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Fort Dale routs Sparta

Fort Dale Academy’s Chip Taylor is tagged out at home during the Eagles’ 12-2 win against Sparta on Monday at the FDA Sportsplex. Taylor and the Eagles will be back in action Friday when they take on Glenwood in a doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for noon at the FDA Sportsplex. Advocate Staff/Andy Brown

A nine-run third inning powered Fort Dale Academy to a 12-2 win against Sparta Academy Monday at the FDA Sportsplex.

The win comes after a weekend sweep of Northside Methodist Academy.

“We’re playing much better baseball right now,” Fort Dale head coach Josh Beverly said. “We are hopefully peaking at the right time of the year and can make a push for the playoffs.”

Chip Taylor, Skylar McKeown and Brandon Matthews each pounded out two hits to help pace the Fort Dale offense. Taylor also drove in two runs, while McKeown plated one.

James Burkett was 1-for-3 with two RBIs in the win.

“Hitting, pitching and defense have all improved from our two-week slump,” Beverly said.

Fort Dale (7-9, 3-4) faced off with region rival Lee-Scott Tuesday. Results were not available at press time. The Eagles will be back in action Friday when they take on Glenwood in a doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for noon at the FDA Sportsplex.