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By Will Nations
Good starts are crucial with any season, and Hebron Christianâ€™s baseball team is heading in the right direction to win its district and have another regular season that goes into the postseason on the diamond.
After an extended basketball season, which the hardwood Eagles made the MAIS Class-A State tournament in February, time spent on the baseball diamond has been sparse. Though battling the elements and limited preparation, Hebron has not skipped a beat.
â€śI think the season has gone about like we thought it would,â€ť Hebron Coach Cass Tapley said. â€śWith basketball being so well, we got started late. We have had to get into game shape quickly.â€ť
Success has been attainable with wins, but the Eagles are still waiting for a complete game.
In an inter-association contest against Victory Christian (a member of the Alabama Christian Education Association), the Eagles struggled to hit the ball well, collecting only four hits. However, great pitching kept Victory in check as Hebron grabbed a 2-1 decision Monday in Pheba. The Eagles threw three hurlers in the non-district win.
â€śOne problem we do have, and we expected it, is a stable full of limited pitchers,â€ť Tapley said. â€śWe have kept everyone on a strict pitch count and two or three innings out of our pitchers â€¦ We will probably have to wait till the playoffs before we get five, six, seven innings out of one of them.â€ť
Hebronâ€™s offense seemed to come around as it erupted in its second District 3-A game with a 15-4 victory over Central Academy Tuesday in Macon. The Eagle batters scattered 12 hits and run ruled the Vikings in the fifth inning. Channing Tapley and Payton Griffin collected multiple hits.
â€śHitting will continue to come around as we go deeper in the season,â€ť Tapley said.
One standout for Hebron has been junior Drew Myatt â€” both on the mound and in the batterâ€™s box.
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