Eight and counting
Shepherd's homerun powers Eastside to eighth straight win
Eastside extended its season-long winning streak to eight Tuesday with a 13-1 thumping of Jackson County in four innings.
Despite a shaky start defensively, the Lady Eagles (12-2-1) shrugged off an unearned run in the first inning to put a four-spot on the Lady Panthers in the bottom of the inning to take a quick 4-0 lead.
Shea Shepherd provided the offense with a 3-run home run in the inning, her first of the year, and Eastside never looked back.
Amanda Henderson was up to her usual dominant self on the mound. After a lead off walk that would eventually come around to score, Henderson shut down Jackson County over the next three innings. She struck out the side in the second and third innings while fanning 10 for the game.
“Amanda did a great job and so far this season, she’s done a great job for us on the mound,” Eastside coach Heather Wood said. “I’ve been very pleased with her. She keeps us in every ball game and gives us a chance to win.”
Wood said after the game she felt good about her team’s approach, especially at the plate where they totaled
“We are extremely worried about Newton's speed,” Hurst said. “They seem to be very ath- letic on defense, so our offensive line will have to open some holes for our backs to run. We will look to establish the run as always.”
The Eagles hold the edge in the passing game as quarterback Justin Wray has been solid to begin the year. In both Eagle wins, Wray has started the game well and led his team to opening drive scores.
The Rams made the switch to Demetrius McCray last week and Newton’s passing game looked much better than it did in week one.
“He’s been our quarterback before and there is a comfort level with him (McCray),” Newton coach Nick Collins said. “I think that’s what the difference is. There is just that comfort level.”
Tonight’s game will conclude the county rivalry games and both teams will get down to business in region play. A Newton win means all three schools come away with a county win apiece. An Eastside win will give the Eagles bragging rights for 350 more days.
“I look for a big crowd to support both schools tonight as this game will decide the county championship for 2008,” Hurst said. “It ought to be a fun one to watch. I know our guys are ready to play.”
High fives all around: Shea Shepherd crosses home plate as her teammanets await to congratulate her after her three-run homerun sparked a four-run first inning against Jackson County Tuesday. Eastside has won eight in a row.