Eagles fall to Faith in double-dip
Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 17, 2005
Saturday afternoon, the Fort Dale Eagles put their 1-0 record on the line against probably one of their toughest challenges on their schedule, the Faith Rams.
In game one, Faith posted a seven-run second inning and a nine-run fifth inning to put them on top en route to a 16-1 victory.
The Eagles didn't go down without a fight though. After being held hitless for a majority of the game, Casey Weston draws a walk and is the first Eagle to touch the bases. One batter later, Kyle Dorriety singled to right scoring Weston and then advanced to second.
The game started with Fort Dale pitcher Chuck Barrett sitting the first three Rams down in order. Faith, however, answered back with strikeouts by Cory Asderau, Brady Newton and Adam Moore.
The wheels fell off the wagon for the Eagles in the second inning. Fort Dale gave up seven runs in the inning. Chris McPherson led off with a base hit and then was advanced to second with a base knock from Coby Chavers. Michael Waller and Cam Lewis produced back-to-back outs, but Justin Sutton recorded a base hit that pushed McPherson and Chavers across the plate for the score. Brandon Turner reached on an error and then Trey Atkins recorded base hit that scored Sutton to push the Rams up 4-0. Turner and Atkins were pushed across the plate from a hit from Timmy Daw. McPherson reached on a two base error that allowed Daw to score to put them up 7-0.
"We played pretty well in the first game," said Lloyd Skota, coach of the Faith Rams. "Fort Dale was very good fundamentally, except for a couple of spots."
The Eagles remained hitless through the bottom of the second with Barrett, David Moore and Erick Hicks recording outs to end the inning. After shutting the Rams down at the top half of the third inning, the Eagles were finally able to find a chink in the armor of their opponents.
Casey Weston opened the second half of the third frame by drawing a walk and was then scored by a single from Kyle Dorriety, giving the Eagles their first run of the game.
Asderau tacked on a hard liner through short to move Dorriety to second but the inning ended when Newton went down swinging and A. Moore grounded out.
"They have made a lot of improvements up there with the way that the kids present themselves," said Skota.
"We hit the ball exceptionally the first game, but they played well."
Faith threatened with runners on in the fourth inning, but was only able to push one run across thanks to a single from Chavers, moving the score to 8-1.
The Eagles were unable to provide any offensive pop for the rest of the game, despite giving up nine runs in the top of the fifth inning.
When all was said and done, Fort Dale found themselves on the low end of the scoreboard, 16-1.
But, game two of the twinbill was a different story.
Faith, who's record improved to 4-2 with the game one victory, found themselves in a different situation the second game.
Fort Dale, stood toe-to-toe with their opponents, but fell short 6-3.
For the Rams, McPherson finished the day 3-of-4 with an RBI and then Waller doubled in an RBI to give the Rams the lead.
Following a road trip to Meadowview Christian, the Eagles will return back to Beeland March 18 for a one game tilt with the Hooper Christian Academy Colts.
First pitch for Friday's game is set for 4 p.m.