Eight and count­ing

Shep­herd's home­run pow­ers East­side to eighth straight win

The Covington News - - Sports - By Josh Briggs

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.”

Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

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.

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