EA advances to 2nd round

Published 7:17 pm Saturday, April 24, 2021

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Cougars beat South Choctaw 16-3 in 5 innings

Escambia Academy’s Jacob Lee and Caleb Davis hit one three-run homerun each in the second inning and the Cougars defeated South Choctaw 16-3 today in the first round of the AISA Class 2A state playoffs.

Lee and Davis went 2-for-3 each at the plate in the win.

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On the mound, Lee pitched a complete game, 5.0 innings, allowing three runs on four hits, striking out four, walking two and hitting one batter.

With the victory, EA advances to the second round, where it’ll face Edgewood next Thurs., April 29, in a best-of-three series. Tentative game times have been set for 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

“I’m just proud that our guys showed up. They always do,” EA baseball coach Mike Sims said. “I have never had a problem with our effort. We’re still learning things about baseball. As a coach, our athleticism and our hustle are what keeps us in games.”

The third-game victory came less than 12 hours after falling 9-1 in game two to SCA.

Sims said in the second game, Parker Robinson pitched a solid game, but errors proved costly.

“The score wasn’t an indication of that (Robinson’s performance),” he said. “We just had seven errors. I’m proud of the way the guys showed up, and today it paid off big.”
In today’s victory, the Cougars (20-12-1) got off to a rocking start in the first inning after Robinson put bat on ball with a hit.