COVINGTON - Eastside's defense could have stayed on the bench as Amanda Henderson manhandled the Alcovy Lady Tigers, striking out 14 of the 16 batters she faced in the 8-0 run-rule win Thursday.
"You have to take your hat off to Amanda Henderson. She went out there and made it look easy. She's the best pitcher we've seen by far and she'll probably be the best pitcher we see until we get to the state tournament," Alcovy coach Casey Bates said.
"I told them you can't let it get you down, that team and that girl just beat you; Amanda Henderson of Eastside High School just beat you. It showed them that they can be beat by a pitcher. They can't have a pitcher go out there and dominate. They have to find a way to get on base. I told them it happened tonight, it's over, just don't let it happen again."
The only two batters not falling victim to the Eastside pitcher were Caitlin Williams, who was thrown out by Erica Cronic, and Melody Belcher, who got a free pass to first and was Alcovy's only base runner in the fourth inning.
Offensively, the Lady Eagles connected with their bats, getting 11 hits, including three triples.
Hitting the three-baggers for Eastside were Bri Chambers (3-for-4), Sierra Petree (1-for-1) and Kenya Shakoor (1-for-1).
Chambers paced the Lady Eagles at the plate followed by Jqurya Blue with two hits.
"Offensively, we've been doing a much better job. They're making the right adjustments, they're talking to each other and they were much more disciplined at the plate. I was very pleased with them offensively," Eastside coach Heather Wood said.
The Lady Tigers played a decent game defensively but had a hard time keeping Eastside off the scoreboard without Dallas Hardin in the circle.
Summer Kusch pitched for Alcovy where she had one strikeout while allowing four walks, eight hits and one hit batsman.
After a scoreless first inning, Petree scored the first run of the game off a Blue single in the top of the second.
The Lady Tigers got out of the third inning leaving Eastside with the bases loaded.
However, they were unable to do the same in the fourth inning as the Lady Eagles scored five runs with two outs.
Chambers' triple plated Shakoor to make it 7-0 before Chambers scored on a Petree sacrifice fly in the fifth inning.
Henderson picked up her final three strikeouts in the bottom of the fifth to end the game.
"Once again she did a great job for us. She put us in a position to win and I'm so proud of her," Wood said. "You never know what can happen so we like to keep our intensity up. I want to instill in them to be aggressive even if we're up."
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