By JOSH FRYE
Despite last week’s wet field conditions and schedule changes, EA’s Cameron Cloud, Randall Bonds and Bryant Quimby helped pave the way for a 7-2 defeat over Northview High on March 6.
Cloud, the starting pitcher, struck out five and gave up three hits and one run during three innings on the mound. Bonds relieved Cloud midway into the game and gained the same numbers as Cloud during his three innings. Quimby pitched the final inning, closing with one walk and one strikeout.
Quimby also went 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBI. Davis led the Cougars at bat, going 2-for-3 with three RBI.
Last Saturday, March 7, the Cougars finally met foe Clarke Prep School after having their previously scheduled contest rained out.
Despite the changes to the game schedule and weather, the Cougars braved the wet, muddy field for some much-needed practice time last Thursday.
While other teams enjoyed the night off, EA head coach Mike Sims yelled at his team and the clinking of ball hitting bat could be heard at the EA field as his team worked in wet, muddy conditions, looking to improve before meeting their next opponent.
The muddy uniforms proved to be worth it as the Cougars split Saturday’s double-header against Clarke Prep.
EA won the first contest 13-8 but dropped the second by a 4-0 tally.
Davis started on the mound for the Cougars during Saturday’s win, pitching six innings and striking out seven batters, while giving up three earned runs and seven hits.
Chase Bell gave Davis a rest during the last inning. He gave up only one hit and struck out a batter. Davis also made a presence at bat, going 3-for-4 with a homerun and three RBI.
J.J. Stevens added to Davis’s batting performance, going 2-for-3 with one homerun and two RBI.
Bonds went 1-for-3 with two RBI’s.
Despite the one-sided first-game performance, Clarke Prep silenced the Cougars during the second meeting of the day.
Stevens started on the mound for the Cougars, giving up three hits and striking out five in five innings. Quimby took over during the sixth inning and gave up no hits while striking out two.
Davis went 2-for-2 at bat, Quimby was 1-for-3 and Bell went 1-for-3 with a stolen base.
The Cougars will meet Sparta Academy this Thursday, March 12, at 4 p.m. before getting a week off due to spring break.
The next scheduled game for the Cougars, upon their return from the break, is scheduled for Monday, March 23, against Marianna.