Errors cost Fort Dale in shutout setback

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 9, 2006

Escambia Academy pounded out 20 hits and took advantage of 29 Fort Dale Academy errors to spoil the Eagles' season-opener with a 15-0 victory in three innings on Monday at Beeland Park.

The Lady Cougars (4-2) easily scored 10 runs in the first inning and cruised the rest of the way when coach Darrell Jackson began to freely substitute his players so that every player saw playing time.

&#8220This was a confidence boost for us today,” Jackson said after his team dropped back-to-back games to Mobile Christian and Faith Academy last weekend. &#8220We needed this game to regain our momentum and get us back on an even keel mentally.”

Lori Bonds led the Lady Cougars at the plate going 4-for-4 with a double and four RBI. Stacey Gibbs chipped in with three hits and a RBI, while Jaime Drew was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI.

&#8220Our girls were real aggressive at the plate and did a good job to hitting the ball,” Jackson said. &#8220But give credit to Fort Dale. They are a much improved team. Things just didn't go their way today.”

Fort Dale (0-1) managed just two hits off of Gibbs, who pitched all three innings. Casey Hicks accounted for both hits.

&#8220My hats off to Fort Dale. They are moving in the right direction, which is a direction most coaches would like to see their programs go.”

Fort Dale returns to action March 14 to host Meadowview at 4 p.m.