Golden Eagles make it to semifinals
by Lori Tippets
Having made it past the first two rounds in convincing fashion, the Jacksonville Golden Eagles will play Alexandria in the semi-finals of the Calhoun County Tournament. (The game was played on Monday after press time).

Jacksonville’s first opponent was Sacred Heart and after jumping out to a 25-0 first inning lead the Eagles coasted to a resounding 29-0 win…enough said.

On Saturday the Eagles faced Ohatchee in a game played in snow flurries. While the temperature read 37 degrees and said, “feels like 32 degrees,” any of the fans huddled in blankets and around space heaters could have told you that it was just downright cold.

Despite the chill in the weather Jacksonville’s Peyton Sims was hot on the mound. The junior hurler went the distance for the Eagles giving up one run on four hits while striking out seven. Sims was also solid at the plate with a single and double with one RBI.

The Eagles scored three runs in the second, two in the fifth and one in the sixth for the win.

Ohatchee’s lone run came in the top of the seventh inning when a runner who reached base when hit by a pitch scored on an error.

In the second Sid Thurmond reached first for the Eagles on a walk, BJ Murphy hit a single and the first run scored on a passed ball. After a walk was given to Shed Long, Murphy stole home and another run was scored on an infield error.

In the fifth inning singles by Peyton Sims, Jackson Bell and Thurmond resulted in two more runs.

The Eagles scored their final run in the sixth when Tanner Sims hit a double scoring Long who had walked.

At the plate for the Eagles, Peyton Sims led with a single and double, Tanner Sims and Chance Marbut both had doubles and Long, Murphy, Bell and Thurmond all had singles.

The win pitted the No.2 seeded Eagles against the No.3 Cubs in the semi-final game.

Earlier in the week the Eagles (6-1) suffered their first loss of the season when the White Plains Wildcats took game one of a double header with a 5-2 win. The Eagles rebounded in the nightcap winning 3-1.

White Plains scored in the first inning when Peyton Whitten reached on an error and scored on a double by Zach Cunningham.

In the bottom of the second Jacksonville tied things up when, with the bases loaded, Marbut scored a run on a fielder’s choice.

The Wildcats scored two more runs in the third on a double by Caleb Morrow, a single by Jonathon Bradshaw and a single by Miles Masters.

The Eagles cut the White Plains lead to one in the fourth when Bell reached on an error and came home on singles by Murphy and Marbut.

White Plains scored two more runs in the seventh when the Eagles committed two errors, walked one batter and hit two others for the 5-2 White Plains win.

At the plate Murphy was 2-for-3, and Thurmond, Long, Tanner Sims, and Marbut all had hits.

In the nightcap win for the Eagles, Jacksonville got their first run on the board in the third. Tanner Sims hit a double to the left field fence and scored when a hard hit ball by Jared Tippets was mishandled at first base.

The Eagles scored again in the fourth when Kyle Reeves drew a walk and came home on a single by Long.

The Eagles scored their last run in the sixth when Nate Whaley hit a single up the middle and scored on a double by Long.

The Wildcats scored in the seventh inning. Ryan Kirby hit a double and scored on a single by Whitten.

Murphy picked up the win for the Eagles pitching five innings, giving up no runs, one hit, struck out five and walked three. Peyton Sims came on in relief for the Eagles.

Tanner Sims was 2-for-3 at the plate with a double, Long 2-for-4 with a double, and Murphy, Chris Elias, Whaley and Reeves all had singles.
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