Eastside goes 3-0 for the week

COVINGTON -- Eastside baseball team improved their overall record to 7-2 and a perfect 2-0 in Region 4-AAA play winning all three games last week.

The Eagles started the week with a 12-7 win before beating Sandy Creek 11-6 in region play and closing the week with an 8-2 win.

Eastside had 13 extra base hits in the week with four home runs, one triple and eight doubles.

Going yard for the Eagles were Jake Wright, Tre Sims, David VanLuven and Musashi Briem. Eastside's lone three-bagger, coming against Sandy Creek, was hit be Joey Mitchell while Jerold Sumner and Briem had two doubles. Also hitting doubles were Keith Buckhault, Daniel Garrett, Cody Walker and VanLuven.

All three Eastside winning pitchers -- Peyton Pallay, Garrett and Wright -- were on the hill for five innings.

Against Salem, Garret allowed two walks while giving up eight hits with Matt Hitchcock and Pallay closing out the game. Hitchcock and Pallay combined to allow only a hit apiece while issuing no walks and one run. Eastside out hit the Seminoles with eleven hits of their own.

In their region game, VanLeuven put the Eagles on the scoreboard in the second inning with a towering two-run homer. Eastside would plate six runs in the fourth inning with singles off the bats of Hitchcock, VanLeuven, Walker and Buckhault and a no-doubt three run homer by Briem. With the score 8-1 at the top of the sixth inning, Wright, who had nine strikeouts while allowing five hits and four walks, took to the mound as the Eagles almost let the Patriots back into the game. After the leadoff batter reached on error, the second man to the plate hit a two-run homer and all of a sudden the Sandy Creek team seemed to have new life. Wright's evening ended after he issued walks to the next two batters. Hitchcock came in relief to get the Eagles out of the inning, but not until the Patriots had scored three more runs on a single, a double and a passed ball to narrow the margin to 8-6. Eastside added three runs to their cushion in the bottom half of the inning after a lead-off triple Mitchell was followed by a walk to Wright, a single by Briem and a double by Garrett. Sandy Creek would threaten again in the seventh inning with Drew Buckhault taking over the pitching duties for Eastside. After inducing a lead-off ground out to short and hitting the second batter, Buckhault allowed a hit from the next batter and walked the fourth man of the inning to load the bases. But Buckhault took care of business by striking out the final two batters to seal the 11-6 victory for Eastside.

The Eagles travelled to Monticello for their third game of the week where they came away with an 8-2 win. Pallay, a sophomore, took the mound making his first start of the season. After Pallay started well with two quick outs, the Hurricanes got walked before the pitche give up a double for a 1-0 lead. The other Monticello run came courtesy of an Eastside fielding error. Pallay settled in and notched a solid performance allowing five hits over four innings while striking out seven batters. Eastside took a 3-2 lead in the third inning after a pair of walks put the Eagles on the bases. Mitchell's RBI single brought the first run in and Briem's single brought in the other two runs. The Eagles would not relinquish the lead and would add to it each inning with a run in the fourth and fifth, two runs in the sixth and a final run in the seventh.

Senior Tyler Bailey finished the pitching duties for Eastside with a strong three inning performance in which he did not allow a hit while striking out five and walking two.