Where it stands

Published 12:03 am Thursday, April 5, 2012

Pleasant Home’s Hunter Greathouse makes the tag at home plate during an earlier game this season. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Pleasant Home to face Brantley tonight in area matchup

Pleasant Home’s baseball team is using its area series against Brantley as a measuring stick to see where it stands in the “grand scheme of things,” Eagles coach Cody McCain said.

The Eagles have already clinched a playoff berth with two area wins over McKenzie earlier this season.

PHS is coming off an 11-1 loss to top-ranked Brantley on Tuesday night. The Eagles host the Bulldogs today at 4:30 in a single game.

“We went into this series against Brantley, and we’re just looking to see where we’re at,” McCain said. “We won five out of the six going into this week’s game.”

Pleasant Home is currently on spring break, and the games this week has given McCain a good idea of where the Eagles stand.

“They pitch really well,” he said of Brantley. “All nine hit really well. There’s not a real weakness on their team.

“I’d be really shocked when it gets deep in the playoffs, that they’re not in Montgomery,” he said.

In the loss against Brantley on Tuesday, the Eagles started off on the right track with a lead-off hit by Hunter Weaver. He then moved over to second base with no outs.

“We weren’t able to get him around,” McCain said. “Then, they were able to get four runs in the bottom of the first inning.

“When we got back around to batting again, Weaver got a triple,” he said. “We weren’t able to get him across.”

After the game, McCain said he reminded his players to just come out and compete today.

“I feel like we competed pretty well (Tuesday),” he said. “If you come out and compete and put the ball in play, you really never know what could happen.”

Additionally, Pleasant Home’s Corey Self got his first RBI of the season in the loss to the Bulldogs.

There is a report of rain in today’s forecast. If the game is canceled, it will be made up on Monday.