Morgan Academy entered Friday’s baseball game at Edgewood with the No. 1 ranking in AISA and an undefeated record. The Senators quickly showed how that ranking was earned, jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning before running away with a 13-4 victory against the Wildcats.
“We just wanted to compete and stay in the game for seven innings,” Edgewood coach Joey Potts said. “I wanted to make sure they weren’t giving up and see them battle through some of those tough spots. I’m not here for moral victories but that team is really good and there were times we could give up but we didn’t.”
Edgewood (9-16) used the game to get a look at some of its pitching depth while saving some of its top arms for the upcoming area play. Morgan took advantage of it, recording 12 hits and walking seven times.
Morgan’s Gunnar Henderson, an Auburn commit and top-100 2019 MLB Draft prospect, led the Senators with three hits and two RBIs. With the top-ranked team in town, the game brought out a big crowd including a handful of scouts.
While each result is important in its own right, Potts said he believes playing against a team like Morgan will help the Wildcats improve for the rest of the season.
“This is how we prepare for that area play,” Potts said. “You play good teams to get ready for it so we can learn from it and move forward.”
Edgewood still found positives from the loss, including a big day at the plate from Cade Bazzell. After falling behind 4-0, Bazzell came up to bat with the bases loaded in the first inning.
Bazzell took a 1-2 pitch to the left field wall for a double. Two runs scored on the play but Alex Johnson was thrown out at home after a good relay throw from Henderson.
“You have to be aggressive and you want to force them to make those throws,” Potts said. “They did what they were supposed to and made the big play. If one throw is off, that could change the game.”
Bazzell finished the game with two hits and one run while being the only Wildcat to go to the plate without striking out. He now leads the team with 17 RBIs and seven extra-base hits.
“He’s hit the ball really well over the past few games,” Potts said. “He’s starting to swing it and that’s huge for us. At the beginning of the season, we could get runners on but couldn’t get that big hit and now we have some guys that can get that hit for us. We just have to put it all together.”
Edgewood now turns its attention to area play where the Wildcats will need a few wins to make the postseason. After losing the first five games against area opponents, Edgewood will travel to Coosa Valley this week before hosting Lowndes next week in the area finale.
“The good thing is we still control our own destiny in area play,” Potts said. “We don’t have to worry about anyone else beating someone for us. It’s all on us and that’s starts up again Tuesday.”
Edgewood split with Coosa Valley on Tuesday night, grabbing a 4-1 win in the finale. Kam Burleson and Randy Davis combined to allow just six hits and one run across seven innings in the victory.