FDA baseball keeps rolling

Published 5:58 pm Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Fort Dale Eagles have continued their strong start to the season despite hitting a bump in the road against Glenwood.

The Eagles picked up a 17-10 win over the Taylor Road Tigers last Tuesday, and several players had a big day at the plate.

Todd Burkett, Paul Whigham, Hunter Smith, Aaron Callen and Dustin Till all had two RBIs for FDA.

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The latter part of the week brought the doubleheader showdown with Glenwood.

The Eagles dropped both games, falling 14-4 in the first game and 8-2 in the second.

“We played better in the second game,” said head coach Josh Beverly. “We had 10 hits, but only two runs. That means that we had a lot of squandered opportunities. We had the chance to make that game a lot closer.”

Beverly said that his pitching staff ran into some trouble in the first game by giving up eight runs in the second inning.

The Eagles followed the doubleheader up with a tournament and games against Escambia and South Montgomery County.

FDA topped Escambia 10-1, getting two RBIs from Till and solo RBIs from Burkett, Whigham, Smith, Callen and Steven Lee.

Callen also gave a strong performance on the mound, only surrendering two hits.

Fort Dale also topped SMCA 12-0 in the nightcap.

Southpaw pitcher Matthew Burkett led the way for the Eagles with six strikeouts in just over three innings pitched.

Daniel Nolen was the top offensive player for FDA with three RBIs.

Whigham, who came in to close the game on the mound for the Eagles, also had two RBIs.

“I’m glad that we got to play those two games,” Beverly said. “We’re swinging the bats well, but we do need some work defensively. We’re going to focus on that in practice.”

Saturday’s tournament games were cancelled because of rain.

The weather also postponed Monday’s region matchup with Hooper.

“If we can beat Lee-Scott and Hooper, we’ll be in pretty good shape for the playoffs,” Beverly said. “If we can get into the playoffs, I like our chances. I think we’ve got a good shot to win some games.”

The Eagles also broke into the ASWA rankings this week at No. 5. They have a 9-3 record overall, and 2-2 in the region.