STOCKBRIDGE -- After dominating Stockbridge by a score of 15-2 earlier in the season, Eastside's baseball team was stunned by a 13-3 loss to the Tigers on Wednesday.
The Eagles (7-4 overall, 7-2 in Region 4-AAA) took command of the game early, scoring what turned out to be all of their runs in the first inning. Joey Mitchell and Jake Wright both singled before Musashi Briem drew a walk to load the bases. The next hitter, Tre Sims, hit a base-clearing triple to right field to plate the runners.
Eastside pitcher Ty Raynor looked like he was in control after getting two quick outs in the home half of the inning. But the Tigers (6-11, 4-5) put were able to get some base runners courtesy of an error and a single before the next batter pounded out a double to make the score 3-2 at the close of the inning.
Stockbridge hit Raynor hard in the third inning by stringing together four consecutive hits, three of which were doubles as another three runs crossed the plate. Wright came in to relieve Raynor as he eventually got the Eagles out of the inning.
Things continued to spiral against Eastside as Stockbridge had four batters reach base without the benefit of getting a hit. The runners got on as a result of an error, a couple of walks and a batter hit by a pitch. A wild pitch and a double later, the Tigers scored three runs, putting the game out of reach.
With senior Matt Hitchcock assuming the pitching duties for the Eagles in the sixth inning, Stockbridge would load the bases again with an error, a hit batsman and a walk before Hitchcock issued another walk which forced in a run. The last Tiger to the plate hit a triple, driving in three runs and ending the game as the Eagles suffered the run-rule loss.
The Eagles ended a five-game win streak and are 10-2 for the month of March. Their next game will be on Tuesday at Sandy Creek.