Wheeler High’s Sam Bragg dominated a recent baseball game like he was playing it on his XBox 360.
He put up ridiculous numbers.
Don’t let the baby-face look fool you. He’s a bad dude.
The junior flame-thrower struck out the first 14 batters he faced in a 9-0 win over Campbell this past week. Wheeler’s David McDonald has seen a lot of star-studded achievements over the years as baseball coach — including a sending a steady flow of players to the major-league draft. But nothing like Bragg’s brash streak.
It looked something like KKKKKKKKKKKKKK in the scorebook.
“He just struck them all out,” McDonald said. “There wasn’t a ground ball. There wasn’t a fly ball. I think he went 3-2 (full count) on two hitters. His fastball was popping at 91-92 mph, while he was also throwing his breaking ball very hard for strikes … It was impressive.”
Bragg is one of Georgia’s top high school juniors, and has stolen some of the spotlight from senior teammate Dale Carey, who has major-league scouts follow him wherever he goes. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Carey has signed a baseball scholarship with Miami.
Back to Bragg: The hard-throwing righty is 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds. He has an early scholarship offer from UGA, but expects to gain national notoriety on summer circuit in a couple of months.
And if you thought it was a fluke, Bragg made a relief appearance two days earlier against Milton. He struck out five batters in two innings, giving him a total of 22 K’s in nine innings.
Not bad for a week’s worth of work.
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