Ea­gles bat­tered and be­wil­dered by Lo­ganville, 13-1

Red Devils hand East­side its third straight loss

The Covington News - - Sports - By Eric R. Wal­lace

COV­ING­TON — On Wed­nes­day, East­side squared off with Lo­ganville in a re­gion skir­mish that even­tu­ally led the Ea­gles to an­other mercy loss, 13-1, at Ea­gle Field.

The Red Devils (12-3 over­all, 10-3 Re­gion 8-AAAA, Sub-re­gion B) have owned the Ea­gles this sea­son, hav­ing scored 22 runs while giv­ing up just one in the two times they have met.

“It was the same M.O.— the same thing that has hap­pened to us game in and game out,” said East­side coach Michael Poor. “I’m not go­ing to blame any of this on youth.

“We’ve just got to make up our minds that we must con­cen­trate when we’re out there,” he added.

Lo­ganville opened the scor­ing when Blake McCullers led off the first in­ning with a dou­ble to left field. The next bat­ter walked be­fore Luke Baker sin­gled to left, scor­ing McCullers to give Lo­ganville a 1-0 ad­van­tage.

But East­side bat­tled, play­ing the Red Devils close early on. The Ea­gles got their only run of the game af­ter a passed ball, which tied it at one apiece.

Jared Trust sin­gled to left and then pro­ceeded to steal sec­ond. Jake Cas­teel fol­lowed with a per­fectly ex­e­cuted bunt to move the run­ner to third.

East­side’s Kyle Du­rand walked to load the bases with one out, and Trust even­tu­ally scored on the mis­cueby the Red Devils.

How­ever, Lo­ganville broke the game wide open in the

third in­ning by scor­ing five runs af­ter McCullers (3-for-3) sin­gled to the left-cen­ter gap to start things off. Baker fol­lowed by hit­ting into a 6-5 force out af­ter Drew Smith walked.

Lo­ganville’s Chris Lew then stepped to the plate, driv­ing a sin­gle deep to left, bring­ing a run across. Chance Bridges fol­lowed with an RBI sin­gle to cen­ter field.

And the scor­ing didn’t stop there.

Bran­don Cruce hit a sin­gle to the gap in left-cen­ter to plate two more runs, giv­ing the Red Devils a 5-1 cush­ion.

“I’m proud of the way the guys were swing­ing the bat,” said Lo­ganville coach Jeff Se­gars.

The Ea­gles’ bats went dor­mant while Lo­ganville con­tin­ued its on­slaught.

The Red Devils scored eight runs be­tween the fourth and sixth in­ning, caus­ing the um­pires to in­voke the mercy rule to end the con­test.

Over­all, Lo­ganville amassed 13 runs on 12 hits while com­mit­ting zero er­rors in the field.

On the other hand, East­side man­aged just three hits and four er­rors.

En­ter­ing to­day, Lo­ganville sits in third place in the re­gion stand­ings just be­hind Her­itage and Salem.

Mean­while, the young Ea­gles (4-11, 4-9) are sit­ting in ninth place out of a field of 13 teams.

East­side will next host Cedar Shoals at 5:30 p.m. to­day.

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