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Common words came from the mouths of the players and coaches of Montgomery Academy’s baseball team. The most important and frequent words are “come together,” and “feel good.” That was certainly true for the Eagles in the final area series of the season against Prattville Christian Academy.
The Eagles swept the Panthers 10-3, 9-1 and 8-1. All games were remarkably similar. MA got out to a comfortable lead by hitting well and those on the mound made sure the PCA bats did little. “Yesterday (Thursday) and today we hit the ball very well and our pitchers came up huge. Everything came together,” MA coach Stephen Vosel said.
Winning pitcher in the opening game Thursday was Landon Meadows, who fanned six Panthers over a handful of innings before Charlie Snipes came in for the save. “We came together as a team and we need to stay that way in the playoffs,” Meadows said. “We are better than we were first of year. It took us a while to put things together. I know we are feeling good about things, especially since we have begun to hit well,” Meadows said. The tall lefty and first baseman not only was the winning pitcher opening Thursday but he was 4 for 5 at the plate and drove in a few runs. The personal highlight for Meadows came on Friday when the less than speedy senior stole his first career base. “Yeah, I think it is the first I’ve had. But it was a lot more fun to get these wins. It was all fun,” A laughing Meadows said.
In addition to Meadows, Trey Lindsey, Eric Doh, Jennings Lawson and Snipes had extra base hits in the opening game.
The Eagles pounded PCA in Prattville with hot bats on Thursday and the entire line up was in on the act. The show continued on Friday and came early. In the bottom of the first the Eagles ripped the heart from the Panthers by placing five runs on the board as MA batted around to open up. From there, PCA was a beaten team and it showed with sloppy play in the field. The Panthers committed five errors in the second game of the series. “Everyone hit well and we didn’t play from behind. We were ahead in the counts and got the big lead, just like yesterday, and our pitchers got the job done” designated hitter Lawson said. “Everyone is playing better than the first of the year. Things have come together.”
The pitching was good on the second day when another tall lefty, Cam Holmes took the mound for MA. Holmes was at his best and kept the handcuffs on the Panthers with 11 strikeouts while giving up only four hits. Holmes’ curve ball was taking a nose dive a few feet before reaching the plate and baffled PCA batters. “I tell you Cam said he felt good all game and he sure looked good today. He did a great job. Too bad he didn’t get the shutout,” Vosel said. An Eagles error allowed a PCA run in the top of the seventh inning busting up the shutout.
MA blistered PCA in the final game with Britton Kohn striking out 10 batters in only four innings. Harris Gowan fanned a half dozen in relief with three innings of work. Jack Cleary led the Eagles at the plate with three hits.
The wins on Friday elevated the Eagles to 11-9 on the season and 9-2 in the area. Making the playoffs for first year coach Stephen Vosel produced a good feeling. “It gets a little heat off my shoulders and that is mostly pressure I put on myself. And it feels good that we have a winning record. I’m just glad we took care of business. I can’t say enough about these guys and our coaches,” Vosel said. “I’m thrilled for the guys because they have been fighting all year. They have never given up and turned things around. Things have come together and I feel real good about where we are.”
The Eagles will travel in the first round of the playoffs to face a tough Dadeville team.