Faith too much for Fort Dale

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 17, 2005

The Fort Dale Lady Eagles' first game of the season was an adventure that had to be called because of the mercy rule.

Saturday, the Lady Eagles were mercied once again but put up a fight in the first inning of the first game.

Stephanie Hood took the mound and was able to keep the Faith Lady Rams off balance for a majority of the inning.

For hood, it was her first time inside the circle as a starting pitcher.

"It was pretty good for my first time," said Hood. "I was a little nervous, but other than that I did pretty fair for my first start. They weren't as good as they were last year, but they were still pretty good. We did well up against them I think."

The team would have sent Faith back to the dugout with a goose-egg but, two FDA errors allowed the Lady Rams to put runners on and push two runs across the board.

At the end of the first inning, Fort Dale trailed 2-0.

"It kind of went downhill from there," said Hope Stanford. "We were trying but we weren't trying as hard as we could have.

"I think we got frustrated with ourselves and lost focus," said Hood. "But we were able to get back."

The Lady Eagles gave up 10 runs in the second inning and then three more in the third before the officials called the game.

In the second game, the Lady Eagles fell 20-0.

Despite the losses though, improvements are being seen.

"There was improvement in different areas," said Hope Stanford. "It can't be seen in the scoring, but there was improvement in some of the fielding."

The Lady Eagles will be back in action Friday when they play host to the Lady Colts of Hooper Christian Academy. It's both teams' first area games of the season. First pitch for that game is set for 4 p.m. and will be played at Beeland Park.

Following the Hooper game, the Lady Eagles will travel to Selma for a doubleheader against the Lady Senators of Morgan Academy. First pitch for that game is set for 3 p.m. and will take place on March 22.

Fort Dale will close out the month of March with a double-header against Spart Academy on March 24 at 4 p.m.