Eagles, Rams set for twinbill

Published 12:00 am Monday, March 14, 2005

The Fort Dale Eagle baseball team will have their hands full on Saturday. They will play host to the Faith Academy Rams in a doubleheader slated to start at 1 p.m., at Beeland Park.

"Faith is good. I think they are having a little bit of a down year, but a down year to them is a good year for most people," said Clint Lowery, coach of the Fort Dale Eagles following their first game of the season. "They have always got people signing with colleges and it's going to be a good test for us. Chuck Barrett will start the first game and I'm not sure about the second game.

They are good and are going to bring about 25 players and all of them play. They know how to play the game, they aren't going ot make silly errors or silly baserunning mistakes."

In the first game of the Fort Dale season, they used seven innings to knock off the then 2-2 Escambia Academy Cougars.

"I thought it was good for the first game," said Lowery. "We hit the ball well which was good and then we had four errors which was not that good. But Chuck Barrett pitched five very good innings and Eric Hicks pitched two innings to close the game out

Escambia is a good team. They were 2-2 and already played four games. Last year they made it to the AISA final four and to beat them I think we played well."

In the season opener, the Eagles jumped to an early 3-0 lead then a long blast with a pair of RBI's pushed the lead even further, 5-0.

Through Fort Dale's aggressive play on the base paths, the Eagles were able to tack four additional runs on the board and nearly had their opponents set up to be beaten by the 10 run rule, but it turned out that nine runs up was as far ahead as they could pull.

The first pitch for this weekend's game is set for 1 p.m. and will be a doubleheader. According to Lowery, Barrett is slated to get the nod for game one and game two is more than likely going to be a toss-up.