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Blue Devils sweep Jaguars

Escambia County swept Hillcrest-Evergreen 5-1, 5-0 in a regular-season doubleheader last Friday night.

The Blue Devils put on a base-running clinic in each of the wins during senior night.

“We got our base running in tonight,” ECHS baseball coach Kenny Lindsey said. “The senior class we have; this is the senior class that’s building this program at Escambia County High School.”

The seniors include Carlos McNeil, Devante Dailey, Emmanuel Etheridge, Jeffrey Feely, Marlon Lee and Rashaan Flavors.

Lindsey said during the season, the team didn’t get some wins it should’ve gotten.

“We lost some games we feel we should’ve won,” he said.

The Blue Devils clinched a berth in the AHSAA’s Class 5A state playoffs recently, and will face Faith Academy in Mobile on Friday in the first round. The series is best two-of-three games with the third game slated for Saturday, if it’s necessary.

Lindsey said getting the twins over HHS was nice as it will help carry momentum into the playoffs.

While making the playoffs is a great honor, the team wouldn’t have made if it weren’t for Lindsey’s assistant coaches, Bradley Lowery and Keith Lisenby.

“Their knowledge that they brought to the game and wisdom has really helped this team get where we want to get,” he said. “It’s been a very enjoyable year with them on the coaching staff.”

ECHS 5, Hillcrest-Evergreen 1

(Game 1)

The Blue Devils scored one run in the first and four in the third inning.

McNeil went 2-for-3 to lead ECHS. Robinson went 1-for-2; Austin Jackson and Dailey had one hit each.

Dailey went the distance in five innings, striking out four and allowed one run on one hit.

ECHS 5, Hillcrest-Evergreen 0

(Game 2)

McNeil went 2-for-4; Robinson went 2-for-2 with a triple; Dailey went 2-for-2; JaBryce Hooks went 1-for-2 with a run and a double; Jackson went 1-for-2 with a double; and Deavontae Johnson went 1-for-2 with a run.