Hot hitting propels Eagles to three wins
by Lori Tippets
Jacksonville was hot at the plate this past week belting out hits that led to wins over White Plains, Spring Garden and Haleyville. The Eagles only blemish on the week was a loss to Deshler.

If the Eagles as a team were hot at the plate then sophomore outfielder Sid Thurmond was sizzling, especially in the first two games of the week against White Plains and Spring Garden.

Thurmond put up big numbers going 4-for-5 with two doubles in the Eagles 19-10 win over White Plains. Against Spring Garden Thurmond was equally as impressive going 3-for-4 at the plate to include a double as Jacksonville made use of the 10-run mercy rule beating Spring Garden 13-3 in six innings.

Jacksonville (10-3) lost to Deshler 7-3 on Saturday morning but came back to take a win over Haleyville 10-3 in the afternoon.

The Eagles made use of 17 hits against White Plains for the win. White Plains scored five runs on five hits in the first inning of play but the Eagles countered with three runs in the bottom half of the inning.

In the top of the second it looked like the Wildcats were well on their way to a mercy rule win over the Eagles as they scored four runs on one hit for a 9-3 lead. Wildcat players reached base on two walks and a hit batter.

Jacksonville proved that they too could put up big numbers as the Eagles plated seven runs in the bottom half of the second.

Kyle Reeves started things off for the Eagles with a single. A double by Thurmond scored the first run of the inning and got things rolling.

With the bases loaded following walks to Shed Long and Tanner Sims, Chris Elias hit a booming triple clearing the bases. A single by Jared Tippets scored another run and the Eagles tied up the game on Reeves second single of the inning and went ahead on a single by Payton Sims.

White Plains scored their final run of the game in the third inning to tie up the game at 10-all but in the bottom of the fourth Jacksonville tacked on six more runs on six hits and added three more in the bottom of the fifth for the 19-10 win.

In addition to the heroics at the plate by Thurmond going a very impressive 4-for-5, Elias was 3-for-4 with a triple, Payton Sims went 3-for-5, Long 2-for-3 with a double, Tippets and Reeves were 2-for-4 and Jackson Bell added a triple.

BJ Murphy picked up the win on the mound for the Eagles.

The Eagles had only eight hits against Spring Garden but scored five runs in the first and seven in the fifth on way to the 13-3 win.

Thurmond, who had a double and two singles, was also strong on the mound for the Eagles pitching the first two innings of the game striking out five while giving up only two hits.

Elias came on in relief in the third with the Eagles up 5-0.

A double by Thurmond, a single by Bell and a triple by Tanner Sims aided by a walk and a hit batter gave the Eagles their five runs in the first inning.

Jacksonville sent 13 batters to the plate in the bottom half of the fifth scoring seven runs. Spring Garden pitchers had trouble finding the strike zone walking seven batters and hitting another. Singles by Bell and Thurmond and a triple by Long helped move the runners around the bases.

In addition to Thurmond, Tanner Sims and Long both had triples, Bell had two singles and Payton Sims also had a single.

Runs didn’t come so easily for the Eagles against Deshler as Jacksonville was able to plate only three runners losing 7-3.

Jacksonville scored in the bottom of the first on a single by Payton Sims, and a double by Long. Sims scored when older brother Tanner hit a ball that the Deshler shortstop couldn’t handle.

Deshler scored three runs in the top of the second. Jacksonville answered with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Chance Marbut started the inning off with a single and was moved around on errors and fielder’s choices. Marbut scored on a throwing error.

Deshler had five hits for four runs in the third and a 7-2 lead.

Jacksonville scored its final run in the fifth when Long reached on an error and scored on a single to right by Bell.

The Eagles had only six hits in the game with two of those going to Tanner Sims, a double by Long, and singles by Payton Sims, Bell and Marbut.

Tanner Sims took the loss on the mound for the Eagles pitching three and a third innings giving up five runs.

Bell came on in relief giving up two runs on seven hits.

Jacksonville had a big win over Haleyville Saturday night and it was big in many ways. The Eagles amassed 11 hits and none could have been any bigger than the ones by junior outfielder Lavontae LaCount. Struggling with a batters slump LaCount came out of his batting woes in a big way, going 2-for-3 with a towering homerun over the leftfield fence and a double.

Payton Sims also had a good night at the plate with three singles while senior Jared Tippets went 2-for-3 with a double and Thurmond was also 2-for-3 with a double. Long and Tanner Sims both added doubles.

Murphy started out on the mound for the Eagles going three innings before Elias came in in the fourth to pick up the win.

Haleyville led 3-2 through the fifth when Jacksonville picked up seven runs on four hits to include a single by Payton Sims, a double by Tanner Sims bringing in two runs that gave the Eagles a 5-3 lead; a sacrifice fly by Bell that brought in a run, a single by Tippets scoring a run and the two run homerun by LaCount.

The Eagles finished out their scoring in the bottom of the sixth with a double by Thurmond and a double by Long to score the run.

The Eagles begin area play this week playing at Centre on Tuesday in a 4:30 matchup. The two teams will be in action on Thursday at Jacksonville. Area play is set up in a best-of-three series.

The Eagles will travel to face Oxford on Friday.
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