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Loss puts FDA out of playoffs

The Fort Dale baseball team needed a strong week to have a shot at the playoffs, but that hope was quashed with a split in a double-header against Hooper on Tuesday.

“We needed to win both games, beat Pike Lib and get some help to make the playoffs, but we’re out,” said head coach Josh Beverly.

The Eagles got a 12-2 win in the first game of the doubleheader, while Hooper won the second game 8-5.

“We had a good first game,” Beverly said. “Todd Burkett threw well and Aaron Callen had five RBIs. Our 1-4 hitters in the lineup hit really well for us.”

The Eagles got production from a number of different players, including Callen, Hunter Smith, Burkett, Daniel Nolan and Dustin Till.

Callen had a sacrifice fly in the first inning to bring in a run before knocking three Eagles in with a double in the fourth.

Burkett had two RBIs in the second inning to go with an RBI from Smith, and Callen, Smith and Till all had RBI singles in the fifth inning.

Nolan put the mercy rule into effect with an RBI double in the last inning.

The second game was going well for the Eagles until the fifth inning, when the Colts put seven runs on the board.

“We played ten innings of good ball, then we couldn’t do anything right,” Beverly said.

Two highlights of the second game for Fort Dale were Burkett’s two-RBI single in the second inning and a solo home run from Till in the fifth.

The Eagles traveled to Troy on Friday to take on the Patriots of Pike Liberal Arts, but results were unavailable at press time.

Fort Dale closes the home season on Monday with senior day against Sparta.