-1. Ethan Slemp led the way for the Foxes with eight strikeouts.
At the plate Theo Klopsis collected three hits and a pair of scores. Teammate, David Campbell compiled three hits, which featured a double and a triple for the Foxes.
The recent addition of Reviello as the head coach and the team’s ability to win their last 10 out of 12 games has issued in a new era in Fox sports, where baseball has now returned to be among one of the Foxes premier sports programs.
“The kids have worked really hard from the young kids to the seniors, and it’s starting to catch on” coach Reviello said. “We’ve worked on all kinds of things in practice, right down to the smallest things — and the kids are now believing.”
In light of the recent success of the Foxes junior varsity baseball team, life at the Foxes den could spell trouble for district rivals.

Leonard M. Banks
Sports Editor

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