Escambia Academy Cougars beat CCS 11-7

Published 9:48 pm Thursday, March 24, 2011

EA Cougar Keaton Maher takes a big cut at a pitch during the Cougars' win over Sparta on March 15.|Photo by AJ Beachy

Escambia Academy improved their record to 7-4 on Tuesday with an 11-7 win over the Central Christian Saints Tuesday afternoon in Canoe.

The Cougars (7-4, 2-1) extended their winning streak to five games with the win over the Saints making them 5-0 since Heath Gibson took over as head coach.

The Cougars trailed for the first three innings, but mounted a come back in the fourth and fifth innings and put the game away in the bottom of the sixth.

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The Saints opened the game with a four-run first inning as Agneus, Ledbetter, Davis and Parker all scored runs putting Central Christian on top 4-0.

The Cougars were able to cut the deficit to three runs in the bottom of the inning as Reid Bell (0-for-2, BB, R) reached base on a walk and was knocked in by Hunter Bates’ (2-for-3, 1B, RBI, R) RBI-single.

Escambia Academy’s defense led by Bell on the mound held the Saints scoreless in the top-half of the second inning and added two more runs of their own in the bottom.

Brian Ross (2-for-4, 2B, 2 R) led off the inning with a double, which was followed by Jacob Fields (2-for-4, 1B, 2R) ripping a single. Ross and Fields were both knocked in b Chason Roley’s (1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI) two-run double putting the score at 4-3.

The Cougars continued to hold the Saints scoreless in the third and fourth innings and pushed past Central in the bottom of the fourth with two runs.

Ross led off the inning with a single and was followed on base by Hadley with both scoring runs to put EA on top of Central 5-4.

In the fifth inning, the Cougars again put runs on the scoreboard with Bates, Keaton Maher (2-for-3, 2B, 2 R), Ryan Linam (2-for-4, 2B, R) and Fields all crossing the plate putting the score at 9-4.

The Saints added a run to their score in the top of the sixth with Parker scoring his second run of the game, but the Cougars responded in the bottom of the inning with Bell and Maher scoring their second runs of the game to give EA an 11-5 lead.

The Saints made one final push in the final inning, but could only get two runs as Agneus and Ledbetter touched home plate before the Cougars got the final three outs to record the win.