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Lady Eagles get six wins over six days

COVINGTON -- Eastside's softball team ended its Region 4-AAA play with a 17-0 blanking over Drew on Tuesday and improved its record by going 6-2 in the past week.

The Lady Eagles (18-11, 6-2) had no trouble against Drew as the scored 10 runs in the first inning before adding seven more in the home half of the second.

After Taylor Causey hit a base-clearing double to make it 3-0 in the bottom of the first inning, the Lady Eagles scored four of the final seven runs on walks with bases loaded.

Once Eastside scored the necessary runs to win by mercy rule, the base runners walked off base early on purpose to help Drew get the three outs needed to end the inning.

Eastside pitcher Reese Rogers got the win facing 10 batters while striking out seven batters.

The Lady Eagles will end their season today against St. Pius.

After losing to Collins Hill 10-0 to start the 19th Annual Brookwood Invitational on Sept. 21, the Lady Eagles bounced back on Friday to romp Central Gwinnett by a score of 19-2. Eastside's 19 runs came on 16 hits with Megan Hallock, Erin Steele, Amanda Hawkins and Emily Almand getting three hits each. Hawkins helped punctuate the win with a home run.

Reese Rogers picked up the win allowing three hits while striking out 12 batters.

In the final pool-play game against Houston County, Jessica Burroughs, who has committed to Florida State, was involved in a pitchers duel with Causey. The Eastside pitcher proved that she was up to the task and went toe-to-toe with Burroughs throughout seven innings.

Causey allowed two hits while walking one and striking out seven compared to Burrough's three hits, three walks and 11 strikeouts. However, Causey's lone walk to the first batter of the game proved to be Eastside's undoing as she was the only run to score in the 1-0 loss.

During tournament play on Saturday in Snellville, Eastside had games against Veterans, Norcross and South Gwinnett.

The Lady Eagles started the day with a 6-3 win over Veterans before beating Norcross 8-6 with a walk-off double by Steele. Eastside swept its bracket with a 3-0 win over South Gwinnett.

Steele paced the Lady Eagles during bracket play with three hits with Causey, Almand, Hawkins, Bianca Reed and Victoria Reich each getting two hits.

Joining Steele with an extra-base hit were Almand (double), Reed (double) and Hawkins (home run).

The Lady Eagles returned to region play with 16-0 road game against Henry County on Monday.

Causey again started in the circle and yielded one hit while fanning 10 batters on her way to a 4-inning, run rule shut-out.

Eastside amassed 20 hits in the four innings where Hawkins and Steele set the pace going 4-for-4. Of Hawkins' four hits, three went yard as she had six RBI's for the game. Steele also had a home run with an in-the-park homer. Causey helped her cause going 3-for-4 with three doubles.