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Surprise….Andrew Jackson Academy Baseball team Out Gate At 4-1

By Billy G. Baker


Ehrhardt—Back during basketball season Andrew Jackson Academy head baseball coach John Schaffer told anyone who would listen to hm that the Confederates would be a vastly improved baseball team this season after with a 401 record through march, 20 he is making believers out of those who follow SCUSA Class A baseball.

Spoiler alert! The days of AJA being ten runs ruled are over!

Through March, 20 AJA three of their wins are over St johns Christian 18-3, Clarendon Hall 8-2, Jefferson Davis 18-3 and Holly Hill Academy 12-3. Their lone loss was to Colleton Prep.

“We are pretty good, and it looks like all the hard work has finally paid off,” said Coach Schaffer. “We have been working a lot at improving our hitting. We do not really have a strength right now because we are working on all aspects of the game to get better.

“We felt like we would be vastly improved coming into year two of our rebuilding the varsity baseball program,” said Coach Schaffer. “I am fortunate to have some good help with my assistant coaches and the players are buying in to what we are trying to do.”

In their latest win against holly Hill on March, 20 pitcher Kevin Barnes scattered five hits and gave up three runs in four innings of mound work.

AJA scored six runs in the 7th inning against the Raiders. Colyn Peek, Chandler Hayden, Bug Brunson, and Barnes each got a hit in the big inning. Banks Wallace hit a home run in the fourth inning of the game. Hayden went 3 for 4 in the big win over Holly Hill.

After five games six players are batting over .300. Freshman Bug Brunson is hitting an impressive .474 with a team leading 9 RBI’s and Jonathan Schaffer is at .467 including one RBI. Drake Mathias is at .455 with five RBI’s and Wallace is at .429 with six RBI’s. Hayden, a good defensive first baseman, is batting .400 with five RBI’s. Landon O’Neal is batting .308 with three RBI’s. Bryce Hughes has contributed with four RBI’s and he has done a good job pitching.

AJA has used six different pitchers this season. Th two work horses have been Hughes who is 3-1 with a .84 ERA and four K’s. Barnes has tossed 10 innings and has a 4.9 ERA.

“The key for us now is not to let up over our Spring break and stay focused on steady improvement,” said Coach Schaffer. “We are pleased to be 4-1 right now but we have a lot of things we can improve on I promise you.

“We really want to compete to win a region title and we hope to go deep in the playoffs which has not done here in years,” said Coach Schaffer. “We are a real young team in some areas, so we are still developing and staying focused is very important right now.”

 Two of the team’s courtesy runners are Connor Gleaton and Bryce Waltz. Shane Banks and Ethan Graves are two newcomers contributing right now.




The Andrew Jackson Academy Softball Enjoys A Loaded Roster Of 21 Players

By Billy G. Baker


 Ehrhardt—One of the busiest athletic directors in the state right now just might be Andrew Jackson Academy head softball coach Jason Peek because he his staff must find a way to keep 21 softball players happy in one dugout during the 2019 season.

AJA didn’t have enough players to field a jayvee team, so the school decided to have one large varsity group and it has been quite interesting trying to manage such a large group game by game.

“We are working very hard and we lost several games in the final inning by one run, so we know we have been competitive,” said volunteer coach Stacey Peek, wife of the head coach. “We have a lot of young girls on the team and they are all working hard. We feel like we are on the right track and it will soon all come together.”

A recent 11-0 loss to Holly Hill Academy defined the season thus far. AJA led 11-9 going into the bottom of the 7th inning. The team loss on a double that scored three runs in the bottom of the 7th. AJA came back to tie the score in that game on a double by the team’s leading hitter Avery Peek in the sixth inning.

The team’s top pitcher is Hannah Scharber who had five strike-outs in the six innings she worked against Holly Hill. Makenzie Beard came in relief in the final inning. Against the Raiders AJA combined for 10 hits. Brittany Folk, Peek, and Haley Owens each had two hits for the Lady Confederates.

Some other starters on the team include senior second baseman Lindsey Pulaski, senior shortstop Alexis Brunson, senior third baseman Alexis Bridgers, freshman center fielder Morgan Walling, and 8th grade left fielder Maddie Barnes.

Scharber is the ace of the pitching staff backed up by 8th grader McKenzie Beard.

A few reserve players include left fielder Elizabeth Hadwin, center fielder Neeley Hackney, and right fielder Kendyl Baxley.

The team has upcoming games with Colleton Pep on March 25th, followed by a game next day against Jefferson Davis Academy and then they host Holly Hill Academy on March 26th.

Coach Peek is assisted by Tim Owens.


© 2017 High School Sports Report

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