MEMA claims doubleheader from FDA

Published 9:17 pm Friday, April 3, 2009

After playing tough in the first game of a doubleheader against Macon-East on Wednesday, the wheels fell off for the Fort Dale softball team.

The first game was a 3-1 loss for the Eagles, but the second game ended with FDA down 9-0.

For the opener, head coach Scarlett Anderson said things went pretty well for the Eagles.

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“We only had one day of practice because of the rain, but coming from a week off with spring break, we still played well,” Anderson said.

Before taking a week for spring break, the Eagles lost to Macon-East 9-0 at their tournament.

Despite that, Fort Dale had a chance to win the first game, but stranded runners were the Eagles’ downfall.

FDA left 11 runners on base and had eight hits, compared to two for MEMA.

“We just couldn’t get runner home,” Anderson said.

Fort Dale’s run came as the result of smart baserunning.

Murphy Middleton came through with a hit, and she was moved to third base by a double from Tosh Taylor.

Jordan Peavy got a hit to third base, but the Macon-East defense botched the play and Middleton made it home.

The second game of the doubleheader wasn’t as pretty for the Eagles as they lost 9-0.

Macon-East put five runs on the board in the first inning and never looked back.

“We had several errors,” Anderson said. “Those are things we’ve been working on, but we’re just not doing it.”

“We lost our focus. It was a very upsetting second game compared to the first,” she added.

The loss puts the Eagles in a precarious region situation, having won only one region game.

Fort Dale has games coming up against Lee-Scott and other region opponents, and those are important.

“We need to win those region games,” Anderson said. “We’ve found out that we can play against Lee-Scott and Macon-East. We’ve got six region games in the next two weeks, and we’ve got to win most of those.”