Eastside splits with Lanier in Region 8-AAAA

Deciding game at 5:55 p.m. at Lanier

— After losing 5-0 to the Lady Longhorns in the first game, Eastside's Reese Rogers took care of things in the circle to give the Lady Eagles a close 2-1 decision forcing a third game tonight at 5:55 at Lanier High School.

The difference between the two games was Eastside's offense. The Lady Eagles did better in the second game hitting the ball eight times. Lexi Henson, who had a double, and Cabi Ray paced the team with two hits each. They Lady Eagles were able to hit Keisha Stone but unfortunately they were unable to do the same thing against Kaylee Ramos in the first game and the likely pitcher they will see today. The first game only saw Eastside with one hit by Kerstin Hilley.

Even though Eastside won the second game forcing the third game, Lady Eagles head coach Jason Stokes does not feel it was enough to give them the momentum heading into the rubber game.

"If we would've won 10-0 it would be an advantage. But they still that same girl that threw against us. That takes away any type of momentum we may have had. The girls know what we have to do, we have to come out and put the ball in play. If we don't put the ball in play we can't win," Stokes said.

The Lady Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on Henson's double. A bad throw by the Lady Longhorns in the third inning allowed Jordan Hilty to make it 2-0.

Lanier fought back scoring in the fifth inning. But Reese was able to shut down the Lady Longhorns getting a strike out to end the inning while getting two more strikeouts in the sixth and seventh inning.

The Lady Eagles had a chance to take a big lead in the first game as they has bases loaded with one out. But the Lady Longhorns defense weer able to get the final two outs maintaining the one-run lead. Lanier on the other hand was able to take advantage of their bases-loaded situation scoring twice. Lanier could have added two more runs if not for the quick play by pitcher Rogers throwing the ball to catcher Bailey Stewart for the force out.

"In that first game, that girl stuck out 12. We have to do some things as far as putting the ball in play. But she's wild. We had several opportunities to make things happen but things just didn't work out.

Lanier scored two more in the fifth to take the first game," Stokes said.

"Sometime I'll come to the game, coach (Michael) Poor and I talk about it, about how we don't feel good. But (Tuesday) with their attitudes, we felt we could come in here and take two from them. The girls felt the same exact way."