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One inning ends Eastside softball season

DEXTER -- Eastside's softball team kept pace with the GACA Class AAA No. 4 ranked team until the fourth inning. That was when West Laurens changed its pace and played small ball to score four runs and eliminate Eastside from advancing to the quarterfinals with a 4-0 win.

After Faith Flanders reached first base on a hit in the bottom of the fourth inning, Laura Spivey bunted her way to first base before a bunt by Reigh Wilcher advanced the runner. With bases loaded following a walk, Whitney Oliver plated two runners on a double.

The other two runs in the inning scored on a bad throw to first on a bunt.

"They pushed the pedal to the metal," Eastside head coach Jason Stokes said. "We expect these kinds of things in close matches. We have skills, we just have to take care of things to win ball games."

The Lady Eagles tried but were unable to get a hit off West Laurens pitcher Abi LeRoy in the final three innings of the game.

"Four runs against a pitcher we scored one run earlier (Wednesday) has to be in the back of their minds. You may think you can but there's always going to be some doubt. Ninety percent of this game is mental," Stokes said.

Eastside had a couple of chances to score in the earlier innings but they could not get runners in scoring position until there were two outs.

"We got things going with two outs but it's tough," Stokes said. "A hit here or there earlier and things could have been different."

Savannah Upshaw, Erin Steele and Amanda Hawkins had the only hits for the Lady Eagles with Hawkins' going for a two-bagger.