EAST­SIDE

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Wright gave up seven runs on 11 hits and three walks, with the first score com­ing on the first bat­ter of the sec­ond in­ning.

Spald­ing’s Matt Hayes led off the in­ning with a home run to deep cen­ter­field. Chase Pruitt then grounded out to sec­ond to score Austin Smith. Pow­ell Krepps scored on an er­ror to the short stop and Spald­ing took the lead for good, 3-2.

Wright lasted into the fourth in­ning, and will be given more pitches by Weir in his next start com­ing next week.

“He is com­ing along,” Weir said. “He hasn’t thrown in the past three years, and that was his fourth start; we got 70 pitches out of him tonight. He’s just now start­ing to get back in shape. He’s not as sharp as we want him but we’ll get him there.”

In the third in­ning, Spald­ing got to Wright again match­ing its run out­put form the sec­ond.

Robert Green’s dou­ble scored Casey Moody, who reached on a one-out walk. Hayes then hit his sec­ond home run in as many in­nings, scor­ing him­self and Green, putting the Jaguars up 6-3.

Af­ter scor­ing two runs in the top of the fourth, Spald­ing had its big­gest in­ning in the top of the fifth.

The Jaguars’ Kepps led off with a dou­ble, but was later thrown out on a fielder’s choice by the next bat­ter, Chase Pruitt. Pruitt moved to sec­ond on a hit bats­man and then to third ona passed ball. Pey­ton Pal­lay, who came in to pitch for Wright, then hit Moody, scor­ing Pruitt. An­son Link and Michael Martin scored on Robert Green’s sin­gle Austin Smith closed out the scor­ing and put the Ea­gles three outs from the 10-run rule on a dou­ble which scored Green and Moody. Trail­ing 13-3, East­side fought though the fifth, start­ing with Jake Wright’s fielder’s choice to score Cody Walker. Musashi Briem’s dou­ble scored Keith Buck­hault and Wright to pull the Ea­gles within seven, 13-6.

“We could have very eas­ily folded tent there when it was 13-3 in the fifth,” Weir said. “We scored one in the fifth to keep the game go­ing.”

The Ea­gles put two more runs on the board in the bot­tom of the sixth be­fore Joey Mitchell hit a two-run home run, scor­ing Mitchell.

“We scored four in the sixth to keep it go­ing even tighter,” Weir said. “We’ve got guys who like to fight, and that’s what we’ve been look­ing for all year and I think we found some of that.”

Weir hopes the Ea­gles will take that at­ti­tude fur­ther into the sea­son start­ing with tonight’s matchup at Henry County.

“We showed tonight that (Spald­ing) is not any bet­ter than we are,” Weir said. “We could go out any day and dadgum com­pete with any­body.

“I like the fight in our kids tonight. We told them all I can ask for is 100 per­cent, you can’t give me any more than 100 per­cent."

An­thony Banks/ The Cov­ing­ton News

East­side's sec­ond base­man tries to field a ground ball dur­ing Wed­nes­day's loss to Spald­ing.

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