Wildcats handle trio of Florida squads

Published 4:33pm Friday, March 29, 2013

Edgewood Academy, which fell to No. 2 in the most recent Alabama Sports Writers poll, added a handful of wins and a little sunburn after a recent sprint through Florida.
The Wildcats, 28-3 in the midst of a 25-plus game winning streak, handled Pine Forest (15-3 and 13-1), Gulf Breeze (9-8 and 18-4) and West Florida (6-5 and 13-4).
“Our kids know we can play with anybody and this shows it,” said Bobby Carr, coach of the Wildcats.
“It doesn’t matter the size of the school. All we hear is that Edgewood is just an AISA school that doesn’t play anybody. I think we’ve proven that wrong by playing teams from Florida and from Georgia.”
The Wildcats are currently No. 1 in the state according to USA Today High School Baseball Super 25, ahead of Thompson (No. 2) and Smiths Station (No. 3).
“It’s good for our guys to see teams from different states,” said Carr. “You want to go out and play the best. That’s how you get better.”
They will have a chance to turn heads in state April 2 as the Wildcats host No. 4 Glenwood at Alabama State.
Edgewood, a Class A school in AISA, is only scheduled to play their two area opponents during the 2013 season.
“We only play the two Class A teams that we have to play,” said Carr. “We want to play the bigger schools. When there’s 15 scouts at your ballpark, I think that says a lot about what you are doing.”
A majority of the scouts hovering around the Edgewood baseball team have been eyeing Alabama State signee Rod Boykin.
Boykin was a combined 8-for-11 during the beach trip with two home runs, three triples, four RBIs and 11 runs scored.
The Wildcats are batting .383 as a team through 28 games. In Pensacola, Edgewood was led by a host of Wildcats.
In their 15-3 win over Gulf Breeze, the Wildcats batted .463 and rattled off 19 hits highlighted by home runs from Boykin and Dylan Ingram (Mississippi State).
Ingram also drove in four runs and was joined by Boykin, Will Camp and Taylor Hawthorne in having a multiple RBI outing.
Gulf Breeze threatened to end Edgewood’s tear carrying an 8-2 lead into the seventh.
But, “Big-Inning” Edgewood went to work and rattled off seven runs, despite batting an anemic .208.
“I thought they had us beat,” said Carr. “But this bunch battled back.”
The Wildcats began chipping away at the lead as Boykin and Daniel Green had run-scoring sacrifice flies. Hunter Glenn and Camp also had the squad’s only extra-base hits in the win.
John Mark Cosby toed the rubber in relief of freshman Christian Smith and walked away with the win after 2.2 innings of work.
The Wildcats did their damage in the first, second and sixth against West Florida, but had to hang on for the 6-5 victory.
Cosby and B.J. Johnson were the squad’s top hitters.
Trey Gothard came on in relief of Cosby and pitched four innings to seal the victory.

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