Eagles nab win against Martinsville

Staff report

The Eagles faced off against Halifax County for their third home game of the season April 4, falling to the Comets 14-1 with Seniors Seth Pruitt and Billy Smith earning hits.

Pushing forward in a rebuilding year, the team lost seven seniors from their 2018 starting lineup, with only five students returning for the 2019 season.

“We have speed on our side and we have heart but we need to improve defense wise and at bat,” Senior Seth Pruitt said. “We keep working and we keep practicing, trying new things, but we need more players as well.”

Coach for the 2019 season is Herb Williams, who served as assistant coach to the Eagles last year.

For their first game of the season, the Eagles battled Chatham away March 12, falling 19-1 to the Cavaliers. The match-up was followed by a loss at home against Dan River 19-0 and then an away loss against E.C. Glass 20-1.

For their fourth game of the season, the Eagles faced off against Martinsville, taking home a win, with a final score of 5-2 March 19 against the Bulldogs.

“We didn’t make as many errors, which helped us and we had been doing a lot of batting practice, which helped as well,” Senior Billy Smith said. “We have a lot of work to do, helping people understand the game and how it is played, but we improve with each game.”

The Eagles battled Magna Vista away March 20 and fell 20-0 before facing off against Patrick County on April 2, losing the away match 24-1.

“Schools like Tunstall, Chatham and Halifax have 60-70 students try out for their teams and they have feeder programs that build into the team so they can pick and choose who they want, which makes a huge difference,” Pruitt explained. “We hope to build our team. We fielded better than we had against any other team during the year against Halifax; they just have an excellent team. They beat Tunstall 14-4 and Tunstall has a good team.”

While the team works to get runs on the board, their team work is stronger than ever, with Pruitt listing good communication as its biggest strength.

“We are improving a lot as the season continues, with fielding and batting practice,” Pruitt said. “When we have fun, , like at practice and we have good communication. It is kind of hard though not to get frustrated when you are getting slaughtered.”

With 12 games left the team will next face Franklin County on April 8.