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Eastside's story: Patient-at-the-plate Eagles walk all over Alcovy Tigers

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Eastside first baseman Musashi Briem gets the ball on a close play before Alcovy's Darius Hill can touch the bag.

COVINGTON -- The biggest difference in Wednesday's game between Eastside and Alcovy is that Eastside took advantage of its situations while Alcovy did not. The result ended with the Eagles winning 8-4 at Tiger Field.

Even though the Tigers (1-1) scored first with a two-run blast by Jake Jones in the first inning, Eastside took advantage of a situation, scoring three runs in the top of the fourth. With no outs and bases loaded, the Eagles (2-0) scored all their runs by walks, showing great patience by not swinging at bad pitches.

"We have some guys that are great strike hitters, which means they're going to take a lot of pitches and they're going to walk," said Eastside head coach Brad Weir. "We emphasized to do the small things and the big things will come."

It wasn't until the fifth inning that Eastside's bats began to come alive, resulting in three more runs. Jake Wright had a two-run homer with Daniel Garrett driving in a run off a triple.

"He has the attitude that he's never whipped at the plate, even when he's 0-2," Weir said of Wright.

The Eagles added two more runs in the top of the final inning off a single by Musashi Briem and a Jerold Sumner double.

"We had some pitches that I was calling on their guys," Weir said. "Their catcher was letting me see some things early and our guys weren't attacking the baseball yet. We got better when I stopped giving them that stuff. But our guys come out battling and they always show up to play baseball. It's been a pleasure to be around these guys."

Alcovy had its chances as well but just couldn't capitalize on them. In the bottom of the fifth, trailing 6-2, the Tigers had the bases loaded with no outs. However, they were unable to get any runs out of the situation. After a scorching line drive was hit back to pitcher Joey Mitchell, he was able to grab it and start a double play.

Alcovy eventually added runs but it was not enough. In the sixth, the Tigers scored on a wild pitch and a groundout by Dan Reagin.

"It's one of those things; that's why it's a game. They (Eastside) did their job," Alcovy head coach Casey Bates said. "It's early right now but we have to do a better job with runners in scoring position. We can't strike out or try to hit home runs with runners in scoring position when you have two strikes. We have to make adjustments at the plate and we're going to learn that. This game is a learning experience. They have to take what they learned and not let it happen again."

Alcovy is scheduled back at home on Friday when it takes on Newton at 5:30 p.m., while Eastside will travel to Valdosta to play in a tournament starting Saturday.