Jacksonville head baseball coach Mike Eckles probably doesn't believe in so-called moral victories.
But that would be a good way to sum up the Tribe's 2-0 District 16-4A loss to league-leading Lindale on Saturday afternoon (the game was originaly scheduled for Friday night, but was delayed until Saturday due to inclement weather).
Lindale improved to 13-4-2, 4-0 in conference with the win, while the Tribe slipped to 6-12-1, 1-3.
“Our kids competed better (in) this game than they ever have,” Eckles said. “They deserved to win this game. I am so proud of the way they battled from the first to the last pitch.”
After four frames of scoreless baseball, Linale pushed across what ultimately was the winning run, when an Eagle made it home on a fielder's choice in the bottom of the fifth.
Jacksonville freshman, Jacob Tucker, was the hard-luck loser. He worked 4.2 innings and allowed only one run while walking four and fanning one.
Brayden Rawlinson mopped up the final 1.1 innings for the Tribe.
Chase Brown earned the win for the Eagles. He went 6.1 innings, gave up three hits, struck out seven Indians and walked two.
The Tribesmen return to the diamond at 7 p.m. Friday by entertaining Corsicana.