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EA swept in MCA tourney

By By ROBERT BLANKENSHIP
Advance Managing Editor
The Escambia Academy Cougars got in a few games over spring break as they traveled to Mobile to play in the Mobile Christian Academy baseball tournament.
The Cougars played three games in one day during the tournament but were unable to post a victory.
Their first game was a 9-2 defeat at the hands of Lee Scott Academy.
LSA took a 1-0 lead in the first and then added four more runs in the top of the third.
Down 7-0, the Cougars battled back to score two runs in the bottom of the fourth. But, Lee Scott added two more runs over the final three innings to secure the first-round victory.
Leading hitters for the Cougars were Josh Davis, who went one for two, Rob Mosley, one for two, Brian Adair, one for two and Michael Cannon, one for two.
Mosley pitched a complete game despite earning the loss. He struck out eight LSA batters.
The second game was one of defense as neither team was able to light up the scoreboard. However, Bessemer Academy scraped two runs together for the victory as EA was shutout, 2-0.
Bessemer Academy scored a run in the fourth and another in the sixth.
Davis once again led the Cougars at the plate as he went one for three. Michael Cannon also went one for three in the game.
Tripp Dawson pitched a strong game for the Cougars, but suffered the loss. He struck out five batters.
In the final game of the tournament, the Cougars faced a more familiar foe – Mobile Christian Academy.
Trouble in the second inning for EA led to their third defeat of the day.
MCA scored one run in the top of the inning and EA matched it in the bottom half of the inning.
In the second, Mobile Christian got hot and a three-run homer highlighted a four-run inning that gave them a 5-1 advantage.
They added two more runs in the top of the fourth to make the score 7-1.
The Cougars did not score again until the sixth when they brought one runner around to make the score 7-2.
Leading hitters for the Cougars were Nick Jackson, who went two for four, Bradford Price, one for three, and Davis, who went one for four.
B. Adair got the start on the mound for the Cougars and pitched one and two-thirds innings. He struck out two batters before being pulled in the second with two men on base. He was relieved by his younger brother, Kevin Adair, who gave up the homerun in that inning. Kevin struck out two batters and pitched the remainder of the ballgame.
The Cougars' overall record sits at 3-8.
They will travel to South Montgomery Christian Academy on Friday with the first pitch scheduled to be thrown at 3:30 p.m. On Saturday, they will travel to Cottage Hill for a 1 p.m. start.