Fort Dale#039;s rally comes up short, falls 7-6

Published 12:00 am Monday, March 20, 2006

Fort Dale dropped its fourth game in a row Tuesday after the Eagles left the tying run stranded on first base in the seventh in a 7-6 loss to Meadowview Christian at Beeland Park.

Meadowview jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning and added another run in the third before Fort Dale plated its first.

The Eagles battled back by scoring three runs in the third, a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth to knot the game.

Meadowview then scored two unearned runs in the sixth for what turned out to be the game-tying and game-winning run.

&#8220We are playing real tight right now,” Fort Dale coach Clint Lowery said. &#8220So are so worried about making a play that we don't make a play.”

Blake Mullins, who took the loss on the mound for Fort Dale, lasted 5 2/3 innings. He gave up five hits, five earned runs and four walks, while striking out eight.

The Eagle offense was not clicking on all cylinders, either.

Brady Newton, Casey Weston, Andrew Phelps, Adam Vickery, Cory Johnson and Davis Watts each had a hit.

Newton was the only Fort Dale player to have an extra-base hit with a double, while

Johnson and Watts each had a RBI.

&#8220It's not that we aren't trying, but things are just not happening,” Lowery said. &#8220We try hard and practice hard, but when it comes to game time we don't play very well. We need a couple breaks.

&#8220But we will definitely be better later in the season than we are right now.”

Fort Dale opened area play Friday afternoon at Hooper Academy before heading to Montgomery's Riverwalk Stadium to face Morgan and Lowndes academies. Fort Dale is scheduled to play Morgan at noon and Lowndes at 2 p.m.