Blue Devils fall to Hurricanes 10-0

Published 9:27 am Monday, February 28, 2011

Blue Devils pitcher TyQuaiz George throws a pitch during the Blue Devils’ opener on Monday.|Photo by Chandler Myers

Escambia County fell to 0-2 on the season with a 10-0 loss to the Flomaton Hurricanes on Tuesday at Tom Byrne Park in Atmore.

The Blue Devils (0-2, 0-0) are still looking to find a rhythm with a young team.

Blue Devils head coach Jason Barnett said Flomaton built an early lead on his team with a big hit.

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“Marshall Rolin started for us and that’s the first time he’s thrown a pitch this spring and he threw a good three innings despite seven runs being scored,” he said. “The way they got up on us was a three-run dinger and a few errors.”

Despite the deficit his team faced, Barnett thinks things could have been different if a call or two had gone their way.

He said a runner being called out changed the complexion of the game.

“We had an opportunity to put a run on the board with Nick (Flowers),” Barnett said. “He got called out on a really close call, but I feel if he scores then the game would have been different.”

Even with the loss, Barnett noted the improvements he saw from his team.

He said that pitching and defense really came around in their second game.

“We improved a lot in this game,” Barnett said. “Our pitching and fielding was much better from Monday. If we continue to improve in those areas, we’ll get a lot better.”

The hitting of his team is also improving, but still has work to be done.

Despite improvement needed at the plate, Barnett said he did note an improvement from last season to this one.

“This time last year against Flomaton we struck out 17 times,” he said. “This year, we have only struck out 11 times in two games. I really can’t wait until that’s down to five times in two games. Our hitting is coming along and that’s always the last thing to come.”

With almost an entire schedule of games left, Barnett said he is ready to see what happens with his team.

“We are getting better and I’m looking forward to the rest of this season,” he said.

The Blue Devils next game is today at noon against T.R. Miller in Poarch.