Eagles go 3-1 in tourney
by Lori Tippets
Playing in the Brady Munroe Memorial Tournament over Spring Break, the Golden Eagles came out cold in the not so Spring-like temperatures taking a 6-0 loss at the hands of Piedmont.

The Golden Eagles out hit the Bulldogs 5-4 but committed five errors in allowing Piedmont the win.

Cade Bradley pitched an excellent game for Piedmont striking out six and giving up only two walks.

Shed Long pitched equally as well for the Eagles giving up three hits and one walk while striking out six in five innings. Long gave up only one earned run.

Sid Thurmond had a double for the Eagles while Payton Sims, Long, Jackson Bell and Lavontae LaCount all had one hit.

The bats came alive for the Eagles on day two of the tournament as Jacksonville recorded 12 hits in a 17-2 rout of Saks and 11 hits in a 12-2 win over Priceville.

Jacksonville plated 12 runs in the fifth inning against Saks led by senior Jared Tippets two-run homerun over the left field fence at Heflin. Tippets ended 2-for-3 for the day with three RBI.

Also hitting well for the Eagles was Tanner Sims who ended 2-for-3 with a double, Thurmond, 2-for-4 with a double, Jackson Bell, 2-for-3, Chance Marbut 2-for-4, and LaCount and Andrew Clingan both had singles.

Tanner Sims was on the mound for Jacksonville and picked up the win. Sims allowed only six hits while striking out six in five innings.

The Eagles continued their hot hitting with 11 hits in a 12-2 win over Priceville.

Marbut was tops at the plate for Jacksonville going 3-for-3 with a double, Tanner Sims was 3-for-4, Payton Sims 2-for-2, and Thurmond, Long and Bell all had hits.

Jackson Bell was the winning pitcher for the Golden Eagles giving up seven hits in the win.

In the last game of the tournament for Jacksonville, the Eagles overcame a 5-0 deficit to beat Weaver 15-5.

The Eagles had 13 hits, all singles with the exception of a double by Tippets.

BJ Murphy was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate, Long and Marbut were 3-for-4 with Long getting four RBI to his credit, and Tanner and Payton Sims and Bell all had singles.

Murphy pitched a complete game allowing eight hits while striking out five.

The Eagles return to area action this week against Hokes Bluff. Jacksonville will host game one on Tuesday at 4:30 and will travel to take on Hokes Bluff in game two and three, if necessary, on Thursday.

The Eagles will finish out the week at home against Weaver on Friday.
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