Panthers get ready to host Eupora, East Webster

By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw Plaindealer

The French Camp Academy baseball team is still trying to find itself, but head baseball coach Nathan Wright says his Panthers are getting a little closer to finding where they stand heading into the this week’s action.

“We are still looking for four third and fourth pitchers,” he said. “We have been in every ball game we played and really could have won any of them.”

The Panthers took a 2-3 record into this week’s action that has FCA scheduled to host Eupora at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, before entertaining East Webster at 6 p.m. on Friday. French Camp will not begin region play until April 1 when the Panthers pay a visit to Ethel and then host the Tigers three days later on April 4.

French Camp dropped a 4-1 decision to Water Valley in Winona on the Saturday before spring break, then beat Riverside 13-2 the following Monday morning in the East Webster Tournament, before dropping a 9-7 home decision to Starkville Academy later that day.

“We were just looking for an opportunity to take a look at as many different pitchers as possible to see where we were,” he said “From this point we are gong to go with Hagan (Box) and Cole (Henson) more, but we still need some help there.”

FCA took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning against Water Valley when Michael Erving doubled in Box, who had singled. Those were the only two hits of the game for FCA.

Box, Hunter McNight, Colt Trehern, Brady Jackson and Luke McKnight all had hits for FCA in the win over Riverside, while Henson and Box scored three runs each and Trehern picked up the win on the mound.

FCA fell behind quickly against SA, as the Volunteers scored seven runs over the first two innings. The Panthers scored three in the third, only to have the visiting Vols pick up two in the top of the seventh. French Camp scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and had a runner thrown out at the plate on a bang-bang play to end the game.

“I was really proud of our kids with the way they fought back,” Wright said.

Box, Hunter McNight, Erving, Trehern, Brooks Warren and Jackson all head hit for the winners, while Box and Erving each scored twice.