Saturday, March 24, 2012
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COVINGTON -- Eastside's baseball team notched three region wins over their last three games with victories over Henry County (23-1), Locust Grove (7-6) and Drew (16-0). The Eagles record now stands at 11-3 overall and 6-1 within Region 4-AAA.
The Eagles traveled to Riverdale to play Drew on Thursday and came away with a 16-0 victory. Ty Raynor got the start on the mound for the Eagles and made the most of it by pitching a no-hitter in the run-ruled four inning game. Raynor faced thirteen Titans, striking out ten while walking one. At the plate, the Eagles pounded out thirteen hits with Cody Walker and Matt Hitchcock leading the team by going 3-for-4 on the night. Walker had a chance to hit for the cycle as he had a double, triple and an in-the-park grand slam home run. Also hitting a home run blast for Eastside was Musashi Briem who went 2-for-4 on the night. Jake Wright also went 2-for-4 hitting a triple and a single. Other Eagles reaching base with singles were Keith Buckhault, Daniel Garrett and Jerold Sumner.
On Friday March 16 against Henry County, the Eagles garnered a total of 19 hits while the Warhawks could only muster a single hit. The Eagles hit throughout the lineup with Walker, Joey Mitchell, Keith Buckhault and Briem racking up three hits apiece while Wright, Hitchcock and Drew Buckhault each had a pair of hits with Sumner getting one. Taking care of the pitching duties for Eastside were Drew Buckhault and Hitchcock. Buckhault allowed one hit over four innings while striking out six and walking two. Hitchcock finished the game with a perfect three up three down inning striking out all three batters that he faced.
In what proved to be their best competition of the week, Eastside battled hard against Locust Grove as the game went back and forth. The hitting was close but the Eagles managed to best the Wildcats out hitting them 10 to eight. Daniel Garrett got the start for Eastside on the mound and allowed seven hits over his 4- innings of work while striking out three and walking only one. Offensively, Mitchell and Wright both had multi-hit games while both Buckhault's, Hitchcock, Sumner, Garrett and Briem each had a hit of their own. Wright served as the closer for Eastside and finished the pitching duties with 2- innings of strong work allowing only one hit while striking out five.