Eastside advances in region championship with 5-4 win

JACKSON -- Eastside's Taylor Causey was the hero in Monday's Region 4-AAA tournament game as they Lady Eagles erased whatever mental block they had against Jackson with a 5-4 win.

The Lady Red Devils seemed to have Eastside's number the over the last two seasons beating them all four of their meetings including two losses in the region championship game.

It appeared as if history was going to repeat itself as Jackson's Kaitlyn Moore hit a two-run dinger to tie the game in the top of the fifth inning.

"For some reason they're our kryptonite and I don't get it. I feel like we're a much better ball club all the way around. But they just seemed to come up with the big hit at the right situation," Eastside head coach Jason Stokes said.

In the visitors half of the final inning, the curse looked like it going to strike again as Jackson had runners on the corners with two outs and the heart of the order up to bat. But Causey was able to stare down the batter for the final strike out.

"She is as cool a cucumber," Stokes said of Causey. "It seems like nothing ever rattles her or even if something goes well, you see no expression what so ever."

Causey finished the game with eight strikeouts while walking two and batters and giving up seven hits. The Lady Eagles also committed four errors.

In the bottom of the final inning, Amanda Hawkins ripped a single to get on base before Causey, who was 3-for-4 to pace Eastside, hit the ball to right field to get on base. But Jackson's third error of the game proved to be costly as the fielder allowed the ball to get past her allowing Hawkins to score the winning run.

Eastside also gave up runs due to errors. In the first inning, Jackson had two hits while Eastside committed two errors tp give the Lady Red Devils a 2-0 lead.

Bianca Reed, who also scoed in the foirst inning for Eastside, tied the game ion the third on a wild pitch. Still in the third, a slap hit by Savannah Upshaw allowed the Lady Eagles to grab the lead before Upshaw scored to give the Lady Eagkles a 4-2 lead.

The Lady Eagles contiinue theur run to win the region championship today at 6:30 p.m. against Locust Grove.

"They beat us 2-1 in the regular season but we didn't have Taylor pitching," Stokes said. "We gave them both their scores that they hit. It should be an interesting match up."