COVINGTON - The Eastside softball team started its game a little sloppy against Jackson County before getting it together to run-rule the Lady Panthers 13-1 in four innings Tuesday.
After Eastside pitcher Amanda Henderson walked Haley Shinall, a throwing error allowed Shinall to score.
"We looked lazy, a little sloppy in the beginning; a lack of communication," Eastside coach Heather Wood said. "We looked a little sloppy the first inning on defense, but we settled down and our bats were able to keep us going and we settled down."
But Henderson settled down to finish the game with 10 strikeouts in four innings of work. She did not give up any hits and allowed only two base runners on a walk and hit batter.
"Amanda did a great job. So far this season, she's done a great job on the mound. I've been very pleased with her. She's kept us in every ball game, and that gives us a chance to win," Wood said.
Eastside (13-2-1 overall, 4-0 in 8-AAA) tied the game in the home half of the first inning when Bri Chambers scored on a Henderson sacrifice fly.
Then with two outs, Shea Shepherd drove the ball out of the park for a three-run homer to give the Lady Eagles a 4-1 lead.
"She's (Shepherd) stepped up for us as a senior. Our bats came around today. I thought everybody did a good job offensively," Wood said.
While Shepherd, who had two hits, had the only extra-base hit, Sierra Petree and Amanda Hawkins had two each as well.
While the Lady Eagles earned a lot of their runs, some were unearned.
In the third inning where Eastside scored four times, three were unearned.
After courtesy runner Kenya Shakoor scored on a Hawkins' single, Petree and Hawkins scored on an error in the outfield while Shepherd came in on a Shinall wild pitch.
The same thing happened in the fourth inning with Kayla Jones, Chambers, Shakoor and Petree scoring on Lady Panthers mistakes.
"We're going to continue to be aggressive," Wood said. "One thing I've instilled in them is not to play down to our competition."
Eastside slammed the door on Jackson County when Jessica Davenport scored on a Kayla Bruno single with two outs.
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