Falkner Eagles begin season 7-1

FALKNER — “Our goal is to contend for division and I believe we can do that,” said Falkner Eagle Coach Carl Rowell. Rowell has good reason to believe that since his Falkner Eagles (7-1) swept the Potts Camp Tournament over Spring Break. At the tournament, the Eagles blasted Ashland 17-2 before beating Thrasher 4-2 and tournament host Potts Camp 9-4. With the wins, the Eagles have now won four consecutive ballgames. The Eagles’ early success can be attributed to timely hitting, which Rowell said has improved from last season mainly because of the live pitching the Eagles see during practice. Former Eagles Jason Graves and Colt Swinford volunteered to throw live batting practice for the team–a move Rowell said has paid off. “Seeing live batting practice has made a huge difference in our batting,” Rowell said. “We have good team speed and we’ve been hitting the ball. Once we get on base, we’ve moved the runners along and that’s been the key to our success.” Rowell added that his team has also benefited from good pitching. The Eagle pitching staff is led by junior Orlando Maldonado (3-0), senior Deven Settlemires (2-0) and Will Robertson (2-1). Rowell hopes the injury bug will not be a factor as it was last season when the Eagles began 8-1 but finished 13-8 after injuries decimated the team. Injury has already been a factor as Senior catcher Jamie Carter was recently lost for the remainder of the regular season due to a dislocated shoulder. However, Rowell said Carter would be available to play in the playoffs. The Eagles are in 2-1 in Division 1-1A and look to make strides towards that playoff run with three division games this week. The Eagles traveled to Thrasher after press deadline on Tuesday. Friday they host Jumpertown at 4 p.m. and Thrasher Saturday at 2 p.m.

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