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Five Eagles make all-region baseball team

COVINGTON -- Eastside's baseball team turned some heads in the region when five players were named to the All-Region 8-AAAA team.

The Eagles, along with Stephens County and Walnut Grove, had five players on the team, followed by Lumpkin County with four, Lanier with three and Madison County with one.

Mushashi Briem was voted as the third baseman with Drew Buckhault and Hunter Ballard playing outfield and Peyton Pallay and Daniel Garrett on the mound.

Pallay and Garrett were a good duo, combining for over half of Eastside's 21 wins. Garrett, with a 2.67 ERA, had a 7-0 record with Pallay going 5-0 and allowing two earned runs for a 0.42 ERA.

Both Ballard and Buckhault did a good job covering the outfield as Ballard had a .989 fielding average with Buckhault cleanly earning .977.

Not only did they field well, they also did their jobs at the plate. Buckhault had a .500 batting average with 11 extra-base hits. Of those, six were doubles with three triples and two home runs. He also helped provide a lot of the Eagles' runs, hitting 22 RBIs.

Ballard, who had two doubles and hit .375, scored 11 times while driving in seven more.

As the all-region third baseman, Briem had 23 assists and turned one double play. Offensively, he had a .362 average while going yard four times and hitting two doubles.

Stephens County had the region's top players as Ryan Cleveland was Region 8-AAAA Hitter of the Year and Austin Lord received Pitcher of the Year honors.

The top position players were Lanier's TJ Richardson (catcher), Stephens County's Davis McCall (second base) and Walnut Grove's Nate Blanchard (shortstop). Lumpkin County's Josh Nothdorft and Madison County's Bo Hardemon were also named to the infield. Joining Buckhault and Ballard in the outfield are Lumpkin County's Daniel McCrary and Lord.

Lanier's Matt Ramsey was voted utility player and Walnut Grove's Bryce Shupe as designated hitter.

The all-region pitching staff was comprised of Pallay, Garrett, McCrary, Kain Dyer-Hewett (Stephens County), Chandler Hyman (Walnut Grove), Kameron Doster (Lanier), Andrew Robinson (Walnut Grove), Drew Merritt (Walnut Grove) and Jacob Haskell (Lumpkin County).

Leading his team to the Class AAAA playoffs as the No. 4 seed in the region, Walnut Grove's Danny Daigle was awarded the Coach of the Year.