Bull­dogs pound Ea­gles on the di­a­mond, 11-1

Over­street dom­i­nates at the plate and on the hill

The Covington News - - Sports - By Ja­son Mur­dock

COV­ING­TON — For most kids, Spring Break means fun and re­lax­ation.

But East­side High base­ball play­ers aren’t most kids, even though they’ve had a roller coaster of a week.

It be­gan with an emo­tional win over crosstown ri­val Al­covy on Mon­day, fol­lowed by a loss to a win­less Cedar Shoals club Tues­day (

And it ended with an­other de­feat Wed­nes­day, this time an 11-1 loss to Win­der-Bar­row (10-5 over­all, 12-5 Re­gion 8-AAAAA) at Ea­gle Field.

“Ev­ery game right now is real valu­able and im­por­tant be­cause we’re try­ing to get into the top four in the re­gion,” saidWin­der-Bar­row coach Brian Smith.

Mean­while, the Ea­gles (513, 5-11) are rest­ing in ninth place, need­ing noth­ing short of a mir­a­cle to ad­vance to the post­sea­son.

Win­der- Bar­row start­ing pitcher Ryan Over­street didn’t help the cause, ei­ther, throw­ing six strong in­nings en route to the win. He recorded six s t r i ke­outs and one walk, while al­low­ing just two hits and one earned run.

“(Over­street) was a one-man wreck­ing crew to­day,” said East­side coach Michael Poor. “He’s a tremen­dous ath­lete who threw a whale of a game. He kept our guys off-bal­ance all night long — just a fan­tas­tic pitch­ing per­for­mance.”

Over­street helped his own cause at the plate by belt­ing a first-pitch fast­ball over the left field fence for a three-run homer in the top of the first. It sparked a six-run in­ning, which also in­cluded a two-run sin­gle by Max Pen­te­cost.

“It helped me tremen­dously be­cause I’m bet­ter when I have runs be­hind us,” Over­street ad­mit­ted. “That was a tremen­dous help, and it re­ally got my con­fi­dence up. We have a re­ally strong pitch­ing staff, so it’s bet­ter to jump on peo­ple quick. When we do (that) we get big runs and big hits.”

Pen­te­cost ended 2-for-2 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

East­side re­tal­i­ated in the bot­tom half of the in­ning af­ter

Git Aiken slapped a 2-2 break­ing ball to left for an RBI sin­gle, plat­ing Jared Trust who pre­vi­ously walked.

“He bat­tled,” Poor said of Aiken, whowas re­cently called up to var­sity. “He puts the ball in play, and for a sopho­more he’s some­thing spe­cial.”

But that was all the scor­ing the Ea­gles could muster. In fact, they only recorded one more hit — a sin­gle by Joe Thig­pen in the sixth in­ning.

The Bull­dogs tacked on three more runs in the third in­ning thanks to an RBI triple by Billy Se­gars and a sac­ri­fice fly by Jeremy Donaldson.

Donaldson, who fin­ished 3for-3, added an RBI dou­ble in the fifth to make it 10-1.

“ That’s a good, qual­ity team,” Poor said re­gard­ing the Bull­dogs. “They are a very well-coached team, and did ev­ery­thing right like you’re sup­posed to do.”

East­side’s Daniel Digby, who pitched two in­nings, was cred­ited with the loss. He al­lowed eight earned runs and walked four bat­ters, all of which scored.

Over­all, Win­der- Bar­row bat­ted .433 (13-for-30), with each starter get­ting a hit or scor­ing a run.

“This was a re­ally big game to win,” Over­street said, who fin­ished a triple shy of the cy­cle, go­ing 4-for-4 with three RBIs and two dou­bles.

“It’s im­por­tant for us as a team be­cause ev­ery time (Over­street) comes out we need him like that — sharp,” Smith said. “It’s im­por­tant for him as a kid, too, be­cause he had a cou­ple schools here to look at him, so he showed out a lit­tle bit and I hope that comes up with an of­fer for him.”

De­spite the loss there were still bright spots in each as­pect of the game — hit­ting, pitch­ing and field­ing — for the Ea­gles.

Ear­lier this sea­son in a 4-2 loss to the Bull­dogs, East­side fanned 12 times against Over­street, dou­bling its amount from Wed­nes­day night.

“We made some ad­just­ments to put it in play,” Poor said, “so we’re grow­ing as hit­ters.”

Re­gard­less of the lack of of­fen­sive pro­duc­tion, East­side fresh­man Seth Allen threw five in­nings of re­lief work, al­low­ing five hits and just one earned run.

“I’m so, so tremen­dously proud of Seth,” Poor said. “He’s been roughed up in a cou­ple of re­lief ap­pear­ances, and I couldn’t be prouder of him; he threw a tremen­dous game.”

Al­though the Ea­gles com­mit­ted four er­rors, in­clud­ing two on one play, they turned their fourth dou­ble play in three games.

Out­fielder Keaton Anglin added an as­sist, sav­ing a run in the sec­ond by gun­ning down a baserun­ner try­ing to score.

“One thing that they need to do is en­joy the game for what it is,” Poor ac­knowl­edged, “and if they do (that) in­stead of putting the pres­sure on them­selves to win they’re go­ing to be al­right.”

East­side next vis­its Madi­son County at 5:30 p.m. on Mon­day.


Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

Tough com­peti­tor: East­side start­ing pitcher Daniel Digby de­liv­ers a pitch against Win­der-Bar­row dur­ing an 11-1 loss Wed­nes­day evening at Ea­gle Field.

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