Her­itage cruises by East­side, 11-1

Pa­tri­ots 11-0 in re­gion ac­tion

The Covington News - - Sports - By Brian Harper

CONY­ERS — The East­side High base­ball team was ex­pect­ing big things Fri­day evening at Danny Blue Field, such as an up­set over num­ber one seeded Her­itage.

In­stead, the Ea­gles (3-9 over­all, 3-7 Re­gion 8-AAAA South) were dealt an 111 blow in six in­nings.

“ We squan­dered our op­por­tu­ni­ties,” said East­side as­sis­tant coach Ja­son Stokes, who was fill­ing in for head coach Michael Poor. “We were in it in the be­gin­ning and then it just got out of hand.”

The Ea­gles jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the first in­ning af­ter an RBI sin­gle by

Tim Ro­ton.

Not only did Ro­ton need to de­liver at the plate, he also had to shut down or at least con­tain the Pa­tri­ots’ (11-2, 11-0) high-pow­ered of­fense. But the Ea­gles quickly found them­selves down 5-1 af­ter some first in­ning blues, as Ro­ton al­lowed three hits while walk­ing one.

Two first in­ning er­rors com­mit­ted by his de­fense didn’t help mat­ters, ei­ther, prov­ing that East­side would be in for a long night.

Un­able to cap­i­tal­ize on key op­por­tu­ni­ties, the Ea­gles wasted back-to-back in­nings re­gard­ing scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties af­ter leav­ing two run­ners on in the sec­ond and the bases loaded in the third.

Get­ting out of hand was a po­lite way of putting it as the Ea­gles gave Her­itage an­other run in the sec­ond. Af­ter Tyler Austin walked and then stole sec­ond and third, he scored af­ter a throw­ing er­ror was com­mit­ted by East­side.

Bran­don Thomas blasted a long home run in the fourth in­ning to give the Pa­tri­ots a 71 lead.

De­spite get­ting more chances to score later in the game, East­side was not able to take ad­van­tage. Go­ing toe-to-toe with a state pow­er­house, the Ea­gles once again per­mit­ted er­rors to get the best of them af­ter com­mit­ting five, while the pitch­ing staff al­lowed 11 hits.

In ad­di­tion, the Pa­tri­ots were flaw­less in the field, reg­is­ter- ing a goose egg in the er­rors col­umn.

Keaton Anglin, Cameron Daven­port, Kyle Du­rand and Ro­ton recorded a hit apiece for the Ea­gles.

East­side will next host Salem at 5:30 p.m. Mon­day.

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