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Faith knocks Eagles out of playoffs

Faith Academy pitchers found a way to cool off Fort Dale Academy's bats and take advantage of any mistake to eliminate the Eagles from the Alabama Independent School Association Class AAA playoffs on Tuesday.

Faith won the first game 5-3 and closed out the sweep, 6-1. Faith advances to the state semifinals in Selma, which begins Tuesday for Class AAA teams. Fort Dale Academy finishes its season with a 14-7 record.

"We made too many fundamental errors and you can't do that with a team like that," Eagles coach Clint Lowery said. "We've hit the ball all year. And didn't hit the ball quite as well in the playoffs."

Faith Academy rallied from a 2-1 deficit in the fifth inning to score two runs to take the lead for good.

Jarrod Hewes picked up the win for the Rams after 61/3 innings of work. He allowed three runs on six hits with two walks and six strikeouts.

Adam Moore took the loss for the Eagles allowing five runs on six hits in five innings.

Cory Ausderau was the only Fort Dale player to have more than one hit for the Eagles. He had a RBI double in the fourth inning to score Casey Weston. Ausderau also led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a solo home run.

Twin brother David Moore drew the start in Game 2, but could not seem to hit is spots early in the game.

Moore pitched all seven innings, but gave up six runs on seven hits.

"He didn't pitch that bad," Lowery said."He was jacked up and he kinda calmed down, but he didn't get any help defensively. He was ready to go and he didn't hit his spots as he did later on. Give Faith all the credit."

Weston finished Game 2 with one hit and the only RBI of the night.

Fort Dale still closes out the year with its first winning season and playoff appearance since 2000.

"Proud for the seniors to go out as area champs," Lowery said. "I hate to see those guys leave. That's a special group.

They have laid the foundation for the future. They were here when they were the joke of the state, and they have turned it around to show that we're not a pushover anymore."