Spring break yielded little rest for the Appling Christian Academy baseball team this past week. Their first series began at eleven o’clock on Monday morning. The matchup featured a double header with the Crusaders of Faith Baptist from Ludiwici. The Eagles of ACA had two very good offensive games with the bats coming alive up and down the order. The pitching was also outstanding. Rex Cox would pick up the first win with out yielding a run and allowing only one hit as the mercy run was applied in a four-inning contest.
The second game of this series ended much the same as the first with lots of Eagle offense and great Eagle pitching. Bryce Livingston picked up the win in game two giving up no hits and no runs over the three-inning game.
Friday afternoon the Eagles were back in action again facing region opponent Peoples Baptist Academy of McDonough at Eagle Field. This too was a double header due to the rescheduling of a rain out earlier in the season. Bryce Livingston would again get the start and the win for the ACA Eagles pitching the complete game. This would prove to be the closest game of the week for the Eagles. The final score was four to zero.
In game two of the series with the People’s Christian Knight the Eagle offense would once again return. In order to preserve pitching for the next day’s games four pitchers were employed by the Eagles. Rex Cox was the game’s starter. Andrew Phillips would come on in relief and pick up the win. Next Zach Carter would take the mound for the Eagles and Daniel Beasley would enter to close the game out. The combined effort from the Eagles would result in an 11 to 2 win.
Play for the week concluded on Saturday in a doubleheader match up against non-region opponent Skipstone Academy. These games were played in McDonough starting at noon. Game one started slow for the Eagles who only scored two runs over the first two innings of play. Brandon Horton started game at pitcher and Corey Reagin took the mound in relief and they held the Skipstone Warrior bats at bay until the ACA bats would come alive in the third inning. The Eagle offense and defense would continue the push until the game ended in the fifth inning with the mercy rule applied. Corey Reagin would be credited with the win.
The second game of the day and the final game of the week would again see the Eagle team send a host of pitchers to the mound Andrew Phillips got the start and was followed by Rex Cox who would pick up the win. Cox was followed by Bryant Phillips who pitched the last innings allowing only one run on one hit and preserving the win.
To sum up the week of play, it was grueling. The Eagles record improves to 12-2 and 5-1 in region play. Over the six games there was a lot of hitting and scoring for the Eagle offense. The leaders in Batting average over the series are Bryant Phillips(750), Andrew Phillips(714), Bryce Livingston(533), Daniel Beasley(533). In runs scored the leaders are Bryce Livingston(14), Andrew Phillips(13), Rex Cox(10). RBI leaders were Bryant Phillips(10), Daniel Beasley(9), Zach Carter(9), four of Carter’s RBI coming on a grand slam that broke open game two on Friday. The pitching was great over the six game series with eight pitchers going for the Eagles and allowing only six runs over the six games.