Eagles fall to Cubs, take two from Etowah
by Lori Tippets
The Jacksonville Golden Eagles were eliminated from the Calhoun County baseball tournament by a come from behind win by the Alexandria Valley Cubs, eventual tournament winner, but rebounded on Friday night as they swept a double-header with Etowah.

In the semi-final game of the tournament, Jacksonville held a 5-2 lead over the Cubs at the end of two innings of play, but Alexandria capitalized on three Eagle errors and two hits in the sixth to win the game 6-5.

The Eagles erupted for five runs in the bottom of the first inning to jump out to the 5-0 lead. Payton Sims, Sid Thurmond and Shed Long all hit for singles and Tanner Sims blasted a triple. Jackson Bell sacrificed to score another run and Chance Marbut ended the scoring with a single to right.

The Eagles managed only three hits the rest of the game.

Peyton Sims and Shed Long were both named to the All-Tournament team.

Jacksonville let a 4-1 lead against Etowah in the first game slip away as Etowah scored four runs in the fifth to take a 6-4 lead over the Eagles. Long tied up the game and sent it into extra innings in the bottom of the seventh with a two-run shot over the right field fence.

The game remained deadlocked into the bottom of the ninth. Etowah put the first two batters on, Thurmond, who was hit by a pitch and Long who drew a walk. A single by Bell loaded the bases for Tanner Sims who hit the ball into right field for the 8-7 win.

Peyton Sims picked up the win on the mound.

Leading the Eagles at the plate was Shed Long, homerun and two singles, Andrew Clingan, double, and Thurmond, Peyton and Tanner Sims, Chris Elias and Bell with singles.

The Eagles made it easier on themselves the second game of the doubleheader beating Etowah 9-2. Elias was on the mound for the win for Jacksonville.

The Eagles scored two runs in the first when Thurmond hit for a double up the middle then scored on a triple by Long. A single by Elias brought in Long for the 2-0 lead.

Etowah tied things up in the top of the second but were held to only two points in the game.

Long, on fire at the plate during the doubleheader, doubled in the third scoring another run.

The Eagles picked up two more runs in the fourth on a single by Marbut, and a double by Jared Tippets.

With the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth the Eagles hit into a double play but managed to score another run.

Jacksonville scored three more runs in the sixth on a double by Thurmond scoring two runs, a single by Long and a single by Bell.

The Eagles will travel to White Plains today for a doubleheader.
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