De­layed flight

Bull­dogs top East­side in re­gion ac­tion

The Covington News - - Sports - By Brian Harper

COV­ING­TON — Af­ter what has been a rough week in base­ball for the East­side High squad, things didn’t fare any bet­ter on Fri­day night in re­gion play.

The Ea­gles were handed their third straight loss within a span of seven days to the Madi­son County Bull­dogs, fall­ing 9-3.

“We need to start re­al­iz­ing what we are ca­pa­ble of,” said Poor af­ter the game, “and right now it’s not hit­ting for big runs. We need to go out and play for one run an in­ning. It’s noth­ing phys­i­cal with our team — right now it’s all men­tal.”

In the first in­ning, East­side (16 over­all, 1-4 Re­gion 8-AAAA South) got off to yet an­other slow start, al­low­ing the Bull­dogs (5-2, 41) to take the early lead, scor­ing four runs.

Cameron Daven­port cut the deficit to 4-1 af­ter get­ting an RBI sin­gle in the bot­tom half of the in­ning.

How­ever, the Bull­dogs plated two more runs in the sec­ond to give them a com­mand­ing 6-1 edge.

Dur­ing that span, East­side start­ing pitcher Daniel Digby gave up six runs in two and two thirds in­nings of work. Putting the Ea­gles in a hole, the Bull­dogs forced East­side head coach Michael Poor to turn to his bench early. And look­ing for some type of an­swer, Poor found it in his ju­nior hurler Tim Ro­ton.

While Ro­ton em­ployed a firm grip on the mound, the

East­side bats started to wake up in the fourth frame. An RBI sin­gle off the bat of Travis Marks fol­lowed by an RBI dou­ble from Jared Trust found the Ea­gles down 6-3 head­ing into the fifth.

With a solid out­ing from Ro­ton, who gath­ered seven strike­outs while only al­low­ing two hits in three full in­nings of work, he ap­peared to lose a lit­tle bit of steam dur­ing the sixth. Af­ter a lead­off walk fol- lowed by back-to-back RBI sin­gles, the Bull­dogs were able to pull ahead and never look back.

Over­all, Madi­son County pounded out 11 hits com­pared to five by the Ea­gles.

Trust led East­side at the plate with a pair of dou­bles.

De­fen­sively, both teams played solid in the field, com­mit­ting just one er­ror apiece.

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Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

Ex­tra bases: East­side’s Kyle Du­rand hits a dou­ble in the third in­ning of re­gion play Fri­day evening dur­ing a 9-3 loss to Madi­son County.

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