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Luck smiles on Eastside
Eagles avoid loss with Murray County error in seventh

It was just a lazy pop up that looked destined to drop Eastside to 1-5 in Region 8-AAA. But Wednesday was a strange night in Covington.

Murray County right fielder Dylan Jaskowiak lost Randy Loew's pop fly in the lights and instead of a heartbreaking loss, Loew's two-run single gave the Eagles a 5-4 victory and new life in the region race.

"The baseball gods finally smiled on us tonight," Eastside coach Michael Poor said. "We've had it go the other way quite a bit."

With Eastside (5-8, 2-4) trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh, catcher Will Gayler drew a four-pitch walk that loaded the bases with two outs. Loew, who also picked up the win in relief, skied a 1-1 pitch to right field where it didn't appear Jaskowiak ever saw the ball. It fell harmlessly behind first base and Git Aiken (3-for-3, 3 stolen bases) and pinch-runner Sam Johnson raced home for the winning runs.

Before that, Morgan County (11-6, 2-4) erased a 2-0 deficit with two runs in the fifth inning, then grabbed a 4-2 lead in the sixth as Caleb Duvall greeted Loew with a two-run single. But Loew escaped further damage and stranded two runners in the top of the seventh to give Eastside a chance.

"Our pitchers kept us in the game," Poor said. "To their credit (Murray County taking the lead late) didn't affect them."

Eastside took advantage of a Morgan County error to grab an early lead. In the bottom of the first, Aiken ripped an opposite field single, stole second and scored when Bulldogs' shortstop John-Dustin Hawkins couldn't handle Seth Allen's one-hopper.

Eagle starter Tim Roton (no-decision, 4 IP, 0 R) was able to hang onto the lead thanks to some great defense. Morgan County's bases loaded threat in the third ended when Aiken made a shoestring catch in centerfield and Roton got a double play to escape any problems in the fourth.

"Tim did a great job; he was hurt a little bit, has a hip flexor," Poor said. "(But) he chewed up half the game (and) our defense played well. I'm really hoping (Eastside gets hot); it's a grueling season, playing three times a week. I'm happy with any win."