Devils getting better

Published 5:00 am Wednesday, April 4, 2012

With two wins under their belt, the Escambia County Blue Devils seem to be turning a corner late in the season.

The Blue Devils had a rough go with 15 straight losses to open the season.

Reasons for the losses can be put on one of many things, but the glaring issue that faced the team was youth an inxperience at every position.

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First-year coach Andy Lambert brought good coaching experience to the team, but that can only go so far when so many green players are taking the field each game.

The team really focused on getting defense down early on, and it showed with few errors occurring, but the weakness was sitting at the plate.

Hits were few and far between for the ECHS players, so practice immediately turned to improving how things went at the plate.

Lambert had his team working hard in practice to improve their contact with the baseball, and the work seemed to pay off.

The Blue Devils begin getting runners on base, and finally last Tuesday, secured the team’s first win of the season.

On Saturday, they played a doubleheader and extended their winning streak to two games by winning the first game, but fell just short of earning their third win in the second game of the day.

The two wins prove one thing about this team. That it is headed in the right direction under Lambert’s leadership.

He said he has been telling his team to remain confident and not get down when they fall behind.

The message has proved to work with the players because in their recent games they have fallen behind by four or more runs, but have fought back to make the games competitive.

If Lambert is able to keep this team for the next two or three years, the Blue Devils could be a team that is capable of competing with their area opponents.

For the present, the question is can the Blue Devils squeak out any more wins this season?

With Lambert’s positive teaching and his team’s ability to overcome obstacles the chance for a few more wins is more than a possibility.

Chandler Myers is sports editor of the Atmore Advance. He can be reached at  368-2123 or by e-mail at