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EA girls split against Morgan Academy

Escambia Acacdemy’s Ashlyn Glick connects on a pitch Saturday. | Andrew Garner/Atmore Advance

Escambia Acacdemy’s Ashlyn Glick connects on a pitch Saturday. | Andrew Garner/Atmore Advance

Escambia Academy’s softball team split in region action against Morgan Academy on Saturday.

The Lady Cougars fought back from an early deficit to win game one, 4-1, but fell in the second game 12-10 in extra innings.

EA softball coach Annie DuBroc said the girls played real well.

“They played fantastic,” DuBroc said.

DuBroc said the girls can win any game this season if they come to play.

“There are just days when they’re on and there are days when they’re off,” she said. “When they come out here wanting it, they want it. They can beat anybody out there.

“When they’re off, and they’re having a tough day, we struggle. We’re young. That’s what gets us.”

Escambia Academy 4, Morgan Academy 1

The Lady Cougars scored four runs in the fourth inning and held out in the top of the fifth inning when the game concluded.

Raeven Ramer and Cassidy Murphy went 2-for-2 each; Victoria Sawyer went 2-for-3; and Ashlyn Glick scored a run to lead EA. Ramer hit a double in the win.

DuBroc said it was a combination of good hitting and base running that enabled the girls to score those needed runs.

“We have fantastic base running, but our biggest issue is when we go up to hit, we hit it right to somebody,” she said. “We got the hits to where they were supposed to go.”

Morgan Academy 12, Escambia Academy 10 (7 innings)

With the bases loaded and no outs, the Lady Cougars couldn’t get a run across in the bottom of the sixth inning.

EA popped up for the first out, but the base runner didn’t tag. To end the inning, MA got a double play on a catch in left field to third base for a tag.

DuBroc said the lack of knowledge on what to do in the situation was what led to the loss.

“To be honest, it’s the inconsistency of having a coach,” she said. “Escambia has gone through coach after coach the last couple of years, and it’s just having the inconsistency of somebody being in there telling somebody what to do.”

The Lady Cougars had a 4-0 lead in the second inning, but lost it in the third. EA trailed 8-5 in the top of the fourth.

Later in the game, Mary Thompson Lancaster ripped an RBI double to score Murphy to cut the lead to 10-6, and then later scored on a passed ball.

In the fifth, Sawyer scored on a passed ball and Carson Barnett hit a two-run single to tie the game at 10-10.

Barnett went 4-for-5 to lead EA.