ACE IN THE POCKET
Childress rebounds from hand injury to help lead Ninety Six
Friday, June 27, 2014 1:53 AM
It was only fitting Jacob Childress’ left hand was the one that clinched a state baseball championship for Ninety Six High School.
Ninety Six’s Jacob Childress was named the All-Lakelands Baseball Player of the Year.
(PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY MADDY JONES | INDEX-JOURNAL)
When the pitcher caught a line drive for the final out of the Wildcats’ Class AA state championship victory last month, it was an ironic conclusion to the year for the all-state hurler, one that saw that hand go from the operating table to the bottom of a championship dog pile.
On the mound this year, Childress was outstanding, posting a 10-2 record with 95 strikeouts and a 0.96 ERA to earn his second consecutive All-Lakelands Baseball Player of the Year Award.
Almost as impressive was what he did at the plate, batting .441 with four home runs. But it’s in that part of Childress’ game that lies the story of his season.
The rising senior was batting better than .500 in March, when he tried to slide into home plate in a game against Midland Valley.
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