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Briem homers twice to lift Eagles over Knights

GAINESVILLE -- Two home runs by Eastside's Musashi Briem helped the Eagles remain atop the Region 8-AAAA standings with a 13-3 win over Johnson, Gainesville on Monday.

Eastside's Gray Ritchey got the start on the mound for the Eagles (15-1, 7-0) with a solid effort through the first two innings keeping the Knights (0-8, 0-7) off the scoreboard.

Ritchey struggled in the third after recording two quick outs, but the freshman gave up a trio of walks mixed in with a trio of base hits to make the score 4-3 with bases loaded.

While the Knights thought that they were finally going to get their first win of the season with a big upset, senior Daniel Garrett took over pitching responsibilities to get Eastside out of the jam and end the threat. Garrett kept Johnson off balance for the remainder of the game; the Knights would not advance a runner past second base for the duration of the contest.

Eastside added to its 4-3 win in the third inning with a two-run homer by Briem in the fourth to make it 6-3. The first four Eastside runs were provided by a single from Evan House in the second and a double from Briem that produced a pair of runs. The offense continued in the third with back-to-back doubles from Drew Buckhault and Garrett that plated two more runs.

House collected an RBI in the fifth and Hunter Ballard doubled in the sixth to make the score 8-3. The seventh inning saw the Knights load the bases on a pair of walks and an error to set the table for Briem's grand slam to clear the bases. Ballard and Travis Smith also singled before the inning came to a close.

The Eagles will complete the series today as they host Johnson at 5:55.