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Mishaps, mistakes
Blunders cost Lady Eagles second region game

COVINGTON - Lack of hitting and fundamentals helped the Lady Eagles lose their second Region 8-AAA game to Oconee County 6-3 Thursday.

In Wednesday's game, Eastside lost a 3-2 decision to Morgan County.

Against Oconee County, there were several occasions when the Lady Eagles not only missed relay throws to the plate from the outfield, but held onto the ball and never contested the run.

There was also miscommunication between outfielders when both players seemed to call each other off allowing an out to be turned into a Kimber Ruark double.

"We're young, so early in the season we're going to screw up. The thing that upsets me is that the fundamentals I've taught all summer long ... fly ball communication, we spent 30 minutes on it and the first one that's hit just like yesterday, miscommunication," dissatisfied Eastside coach Jason Stokes said.

"Then relay drill, we work on it all the time. We had a play at the plate, ball coming in from the outfield, we didn't get our feet in position and the relay (throw) looked horrible. And we didn't even throw home twice when the ball was in the outfield. It's like they've never played before."

The Lady Eagles did not look much better offensively, getting only one hit, a double by Bianca Reed in the first inning, while striking out 12 times.

Courtney Poole got the win for the Lady Warriors while Henderson got the loss for Eastside with 12 strikeouts while allowing eight hits (including three doubles) and five walks.

The Lady Warriors got on the board in the top of the second when GeriAnn Glasco doubled to plate Hannah Vaughn.

Two Oconee County mishaps in the bottom of the first inning allowed Bianca Reed and courtesy runner Maryann Fearnow to put the Lady Eagles in the lead.

After keeping Oconee County from scoring in the second, the Lady Warriors were able to tack a run in each of the next five innings.

Eastside's final run, in the bottom of the seventh, came when Emily Almond scored when the Lady Warriors gave up the run for an out.

"The score shouldn't have been anywhere close to that. We didn't play fundamentally sound. We really shouldn't have scored the two runs we scored. They gave it to us on passed balls," Stokes said. "We had one hit (Thursday) night. But they really didn't earn their runs in my opinion. We gave them theirs as well."

Manny Fils can be reached at manny.fils@newtoncitizen.com.