JACKSON -- Eastside's baseball team won its fifth straight game, topping Jackson 6-4 on Monday.
The Eagles (13-3 overall, 7-1 in Region 4-AAA play) jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Cody Walker drew a walk before he was driven in two batters later on the strength of a home run blast by Keith Buckhault.
Pitching for Eastside was led by Daniel Garrett, who cruised through the first three innings, allowing only one base runner.
Buckhault went long for the second time in the game to make it 3-0 in the top of the third. The Eastside half of the fourth inning saw Matt Hitchcock draw a leadoff walk before Walker reached on a single and Joey Mitchell reached on an error to load the bases for Buckhault. The Red Devils (8-6, 5-3) pitcher gave up a run by walking Buckhault rather than giving him a better chance to hit his third homer.
The Jackson bats came alive in the fourth as Garrett yielded three hits, and another batter reached on an error. Jackson severely closed the gap, scoring three runs to make it a 4-3 game with the Eagles maintaining the lead.
The Eagles put a couple of insurance runs on the board in the sixth when relief pitcher Tyler Bailey drew a leadoff walk and David VanLeuven singled. Both the pitcher and catcher were replaced on the base paths by pinch runners Drew Buckhault and Tre Sims. After an errant throw on a pickoff attempt at first by the catcher, chaos ensued and both runners scored as the Red Devils threw the ball around the field. Jackson added a single run in the sixth courtesy of a walk, a hit and an Eastside error. But that was the extent of the scoring. The Eagles will face Stockbridge High School in their next outing today.Salem pitching shaky in 8-1 lossLOGANVILLE -- Salem's four pitchers were a bit ineffective as they gave up double-digit hits in its 8-1 loss to Red Devils while its own bats were quiet on Monday.
"Although we didn't hit the ball at all, we still were right in the game till the fifth inning when they put it out of reach," Salem head coach Chad Kitchens said. "We still made some self-inflicted wounds that prolonged innings. We decided to switch pitchers often to mix up the looks and it seemed to help a little. But we have to hit and make plays in order to have a chance. I was encouraged that we competed pretty well. We need to continue to work to improve overall and get ready for Wednesday."
Getting Salem's only hit was junior Zach Bailey.
Pitching for the Seminoles were Garrett Needham (1.2 innings), Adam Hood (2.1), Ryan Read (.1) and Eric Bechet (1.2).
Salem will be at home today at 5:30 when Loganville comes to visit in the rematch.