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EHS Soft­ball has packed weeked,

The Covington News - - Front page - BRYAN FAZIO bfazio@cov­news.com

East­side split its two soft­ball games Satur­day, with two al­most com­pletely solid per­for­mances.

In the first game, a 10-7 win over Lovett, the Ea­gles (7-3) took a 10-1 lead be­fore giv­ing up six runs in one in­ning. In the sec­ond game, East­side fell 4-2 to Mor­gan County but looked equal to the Bull­dogs with the ex­cep­tion of a few pitches.

Bai­ley Ste­wart went 3 for 4 against Lovett, but no one stepped up with a star-like per­for­mance against Mor­gan County.

The Ea­gles took the first lead of the game against the Bull­dogs, as Cait­lyn Ray was hit by a pitch with one out. She then moved to sec­ond on a hit by Sa­van­nah Up­shaw and to third on a throw that was too high for the third base­man.

Af­ter the Bull­dogs’ er- ror put Ray on third, she scored on a wild pitch by Madi­son County’s Vic­to­ria Thomas.

The Ea­gles added two more hits in the bot­tom of the sec­ond, one by Ste­wart and one by Reese Rogers but couldn’t cap­i­tal­ize, leav­ing two run­ners stranded. That was the big­gest pro­duc­tion of the game for East­side, as all the other balls put into play — hard hit balls — were fielded by a strong Mor­gan County de­fense.

“It wasn’t any­thing we did wrong,” East­side coach Ja­son Stokes said. “It was just hit­ting the ball right at peo­ple and they made most of the plays. Some games don’t go your way.

Af­ter the first in­ning’s high throw from the first base­man, Mor­gan County didn’t com­mit an er­ror the rest of the game.

East­side didn’t com­mit any er­rors throughout the

game, but Mor­gan County didn’t need the help as it cap­i­tal­ized on the few chances it had.

In the top of the third, Rogers got through the first two outs on ground balls, be­fore Dee Pittman hit a sin­gle to right field. Af­ter Pittman stole sec­ond, Alisha Fri­er­son hit a dou­ble to score her. Fol­low­ing Pittman and Fri­er­son’s hit, Aubree Cox drove home Fri­er­son with a sin­gle.

The two teams traded score­less in­nings for the next two be­fore Mor­gan County struck again.

Cox led off the top of the sixth as Rogers threw her a changeup that stayed in the mid­dle of the strike zone. Cox con­nected on the ball that ended up over the cen­ter field fence.

The next bat­ter up, La­ree Van Orden, fol­lowed suit, putting her of­fer­ing, what was sup­posed to be a drop ball, near where Cox’s landed.

“We didn’t play a bad game they just got hits and those home runs you can’t re­ally do any­thing about,” Stokes said.

East­side didn’t let the 4-1 hole they were in dur­ing the seventh in­ning stand as the lead­off bat­ter, Ste­wart reached as she was hit by a pitch. Af­ter a passed ball she move to sec­ond.

Af­ter Madi­son Harper struck out, Mor­gan County’s catcher thought it was the fi­nal out and threw the ball down, al­low­ing Ste­wart to go to third.

Madi­son White­set came in to hit for Rogers and put a grounder to the sec­ond base­man, al­low­ing Ste­wart to score.

How­ever, East­side couldn’t de­velop the rally fur­ther, as Taz Pow­ell and Alexis Dibuc­cio hit into ground outs.

The Ea­gles be­gin their Re­gion 8-AAAA sched­ule Tues­day when Lump­kin County comes to East­side.

An­thony Banks /The Cov­ing­ton News

Cait­lyn Ray throws a pitch for East­side dur­ing its first game of two on Satur­day. The Ea­gles de­feated Lovett 10-7 in the morn­ing con­test.

An­thony Banks /The Cov­ing­ton News

A Mor­gan County run­ner slides into sec­ond base as Cait­lyn Ray awaits the ball dur­ing East­side's sec­ond game, a loss, on Satur­day.

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