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A recent development in South Carolina’s baseball and overall sports scene is the emergence of sports opportunities for home-schooled children. Based out of Lexington but serving the Greater Columbia area, the Providence Athletic Club was formed to compete with local schools statewide. They started a soccer and a baseball team the first year and have grown from there. “My kids were aging out of the recreational leagues some years ago, so I started doing research about forming a homeschool team,” says baseball coach and PAC founder Jim Blevins. “We have now fielded a JV team for four years, and it’s our third year with a varsity level baseball team.”
No home field to practice on might be a disadvantage, but Blevins says the interest has been strong. “We have a roster of 14 on varsity and 15 on JV this year. Our baseball teams compete against the largest SCISA schools in the state, as well as against various local public high schools.” The teams have not been pushed around on the playing field, either, with the JV team winning 20 games last season — including wins over large independent schools such as Ben Lippen and Cardinal Newman — while the varsity squad went from five wins in its first year to 13 last season, including a tournament win over 3A school Lakewood. “Everyone gets this image of homeschoolers, but these kids can play ball,” Blevins says.
L-R: Jake Brunson, Matthew Lord and Alex Blevins.
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Published on Mar 6, 2013
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