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Newberry set to battle PK Yonge

This Thursday, March 21st and Friday, March 22nd the Newberry Panthers Varsity baseball team will be facing the PK Yonge Blue Wave at 7 p.m.

The Blue Wave are seeking their first conference win. They’re sitting at 0-2 in the district with both losses to Fort White.

Currently, Coach Spina’s Panthers are in fourth place in the 5A district 5 rankings. They suffered conference losses to both Palatka and the district’s top-ranked Santa Fe.

Stats and Notable Players

Newberry’s JJ Harper

Newberry leads PK Yonge in terms of the numbers. They have an overall batting average of .28, while PK Yonge’s is .15. Be on the lookout for Junior JJ Harper. He’s one Newberry’s leading hitters with a batting average of .476. Another Panther to watch for is Junior Dante Starks. Currently, he holds the teams’ highest on-base percentage, .625. On the other side of the ball, Danny Dawson is one of the Blue Wave’s best hitters. He currently has a .333 batting average and .429 on-base percentage.

Past Meetings

Newberry ended their 2018 season at 16-10 overall and 6-6 in district play, while PK Yonge finished 19-9 and 7-5 in the district. The two teams met three times last season. Coach Brunson’s Blue Wave walked away with a win in two of those meetings.

About Maddie Schmidt

Maddie Schmidt is currently a student at the University of Florida. Her goal is to become a college football sideline reporter. Be sure to check out her sports blog, mygamedaygal.com.

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