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Eagles start season with win over Atmore

BY ALLISON NALL

On Feb. 19, 21, and 22 the Eagles started their 2019 season in the Escambia County Area Tournament hosted by Atmore. To begin the tournament, the Eagles started the off with Atmore. The pitchers of this game were Jordan Crane, Walker Hoomes, and Issac Smith.

Crane took the lead in pitching and struck-out seven batters of the opposing team.

Jennings Hobbs helped the Eagles big time with his at-bat plate appearances.

Hobbs had two runs, one RBI, and a double.

Sawyer Lewis and Bradley Lowery also had two runs against the Devils helping the Eagles secure their 14-4 win.

In the first inning, the Eagles successfully scored five runs on the Devils.

The Eagles did a great job at holding them off until the fifth inning, allowing the Devils to score 3 runs on them. However, by the sixth inning the Eagles made 2 more runs securing their win. Game two played on Feb. 21 was against the Flomaton Hurricanes. The starting pitcher of the game was Jacob Bondurant. By the top of the second inning, Eagles were winning 3-1. However, Bondurant gave up a homerun leading Flomaton to score. Although Jordan Crane  had great plate appearances and scored the Eagles two RBIs, it was obvious this was not the night for our Blue Eagles. With a few pitcher changes, and position changes in fielding, they could not defensively hold off the Canes. The Eagles suffered a  defeat of 13-5. In the final game of the tournament, the Eagles then faced town rival T.R. Miller. In this game, the Eagles’ defense stepped up, and held the Tigers off excellently. The starting pitcher was Jennings Hobbs. By the bottom of the first, the Tigers scored one hit. At the top of the fifth inning, there was a pitcher change. Jordan Crane stepped up and helped the team be a good defender against the rival. At the top of the seventh inning, Sawyer Lewis made an excellent catch from center-field to put out one of the Tigers. Although the defense was great, it was simply not enough to hold back the tigers. The final score was 0-4. The Eagles definitely have time to defend their title of Area Champs. The next game is Thursday, February 28 against J.U. Blacksher in Uriah. The games begin at 4 p.m.