Eagles Drop Key Game

Published 3:43 pm Thursday, April 5, 2012

FARMVILLE – The Prince Edward County High School baseball team wanted to be heading into its final contest prior to spring break with a lot of momentum from a couple of big victories early in the week.

Instead, they'll have to regroup after suffering a Monday afternoon loss to Buckingham in a non-district game that hurt little more than their pride. Tuesday's 10-6 loss to Brunswick was far more devistating.

“Bats, bats, and bats,” said PECHS head coach Michael Weaver. “That's killing us right now.”

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Weaver explained after Monday's loss to Buckingham that while the Eagles were making contact, they were popping the ball up. He reiterated that after Tuesday's loss.

“We've got to get those down,”

When things aren't going well at the plate, it forces teams to do things that go against the book. For Prince Edward that's meant becoming even more aggressive on the bases.

It worked in the bottom of the sixth. Dylan Ott lined a one-out double to the fence, stole third and scored when the pickoff attempt at third zoomed past the defender to bring the Eagles to within three runs at 9-6.

After giving up a run in the top of the seventh to go back down by four, the aggressiveness didn't work to their favor.

Chay Fitts drew a leadoff walk, which was followed by a one-out single by Austin Reames. A double steal moved both into scoring position, and it looked like the Eagles were in business when Brandon Epps managed to earn a walk after falling behind 0-2. However, Fitts was picked off at third before Epps could load the bases and bring CJ McKay to the plate as the potential game-tying run.

“When you're not hitting, you sometimes have to be more aggressive than you normally would,” said Weaver.

With no Southside District tournament in May, the weight put on district games in the league's triple-round-robin schedule makes getting home victories even more important.

“Now, we'll have to put this behind us, win down at Greensville and try to steal one on the road.”