By JOSH FRYE
News Sports Writer
The Escambia County High School varsity baseball team continues to search for its first win of the season after losing a late lead and falling 13-6 to Elberta on March 7.
The young Blue Devils have struggled during the start of the season to overcome inclement weather and a lack of experience.
“I was extremely happy with the way that we started the game,” Coach Kasuan Bullard said. “We held a 4-3 lead going into the fifth inning but fell off after the fifth.”
Delarrion Poole started on the mound for the Blue Devils. He pitched 4 innings, registering 6 strikeouts while allowing 9 walks.
With a young team, it is often hard to find a groove, and pitching depth is a huge contributing factor to such a team’s success.
“We are going to continue working on pitching depth,” Bullard said. “It is something that is fairly new to the kids and takes time to get in line with. It takes work and time.”
Jabryce Hooks went 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored to help lead the ECHS offense. Poole, Josh Hadley and Jaylyn Lee each had 2 hits and an RBI, while Dimitri Wiggins had 2 hits, walked and scored a run.
The Blue Devils were scheduled to face Excel on March 11, but the game was canceled due to rain.
ECHS will next host W.S. Neal on Thursday, March 14 at 4 p.m. at Tom Byrne Park.