Lady Eagles score, but still fall short

Published 12:00 am Saturday, March 19, 2005

Things haven't gone quite the way that the Fort Dale Lady Eagles have planned this season. After opening the season with a three-inning loss to Escambia County, the Lady Eagles improved defensively, only losing to Faith in a double header

last weekend. Tuesday night, Fort Dale had the opportunity to turn things around.

Thanks to a strong pitching performance from Micah Lolley, the Lady Eagles once again found themselves on the low side of the scoreboard. Lolley buried the Lady Eagles offensively without allowing a hit and recording 11 strikeouts.

Despite FDA pitcher Stephanie Hood's five strikeouts, the Fort Dale defense imploded in the bottom of the fifth inning due to a combination of solid seeing-eye hits mixed with a few errors.

The Lady Trojans pushed their 5-0 lead to a 12-0 lead due to the seven-run third inning. After the breakdown, the Lady Eagles composed themselves and were able to hold the home-standing Lady Trojans bats' at bay and made it to the fifth inning all season.

Even though the Fort Dale defense is improving, the Lady Eagle offense is still to be considered anemic at best. After garnering only a handful of hits in five games so far, Fort Dale has yet to score a run.

That changed on Friday afternoon. The Lady Eagles netted their first two runs of the season in a 13-2 regional loss to Hooper Christian Academy.

"We had a lot of hits, two runs and we did alot better this time," said Scarlett McNaughton, coach of the Lady Eagles.

"For the most part, I'm proud of my girls."

The Lady Eagles stood toe to toe with their green clad opponents. But after an injury to the Lady Eagles Michelle Hulick, Fort Dale found themselves struggling to stop runs.

Hulick was taken out of the game after a collision at the plate. The score, swelled to 13-2.

Fort Dale will be back in action Tuesday when they travel to Selma to face Morgan Academy.