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Edgewood cruises in baseball’s second week
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Saturday, 15 March 2014 16:07

3-6hawthorneTaylor Hawthorne had a monster week for the Wildcats that included 3 home runs. 

Photo: Art Parker

By ART PARKER

Edgewood Academy survived a close call in the first game of the week when the Wildcats slipped past Lowndes Academy 6-5. But after that the Wildcats pretty much had their own way with their foes. Hunter Glenn continued to swing the bat well and delivered a pair of extra base hits and RBI to lead the charge against Lowndes. Caleb Sullivan started for the Wildcats and gave up only one hit in nearly 4 innings of work.

The Wildcats traveled to Autauga Academy next and the team leader, Taylor Hawthorne, popped 2 home runs in the 9-1 victory. The Wildcats scored 6 runs in the first three innings. Christian Smith added some more fireworks early in the game with a 2 run double. David Cayton added 3 hits for the Wildcats. Chase Laney was tremendous on the mound surrendering only one hit in 5 innings of work.

Edgewood played the next 4 games in Selma at a big "Round Robin" event hosted by Morgan Academy. The Wildcats exhibited an all-around effort in defeating Marengo Academy 7-0. Smith was a perfect 3 for 3 at the plate and pitched 6 innings of scoreless ball and fanned 6 Longhorns. Heath Young and W.B. Hill collected a pair of hits each.

The Wildcats faced Monroe Academy and handed that foe a 7-3 defeat. Once again it was Hawthorne, who knocked in 3 runs, which included a home run in the fourth inning. Glenn slapped an RBI triple in the same inning. Young took the honors on the mound by fanning 5 batters and giving up 6 hits in nearly 6 innings of work. Laney picked up the save.

Next up for the Wildcats was South Choctaw Academy. Edgewood had no trouble in defeated its opponent, 12-3. The Wildcats scored a handful of runs in the sixth inning on an RBI single by Jon Johnson, a sacrifice fly by Hawthorne, a two-run double by Young. Cayton also swung a hot bat going 2-4. Hunter Elliott recorded the win and allowed only three runs with 5 innings on the hill.

The Wildcats had to work a little harder against Clarke Prep but they got the job done by a score of 4-2. Once again, it was Hawthorne to pull the heavy weight. The senior drove home 2 of Edgewood's runs including a triple in the fifth inning. On the mound, Hawthorne gave up just one hit, allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out four during his 1 2/3 innings of work. But the winning pitcher was Caleb Sullivan, who was the top hurler for the Wildcats during the week.

Edgewood was undefeated for the week with 6 wins and extended its 2014 record to 9-2.

"A good week. We hit the ball well and pitched well. I am encouraged to see so many of our younger players contribute. That always sends bright message for the future," Edgewood coach Bobby Carr said.

Last Updated on Saturday, 15 March 2014 16:09
 
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