Margie Riley McVay
The East Marion Eagles (3-1) kicked off their season a little late with basketball bleeding into the expected schedule, but they have wasted no time starting hot out of the gate.
The Eagles outscored the opposition 42-17 in their first four games and stole an eye-popping 44 bases with Devin Daniels stealing 15 on his own.
I watched a ton of Marion County prep baseball over the past week-plus and have learned a lot about three of the four ball clubs. As I write this Tuesday afternoon, East Marion is the only team I haven’t seen play yet.
Here is what I have discovered up to this point:
The Columbia Academy Cougars (2-4) found themselves in two extremely close ball games last week with the game on the line in the final at-bats.
Squaring off against crosstown foe West Marion at home Friday night, the Cougars were unable to rise to the occasion in an electric atmosphere, falling 5-1 in extra innings.
Winning on the road is very difficult in college basketball. The opposing team’s fans are covered in body paint and shouting angrily at you, in what gives all the impression of a religious ritual in a pre-civilized culture. You have the cramped locker room – and your opponent controls the thermostat.