COVINGTON - The Eastside baseball team put itself in a hole too deep to dig out of in their 9-3 loss to Madison County on Friday.
The Red Raiders scored four runs in the top of the first inning. Two runs came on a homer by Bo Dalton with the other two coming on a grounder and an error by the center fielder.
The Eagles tried to come back but all they could score was one run when Cameron Davenport's single plated Jared Trust.
"At this point, that's what we're used to," Eastside coach Michael Poor said. "We had that one error that first inning. It was his first start at varsity and was a little antsy, (he) thought he might be able to get the double play. But one run wasn't what lost that game. But he made himself comfortable and made some good plays after that for us. I was real proud of Git (Aiken) for that."
After the error, Aiken settled down and put out three batters.
Eastside settled down behind the arm of Tim Roton after giving up two runs in the second inning. In four innings of work, he faced 21 batters and gave up two runs on five hits. He also fanned five batters while giving up five walks.
The Eagles continued to fight back offensively as they scored two runs in the fourth inning.
Rashad Benton made it 6-2 on a Travis Marks line-drive single. Marks crossed the plate to make it 6-3 on Trust's second two-bagger of the game.
"We're not the kind of team that's going to jump out on top of everybody. We don't have the kind of hitters to hit home runs; we're just not capable of doing that," Poor said. "The guys are young and they think they can. Until we finally get to realize what our capabilities are, we're going to struggle. I think they're starting to realize it a little bit more every game we play. We have to play for one run an inning, if we get two - holy cow."
However, Eastside was unable to keep Madison County off the board as they scored two runs in the sixth inning and one more in the seventh.
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