Taylor Hawthonre closed out the Wildcats’ 15-5 win over No. 1 Tuscaloosa Academy Monday. The Wildcats defeated the Knights and the Cornerstone Chargers in a one-day road trip to improve to 32-3 on the year. Photo by Griffin Pritchard
Taylor Hawthonre closed out the Wildcats’ 15-5 win over No. 1 Tuscaloosa Academy Monday. The Wildcats defeated the Knights and the Cornerstone Chargers in a one-day road trip to improve to 32-3 on the year. Photo by Griffin Pritchard

EA downs Chargers, Knights in same-day road trip

Published 9:45am Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Edgewood Academy, looking to change the opinion of the state sports writers, took their show on the road Monday afternoon, defeating Cornerstone 17-1 in Columbiana and top-ranked Tuscaloosa Academy 15-5 in Tuscaloosa.
“We had a region game against Cornerstone that had to be made up and then we drove to Tuscaloosa to play,” said Bobby Carr, coach of the No. 2 Wildcats. “We wanted to make a statement. We dropped to No. 2 for no reason.”
Since moving to Class AA, and now Class A, Edgewood has perennially been at the top of the Alabama Sports Writer’s Independent School poll until two weeks ago when that spot was usurped by Tuscaloosa Academy.
“We’ve had a number of 1 vs. 2 games,” said Carr. “Our kids thrive on that and on the big game and the spotlight. That’s when they play their best. To be able to shine in a situation like that says a lot about the quality of your ball club and your players.”
The two teams met four games into the 2013 season and the Knights blanked the Wildcats 4-0.
“We were still trying to find our identity,” said Carr.
Edgewood, who made the hour and a half trek after beating Cornerstone 17-1 in five innings, fell behind 5-3 through the first three innings against Tuscaloosa Academy.
“We were a little sluggish to start the game, but I think the drive may have had something to do with that,” said Carr. “Between innings I told them they had a chance to prove who was the best team in the state, not on paper. That got them fired up and focused.”
Carr’s lighting of a fire underneath the Wildcats led to a “Big-Inning Edgewood” rally.
The Wildcats kindled a bonfire at the plate and Kyle Andrews (Tuscaloosa’s pitcher) kept throwing gasoline on it.
The Wildcats rattled off six runs to capture the lead.
Andrews brought the gasoline with him to the mound in the fifth inning as the Wildcats tacked on five more runs.
Chase Laney came on in relief of Bailey Hansen and was credited with the win, despite only pitching one inning of work.
Taylor Hawthorne closed out the game as Edgewood picked up the victory and improved to 32-3 on the year.
“We’re swinging the bat well,” said Carr. “(Tuscaloosa’s) coach even complimented us on it.”
John Mark Cosby and Hawthorne were 3-for-3 in the win. Cosby, along with Dylan Ingram, Hansen, Hunter Glenn and Jolan Stierenger combined for five extra base hits as the Wildcats’ 15 runs were the product of 15 RBIs on 16 hits.
“Our team buys in to whatever game plan the coaches come up with,” said Carr. “If we need to bunt to move a runner over they do it. But it goes back to having that team chemistry and the ability to desire to do the small things necessary to win.”
Cosby accounted for five runs in Monday’s win at Tuscaloosa.
Andrews, the Knight’s sacrificial lamb, allowed 11 hits and nine runs in four innings of work with only three strikeouts.

EA 17, Cornerstone 1
Heath Young picked up the win as Edgewood cruised to another area victory Monday afternoon.
Edgewood tuned up Cornerstone’s pitcher through the innings of rally baseball.
The Wildcats hung 12 on the board and ended the night with 17 runs on 17 hits.
Rod Boykin (3-for-4) doubled and scored four times with two RBIs. Cosby, Ingram and Hawthorne combined with Boykin for eight extra-base hits as Edgewood manufactured its offense.
The Wildcats used 17 hits to drive home 15 runs. Young struck out six as Cosby came on to close out the game.
Edgewood played Lee-Scott Tuesday afternoon and will host Eastwood in an area doubleheader Thursday.

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