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Athlete of the Week: Blitch a double threat for BA

            Earlier this week, Bulloch Academy clinched a No. 2 seed in the GISA state baseball playoffs, and junior pitcher Walker Blitch has been driving the Gators all the way.

            Blitch went six strong innings and struck out six in a 7-4 win over Curtis Baptist, and even helped his own cause at the plate with three hits and two RBIs.

            The win boosted Blitch’s record to 5-0 on the season.

            “I just wanted to go out there and pitch a good game,” said Blitch. “All of those region games are big, so you try to be at your best. I thought that I threw pretty well, and then Taylor (Burke) was able to come in and shut them down in the last inning.”

            Monday’s performance was nothing new to Gator fans.

            In addition to the spotless record, Blitch sports a 1.75 ERA on the year. He is also second on the team with 38 strikeouts in 40 innings of work, and has issued just 13 free passes.

            “I love being on the mound because it lets me control the game,” said Blitch. “I enjoy trying to be a leader for this team. I think that we have come together as a team much better this year, which should help us in the playoffs.”