FDA to host tournament

Published 3:54 pm Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Fort Dale Academy head coach Josh Beverly is hoping his team will gain valuable experience at this weekend’s Quality Co-Op FDA Baseball Tournament. Advocate Staff/Andy Brown

There’s no substitute for experience.

It’s for that reason that Fort Dale Academy is hosting the Quality Co-Op FDA Baseball Tournament, which is co-sponsored by Rehab Associates and Championship Trophy.

“We’re going to get a lot of baseball in during a pretty short period of time and that’s going to help us gain some experience,” Fort Dale head coach Josh Beverly said. “That’s why you play tournaments like this.

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“You can go over things in practice and work on different situations you might see in a game, but there’s nothing like getting game experience.”

The Eagles will open the tournament Friday with a game against Crenshaw Christian Academy at 9 a.m.

Fort Dale defeated CCA 4-2 in its season opener on Feb. 21.

In that contest FDA right-hander Skylar McKeown tossed a complete-game, one-hitter and struck out 19 batters.

The FDA/CCA game will be followed by a contest between Lowndes Academy and Evangel Christian Academy at 11 a.m.

The winners of those two games will then face off at 1:30 p.m.

Action will begin Saturday at 9:30 a.m. with the championship game scheduled to be played at 2 p.m.

Admission to the tournament is $5 per person.