Academic Magnet Baseball: A Mid-Season Review

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Academic Magnet Baseball: A Mid-Season Review

After the move up into the new AAA region, the Raptors have enjoyed their new level of competition thus far. They play at a new stadium called Shipyard Park (in the picture) which features an all turf field and stadium seating. Despite dropping the first region series to Hanahan, the Raptors have gone 4-1 since beating Bishop England once, Georgetown once, and Waccamaw twice.

Senior leaders Luke, Ethan, and Stephen were asked a few questions about the season.

What are the biggest strengths of the team this year?

Luke Freudenheim- We’re pretty strong defensively, especially in the infield. Our dugout is consistently loud and is great for rallies.

Ethan Fewell- We can create momentum when we need to.

Stephen Holderness- Coming back after an early deficit

Where does the team need the most improvement?

Luke Freudenheim- We need more extra base hits and home runs.

Ethan Fewell- Scratching runs across and pushing some in in tough situations

Stephen Holderness- Creating a bigger cushion for pitchers in close games

Favorite part about the team?

Luke Freudenheim- I love how close we all are, we’re like brothers. Most of us have known each other since we were 9 years old so there is a lot of chemistry.

Ethan Fewell- Having fun at practice

Stephen Holderness- Strong bond of the seniors

Favorite traditions?

Luke Freudenheim- Pickup basketball before games.

Ethan Fewell- Pregame Bo’Jangles and Taco Bell and Monster drinks

Stephen Holderness- The bell we ring after doubles

Game Summaries-

Hanahan @ Magnet: 6-5 L

After going up 5-0, the Raptors gave up a big rally to the Hawks in the top of 6th where they pushed across 6.

Magnet @ Hanahan: 5-3 L

After tying the game up in the top of the 7th thanks to a Raptors home run, the Hawks walked it off with a bomb of their own in the bottom frame.

Waccamaw @ Magnet: 4-3 W

An early offensive bout pushed the Raptors past the Warriors as the winning pitcher Stephen Holderness pitched 6.1 innings.

Magnet @ Waccamaw: 9-6 W (10)

Luke Freudenheim’s bases clearly 3 RBI double in the top half of the 10th propelled the Raptors into the win. Winning pitcher: Max Windom

Magnet @ Bishop England: 3-0 L

A poor defensive showing and a complete lack of offense led to the loss for the Raptors.

Bishop England @ Magnet: 4-2 W

A late game comeback highlighted by towering one hop double from Stephen Holderness helped the Raptors fly past the Bishops as the winning pitcher Ethan Fewell tossed a complete 4 hit 10 K game.

Georgetown @ Magnet: 4-3 W

A 6th inning Will Jordan single and stolen base put him into position to score on a single from Cameron Thelan with two outs to put the Raptors up one in with the game on the line.

A typical lineup:

  1. Max Windom at short stop (Senior)
  2. Luke Freudenheim at third base (Senior)
  3. Ethan Fewell catching (Senior)
  4. Stephen Holderness on the mound (Senior)
  5. Will Jordan in left field (Junior)
  6. Kedar Veeraswamy at first base (Junior)
  7. Jackson Ray in center field (Senior)
  8. Cameron Thelan in right field (Freshman)
  9. Baxter Barrett at second base (Senior)


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