Photo by Christine Troyke
DEXTER -- A line drive by Savannah Upshaw and a sturdy defense behind pitcher Taylor Causey proved to be enough for the Lady Eagles to force a third game in the second round of the Class AAA playoffs after splitting the first two with West Laurens on Wednesday.
The deciding game for a trip to Columbus for the state finals will be played today at 5 p.m..
It didn't take long for Eastside to take a lead in the second game as Upshaw crushed the ball into left field to plate Victoria Reich and give the Lady Eagles a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.
Eastside added another run to their tally in the sixth inning when Bianca Reed hit a double to bring Megan Hallock home from first base.
It looked like the Lady Eagles were going to need that extra run provided by Reed when the Lady Raiders loaded the bases with two outs. But Causey was able to muster up one more strike out to win the second game of the series.
Causey ended the first two games of the series 10 strikeouts -- eight in the second game. She also walked five batters, hit one batsman while allowing 11 hits.
The Lady Eagles had the lead in the first game before Abi LeRoy drove the ball over the fence for a two-run dinger giving West Laurens a 2-1 lead. They went on to add two more runs in the bottom of the sixth for the 4-1 win.
The Lady Eagles did not help themselves in either game as they committed four errors in the first game which resulted in two runs being scored. Even though they had an error in the second game, their defense was able too overcome the mistake before any damage occurred.
The Lady Eagles combined for eight hits in the two games with Reed, Causey and Upshaw getting two hits each.