COVINGTON - The Eastside baseball team took one on the chin in Region 8-AAAA play Friday, falling to Jackson County 20-7 in five innings.
Not much went right at all for the Eagles (3-7 overall, 3-5 in region 8-AAAA), who committed ten errors and walked 12 batters while giving up only seven hits.
Eastside came into the game riding a two-game win streak in the region, but Jackson County jumped out to a five-run first inning thanks to several Eagle mistakes.
Eastside walked two runners, but more importantly, committed four errors that allowed Jackson County to score its runs while only recording two hits in the inning.
The Panthers tacked on a run in the second to make it 6-0, but the Eagles appeared to weather the storm.
Eastside got right back into the game in the bottom of the second inning as it was Jackson County's turn to play sloppy.
Back-to-back errors by the Panther shortstop gave Eastside its first run, before Sam Johnson drove in a run with a hard single to left.
After another Panther error put runners at second and third, Jared Trust drew a walk to load the bases for Eastside. Jake Casteel followed with a run-scoring fielder's choice, then the Eagles got two more, courtesy of a third error on the Panther shortstop.
As fast as Eastside got back into the game, it let it slip away in the top of the third inning.
Down 6-4, things quickly got out of hand as five walks and two more errors paved the way to eight more runs for Jackson County as they sent 13 men to the plate.
The Panthers added two runs in the fourth and four in the fifth, extending their lead to 20-4.
Eastside was able to get something going in the bottom of the fifth as it scored three runs on four hits, including a single by Trust that plated two.
But the Eagles dug too big of a hole and were unable to overcome the mistakes. The game was called short via the 10-run rule.
Eastside coach Michael Poor was frustrated all evening. Two questionable calls by the first-base umpire added to Eastside's rough night, but Poor knows his team just didn't play well as a group.
"That was flat out inexcusable," he said. "If we can't make the routine plays or keep runners off base because of the free pass, we're not going to win baseball games, it's that simple. They've been coached how to do it and it's a matter of them wanting to do it. When it gets crunch time and they're not performing, they sag their heads and the ball is going to get hit at them all night long, and they're going to continue to make those mistakes. They need to learn to get over it and play baseball."