Eagles on three-game slide

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 17, 2006

After opening the season with an impressive win over Escambia Academy, Fort Dale dropped three games in a row in Mobile on Friday and Saturday.

The Eagles fell to Cottage Hill 13-3 in five innings and then were swept by Faith on Saturday.

Faith stayed unbeaten on the season by shutting out Fort Dale 15-0 in five innings in Game 1, and then followed it up with an 11-1 win in Game 2.

Cottage Hill and Faith Academy's pitching seemingly silenced the Eagles' bats, while Fort Dale had troubles on the mound.

In the Eagles' loss to Cottage Hill, Fort Dale's pitching staff gave up six hits and seven walks.

Starting pitcher Andrew Phelps was chased after just one inning of work. He gave up two hits, four walks and seven runs.

Blake Mullins came on in relief of Phelps for two innings before Ben Coker came on to pitch the fourth.

Cottage Hill extended its lead to 9-0 after three innings before Fort Dale scratched the scoreboard.

The Eagles (1-3) scored all of their runs in the fourth.

Bruce Holleyfield led off the fourth with a single and later scored after Davis Watts doubled to left.

Mullins then tripled to right to score Watts before Brady Newton tallied the final hit of the day for Fort Dale with a RBI single to score Mullins.

The Eagles had other opportunities to plate some runs, but could not. Fort Dale left the bases loaded in the second inning without plating a single run.

The Eagles' luck at the plate didn't get any better on Saturday during Game 1 of their doubleheader with Faith Academy.

The Rams silenced all but one Fort Dale bat in five innings. Phelps garnered the Eagles' lone hit in the second inning.

Meanwhile, Faith Academy scattered eight hits and took advantage of five Fort Dale errors and eight walks.

The Rams scored four runs in the first inning and then tacked on 10 more in the second. Every Faith batter that stepped to the plate in the second inning scored.

Then the Rams put the finishing touches on the victory by adding one more run in the third for the shutout victory.

Starting pitcher Casey Weston was chased from the mound after 1 1/3 innings of work. Ben Coker then came on in relief of Weston.

Fort Dale seemed to get on track in Game 2 of the twinbill on Saturday.

The Eagles jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Newton scored on a slow rolling single by Phelps. Newton had reached on a single and stole second before he legged out Fort Dale's only run of the game.

Faith then answered in the bottom of the frame where it stayed at a stalemate until the fourth inning.

The Rams then plated seven runs to take the lead for good before adding two more runs in the fifth and one in the sixth.

Newton, who was 2-for-3 at the plate with a run scored, also was the game's starting pitcher and lasted 3 1/3 innings before Caleb Blackburn and Phelps finished the game.

Fort Dale faced Meadowview Christian on Tuesday at Beeland Park, but the results were not available by presstime.