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Pitching carries Alexander baseball through season
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
April 03, 2013 11:17 AM | 1185 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, Alexander High School baseball players Nick Wise, Morgan Foulks and CJ Sparnell.
From left, Alexander High School baseball players Nick Wise, Morgan Foulks and CJ Sparnell.
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Only two games into their region schedule, the Alexander baseball team is 10-2 and has won both region games, 5-3 against Troup and 15-1 against Shaw.

“I feel really good about where we are. We lost a couple close games but I think you learn more from the close games than the blowouts,” said head coach Chris Brown.

With each of the close games this season, Brown said the team learned “how important everything is” in the games, he said.

“If you give a team extra outs, it could cost you,” Brown said.

Coming into this season, Brown said he had some fairly high expectations for the team, but he knew there may be some setbacks as the team graduated a good senior class last season.

“We had a strong senior class last season so expectations dropped a little because our boys were young and inexperienced,” Brown said.

However, Brown admitted that being inexperienced was not necessarily a bad thing as long as the team has the talent his team has, according to Brown.

Right now, the top players for the Cougars are the pitchers, sophomore Morgan Foulks, junior Nick Wise and senior CJ Sparnell.

“I’ve been really happy with our pitching staff. They’ve done a phenomenal job and they have really carried us this year,” said Brown.

Folks is 4-1 on the season with 25 strikeouts in 21 innings and an ERA of 1.94. Wise is 2-0 on the season with 22 strikeouts in 17 innings and an ERA of 1.08. Sparnell is 2-0 on the season with 32 strikeouts in 19 innings and an ERA of 2.58.

On March 28 and 29 the team played LaGrange and Sandy Creek in two big region games. Prior to these games, Brown discussed his confidence in the team and how they have yet to waver from their goal of winning a region championship.

“I’m very confident in our abilities. Our pitchers will give us a chance. We’ll need some guys to get some good hits for us. LaGrange will be a good test,” Brown said.

Last season the team finished their season in the second round of the state tournament with one win and two losses to Whitewater. This season, Whitewater is the last scheduled game the Cougars will play in.

“Once we get there, that’s going to be a big point. We still feel like we have some unfinished business to settle, hopefully into the state playoffs,” Brown said.
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