East­side wins fourth straight

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The East­side base­ball team con­tin­ued its win­ning ways, de­feat­ing Re­gion 4-AAA foe Jack­son 6-4 on Mon­day for its fifth win in a row.

The Ea­gles (13-3, 7-1) jumped to an early lead, 2-0, in the top of the first af­ter lead­off hit­ter Cody Walker drew a walk and was driven in two bat­ters later on a home run by Keith Buck­hault.

Daniel Gar­rett pitched for East­side, al­low­ing just one base run­ner through the first cou­ple of in­nings.

In the top of the third Buck­hault con­nected with a solo home run to make the score 3-0.

Gar­rett was again solid from the mound in the bot­tom half of the third. The East­side half of the fourth in­ning saw Matt Hitch­cock draw a lead­off walk, Walker reach on a sin­gle and Joey Mitchell reach on er­ror to load the bases for Buck­hault. The Red Devil pitcher would be very care­ful with Buck­hault and was con­tent to walk in a run rather than give Buck­hault a chance to do any more dam­age.

The Red Devils bats came alive in the fourth as Gar­rett yielded three hits and an­other bat­ter reached on er­ror. Jack­son would draw close by scor­ing three runs to make the score 4-3.

Both teams were un­able to score in the fifth and se­nior Tyler Bai­ley came into the game to re­lieve Gar­rett on the mound.

The Ea­gles would put a cou­ple of in­sur­ance runs on the board in the sixth when Bai­ley drew a lead­off walk and David Van­leu­ven sin­gled. Both the pitcher and catcher were re­placed on the base paths by pinch run­ners Drew Buck­hault and T. Sims and af­ter an er­rant throw on a pick-off at­tempt at first by the catcher, chaos en­sued and both Ea­gles scored as the Red Devils threw the ball around the field.

Jack­son added a sin­gle run in the sixth cour­tesy of a walk, a hit and an East­side er­ror, but that would be the ex­tent of the scor­ing as the Ea­gles came away with the 6-4 vic­tory.

The Ea­gles will face Stock­bridge to­day.

East­side curently sits in sec­ond place in Re­gion 4-AAA with a 7-1 record. The Ea­gles are one game be­hind Spald­ing, which sits atop the re­gion with an 8-0 record.

The two teams met ear­lier in the sea­son at East­side.

It was the Ea­gles only re­gion loss of the year, 13-10 on March 14. It was also East­side's only loss since Feb. 25, amass­ing a 11-1 record since then.

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