Ea­gles take ‘lack­adaisi­cal’ win

The Covington News - - Sports - BRYAN FAZIO bfazio@cov­news.com

sical, just real flat with no en­thu­si­asm what­so­ever.”

The Ea­gles fell be­hind 2-0 in the first in­ning, be­fore scor­ing a run in the sec­ond and ty­ing it in the third.

Fol­low­ing the open­ing in­ning the Ea­gles (8-4, 2-1) played like the bet­ter team de­fen­sively but couldn’t get their bats go­ing.

“Reese Rogers started pitch­ing bet­ter,” Stokes said. “She went three up and three down in the sec­ond, third, fourth and fifth in­ning.”

Rogers fin­ished with six strike­outs, one walk, seven hits and one earned run in seven in­nings. She pulled out the win thanks to timely hit­ting from a lineup that strug­gled throughout the game.

In the sec­ond in­ning, Vic­to­ria Re­ich reached on a sin­gle, stole sec­ond base and then scored from sec­ond. Taz Pow­ell beat out a bunt, mov­ing Re­ich to sec­ond, but as the Mon­roe Area in­fielder went to first the throw went to high and Re­ich scored.

East­side tied it up in the third in­ning af­ter Cait­lyn Ray hit a dou­ble, and moved to third on Bai­ley Ste­wart’s sin­gle. Kris­ten Hil­ley’s hit drove Ray home.

Hil­ley and Ray teamed up for an­other run in the fifth in­ning, this time putting East­side ahead.

Ray drew a lead­off walk in the top of the fifth, and Ste­wart hit into a fielder’s choice to push Ray to sec­ond. Hil­ley’s dou­ble then scored Ray for the goa­head run.

Hil­ley went 2 for 3 with a dou­ble and two RBI, Jor­dan Hiltey hit a triple, and Ste­wart and Ray had one hit each.

With a busy week up­com­ing, fea­tur­ing games on Tues­day, Wed­nes­day, Thurs­day and Fri­day, Stokes has given the girls a cou­ple days off hop­ing to rein­vig­o­rate them. East­side’s first game of the week comes at home against an­other team with a sub-par record in Ch­es­ta­tee (3-9, 0-2) on Tues­day.

“I’m hop­ing it was just one of those games where they played down to com­pe­ti­tion, not com­ing ready to play,” Stokes said. “I gave them some days off hop­ing to re­fresh them.”

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