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Eagles top Lanier to remain perfect in region

Submitted Photo Eastside shortstop Hank Steele gets ready for a Lanier batter to hit the ball during Wednesday's Pink-Out.

Submitted Photo Eastside shortstop Hank Steele gets ready for a Lanier batter to hit the ball during Wednesday's Pink-Out.

COVINGTON -- Eastside's defense came to play behind pitcher Peyton Pallay as the Eagles remained perfect in Region 8-AAAA play following their 5-1 win over Lanier on Wednesday.

While sporting pink jerseys to help raise awareness for breast cancer, the Longhorns (13-6, 6-3) were unable to get anything going as Pallay and the Eagle defense kept them from getting a hit through the first three innings.

The Eagles' (17-2, 9-0) offense was hitting the ball but was unable to string enough together to get on the scoreboard. Eastside had a pair of singles from Pallay, a double from Drew Buckhault and a triple from Musashi Briem that were scattered over the first three innings.

Lanier broke the stalemate in the fourth with a triple down the right field line that turned into a run before its half of inning was over.

But Eastside was able to shift the momentum in the bottom of the inning by getting back-to-back doubles from Hunter Ballard and Buckhault followed by a home run from Nick Womack to give the Eagles a lead that they would not relinquish.

"I am pleased with the overall effort of the team today," Eastside head coach Jon Ayres said. "We hit the ball well, played solid defense and got a great outing from Peyton."

Pallay got a complete game win, throwing six innings, allowing two hits and a walk while recording six strikeouts.

Eastside's offense added a couple of insurance runs in the fifth inning courtesy of a single off the bat of Cody Walker, a double from Briem and a two-RBI single from Womack to make the final score 5-1.

"We beat a quality team in Lanier and we will need to have the same type of effort on Friday to come away with a win," Ayres said.

Eastside will travel to Lanier for the second game of the series today.