|Edgewood, Stanhope begin baseball season|
|Written by News Desk|
|Friday, 28 February 2014 17:00|
Edgewood’s Hunter Glenn drove in 3 runs for the Wildcats in their 11-7 win over Hooper Academy last week.
Photo: Art Parker
Edgewood starts fast, then slows down
The Edgewood Academy Wildcats, with 5 consecutive state baseball titles to defend, opened their 2014 season last week. The Wildcats started off with immediate success but dropped a pair of games on Saturday in their first contests before hometown fans.
Edgewood began the season by defeating Pike Liberal Arts 10-4 while playing at the Troy University Baseball Stadium. W.B. Hill led the Wildcats with a pair of hits and a total of 7 Wildcats hit safely in the season opener. Chase Laney was the winning pitcher. The Wildcats then defeated Hooper Academy at Hope Hull, 11-7. Hunter Glenn had the hot bat for the Wildcats driving in 3 runs. Hill and Heath Young also delivered needed hits in the victory. Edgewood then traveled to Macon-East and defeated the Knights with ease, 12-1. The biggest blow delivered by the Wildcats was in the fourth inning when Christian Smith smacked a 2-run double, followed by a 2-run single by Taylor Hawthorne. David Cayton followed that with an RBI double. Hunter Elliot was the pitcher of record for the Wildcats allowing only a pair of hits in 4 innings of work. "One of the things I liked in the first few games was the big inning. You don't get frequent chances in baseball and when opportunity comes your way you got to take advantage of it," Wildcats head coach Bobby Carr said. "When you get guys on base you got to move them over and get them home. When you do that you win games."
The unbeaten streak came to an end on Saturday when Tuscaloosa Academy (TA) came to Edgewood for a doubleheader. Edgewood was playing as expected in the first game until the sixth inning. Laney was on the mound, surrendering only 2 hits to that point, when everything went south. Mistakes and errors by the Wildcats opened the floodgates and TA walked on in resulting in an 11-3 loss. The Wildcats could not rebound and also lost the second game 3-2.
Edgewood stands at 3-2 at the end of last week. "We are fine. Last year at this point we were 2-2 and we won the next 41 of 42 games. The season is young," Carr said. "We've played well until this point with a few mistakes that costs us the games we lost. We've only played a week and we didn't have a lot of time to practice before the start of the season. We should experience steady improvement from here out."
Mustangs bats generally hot, but outscored in four games
Mustangs’ pitcher Andrew Casey fields a bunt and throws a runner out at first against Marbury.
Photo: Art Parker
Stanhope Elmore began its baseball season with a very active week playing its first 4 games on the road before coming home Saturday for a round robin double header. The Mustangs traveled to Auburn to start the season against the always tough Auburn Tigers. The Mustangs won the first game, a contest filled with enough offensive display to generate a football type score of 13-12. The two teams showed no mercy for pitchers as they brought in the season with a combined 35 hits in 7 innings. The lead changed hands 6 times and the Mustangs took command in the seventh when a single by Blaine Milam brought home Noah Eller and Dylan Sexton. Andrew Casey slapped a solo home run in the game.
The Mustangs dropped the second game before heading home Andalusia for the next double header.
Stanhope and Andalusia swapped the lead 5 times in the First of a twin bill before the Mustangs claimed a 7-5 victory. Matt Wickham was 2 for 2 on the day driving in a run and scoring another. A ground out by Chance Kessinger in the fifth inning delivered the winning blow as Casey crossed the plate in the process.
The second game between the Mustangs and Andalusia looked like the first game in Auburn.
The Mustangs collected a total of 16 hits in the second game with Sexton notching 3 of the total. Masoan Mollus helped the Mustangs narrow the gap in the sixth inning by driving in a run but it wasn't enough as the Mustangs fell 16-12.
The Mustangs dropped both games at home on Saturday. The first loss came at the hands of Marbury in extra innings. Chase Gill and Chance Kessinger brought home the runs for the Mustangs but the Bulldogs were slightly better winning 4-3.
Charles Henderson of Troy came next and a hot pitcher for the Trojans handcuffed the Mustangs. Stanhope could only score one run and a total of 7 Mustangs fanned in the 7-1 loss.
The Mustangs stand at 2-4 for the season. "It was a busy week and its like the first few weeks always are, a learning experience. For the most part we swung the bats well and piled up some base hits, and that was good to see," Mustangs head coach Scott Johnson said. "Of course we made our share of mistakes and much of that is to be expected early in the season."
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