BUFORD — After winning the first game in dramatic fashion 12-4, the Lady Eagles let Lanier sneak in to win the second game 5-4 in the first round of the Region 8-AAAA softball tournament forcing the third and deciding game today at 5:55 p.m.
In the first game, Eastside had to come back from a 3-1 deficit to tie the game sending it into extra innings. That’s when the Lady Eagles bats came alive and they started forcing turnover taking advantage of them. Eastside scored nine runs while hold the Lady Longhorns to one run in the win.
Lanier started the second game of the series taking advantage of several Eastside mishaps allowing them to score two runs in the top of the first. However, the Lady Eagles responded by tying the game with a Caiti Ray double and an Ashleigh Williams single.
With two outs in the top of the second inning, Eastside walked their two top offensive threats to load the bases. A fortunate hit on a hit blooper just out of reach of the Eastside defender by Kaylee Ramos plated two runs giving the Lady Longhorns another two-run lead.
“That bloop hit came back to haunt us,” Eastside head coach Jason Stokes said. “I still would’ve done it again because (Ramos) hadn’t done anything in three games against us.”
Eastside cut the lead to one run in the third but gave it away in the fifth. The Lady Eagles had a chance to tie the game in the final inning but left runner stranded on third base.
The Lady Eagles had another chance to score another run in the fourth inning with Brittany Medlin sitting on third with one out needing a hit or a long sacrifice out. Instead, the batter hit a shallow pop-up in foul territory for the second out with the third out coming on a ball hit to the first baseman.
“She could’ve tagged but it was one of those things where I was trying to get out of the way because I didn’t know where the ball was,” Stokes said. “By the time I looked up it was too late for me to say anything. They were scared to death we were going to tie that game up.”