Eagles’ losing skid reaches three games

Published 4:28 pm Tuesday, April 9, 2013

It’s becoming a familiar scene for Fort Dale Academy.

It’s one head coach Josh Beverly hopes he’s seen the last of for a while.

The Eagles have lost their last three games by a combined three runs, and now find themselves in need of a win over Escambia Academy on Friday to earn the No. 2 seed in the region and a home playoff game.

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“We’ve backed ourselves into a corner,” Beverly said. “We could have easily been playing for a region championship and instead we need to win to be the No. 2 seed.”

The Eagles’ latest loss came on Monday when Monroe Academy topped them 7-6 thanks in large part to a pair of errors in the third inning that allowed the Vols to plate four runs.

“Take away that inning and things turn out differently,” Beverly said. “We’re killing ourselves.”

Cade Tillery led the Eagles with a 2-for-3 effort at the plate that included two RBIs. Blake Harris also had two hits in the win.

The loss came just two days after the Eagles fell to Macon-East Montgomery Academy 6-5 on Saturday.

In that contest, the Eagles allowed five runs in the first inning.

Ryan Burkett led FDA’s offensive charge with a 2-for-4 effort that included two doubles and two RBIs.

Austin Vickery was 2-for-3 and also suffered the loss on the mound. He fanned eight batters.

Fort Dale and Escambia will square off at 4 p.m. Friday at the FDA Sortsplex.