Above .500

Published 12:00 am Saturday, March 19, 2005

The Fort Dale Eagles evened their season record Tuesday afternoon with a road trip victory against Meadowview Christian. The Eagles downed the Trojans 9-1 with Fort Dale's Kyle Dorriety making his first start of the season.

"Kyle pitched his first game and pitched very well for us," said Clint Lowery, coach of the Fort Dale Eagles. "Eric Hicks came in and closed the game out for us and pitched very well. Everybody on the team got to play and we played well. We played excellent."

In Friday's game, the Fort Dale Eagles expanded their winning streak to two games with a 4-3 win over Hooper Christian Academy. The win knocked Hooper to 1-1 on the season and 0-1 in the area.

"Today, we didn't play very well, but we won," said Lowery. "I guess that's the way it goes sometimes. Sometimes it's ugly like that."

The victory pushed the Eagles to 1-0 in the area. Tuesday they will travel to face Morgan Academy who is currently 0-0 in the area. The Senators have yet to face a region opponent.

"They're good and we're going to have to play better than we did today," said Lowery. "But are 1-0 in the area."

Fort Dale was led in Friday's game against Hooper by Ben Coker offensively. Defensively, Chuck Barrett and Adam Moore took turns sharing the pitching duties for the Eagles. Lowery also wanted to put the spotlight on Corey Asderau behind the plate.

"Defensively I thought we played pretty well," said Lowery. "Offensively we didn't play as well as we could."

Barrett got the starting nod and was relieved in the late innings by Moore. Moore faced three batters in the top of the seventh in order to close out the ballgame.

Lowery attributes their struggling offense to a lack of practice.

"With the rain and with us sharing fields," Said Lowery, "we didn't have the field for two days. The last time we had any type of game simulation or practice was Tuesday against Meadowview. Wednesday we didn't have practice at all. Wednesday we got into the cage and it was so wet that every time we got in the cage we'd swing a bat and slide down."

The Eagles will be back in action at Beeland Park on March 24 when they play host to Sparta Academy from Evergreen. And then they will face the Volunteers of Monroe Academy on April 5 also at Beeland Park.