Ea­gles blanked by Pa­tri­ots, 6-0

Her­itage wins re­gion ti­tle

The Covington News - - Sports - By Brian Harper

COV­ING­TON — On Mon­day night, the East­side High base­ball team played its last home game of the sea- son. Draw­ing Her­itage High, the se­nior Ea­gles were in for a long good­bye.

Af­ter los­ing back-to­back games last week for the first time all sea­son, the Pa­tri­ots (214 over­all, 21-2 Re­gion 8- AAAA) looked to en­act re­venge, and that’s ex­actly what they did,

win­ning 6-0 to clinch the re­gion cham­pi­onship.

Her­itage ace pitcher Tyler Austin got it done on both sides of the di­a­mond, shut­ting out the Ea­gles (7-18, 7-16) by al­low­ing just four hits while belt­ing two home runs from the plate.

Pitch­ing very solid was East­side’s Cameron Daven­port, who al­lowed five runs on seven hits against the league’s top team. But with­out gen­er­at­ing any type of of­fense, the Ea­gles were blanked for the third time this sea­son.

Com­mit­ting three er­rors on the night, the Ea­gles let a po­ten­tial up­set slip away as the Pa­tri­ots scored a run in ev­ery in­ning but the sixth.

“We gave them a cou­ple of runs,” said East­side coach Michael Poor. “We needed to just play and make them earn their runs, (but) we made er­rors and didn’t make them earn what they were sup­posed to.”

Austin hit his first homer of the night in the first in­ning off Daven­port to give the Pa­tri­ots a 1-0 lead.

In the sec­ond in­ning, Her­itage played small ball, scor­ing with a squeeze bunt by El­liott Walker. Stay­ing con­sis­tent with their scor­ing, the Pa­tri­ots added an­other run in the third af­ter a throw­ing er­ror by Hunter Parker al­lowed An­to­nio Craw­ford to come in for the 30 lead.

Af­ter shut­ting out the Pa­tri­ots in the fourth in­ning, East­side’s Kyle Du­rand drew a walk, fol­lowed by a dou­ble off the bat of Git Aiken to put run­ners in scor­ing po­si­tion for the first time all night. Af­ter walk- ing Daven­port, Austin got out of the bases loaded jam.

In the fifth, the Pa­tri­ots got back to busi­ness af­ter Joseph Lester scored on an er­ror by short­stop Jake Cas­teel. They scored again in the sixth af­ter catcher Nate Harvil com­mit- ted the Ea­gles’ third throw­ing er­ror, this time chuck­ing the ball into left field dur­ing a stolen base at­tempt.

East­side reliever Ti­mothy Ro­ton tried to stop the bleed­ing in the sev­enth; how­ever, Austin de­posited his sec­ond bomb of the night to seal the vic­tory.

In a game where there weren’t many high­lights for the Ea­gles, cen­ter­fielder Jared Trust, who has a .500 on-base per­cent­age and .350 bat­ting av­er­age, had two of their four hits.

“I was see­ing the ball well,” Trust said. “We had op­por­tu­ni­ties, but couldn’t put any­thing to­gether.”

East­side next vis­its Salem at 5:30 p.m. to­day.


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