Heritage shuts out Eastside for second time in five days

The Heritage softball team put an end to its first losing streak of the season Wednesday.

Kamryn Toney pitched a gem and helped herself with a run-scoring hit as the Patriots defeated Eastside 4-0 in non-region play.

Heritage (18-2) had dropped games to Alcovy and Dacula in a span of four days after starting the year 17-0, but Toney was masterful in stopping the brief skid. The sophomore right-hander got 15 of her outs on the infield and added five strikeouts - Alexis Debuccio made the only non-infield out when she flew out to center fielder Carri Wilkerson in the first.

Eastside which started five sophomores and three freshmen Wednesday, dropped its seventh consecutive game to fall to 6-9. The Eagles picked up just two singles and a walk against Toney, with the two-out free pass to Madison Whitsitt in the fifth accounting for the last base-runner for the visitors. That was also the only threat of the night for the Eagles and with two on and two outs, Toney got an easy ground out from Brittany Medlin to end the inning.

Heritage led 1-0 on an unearned run but got to Eastside starter Caiti Ray to build a 4-0 cushion.

In the fourth, Wilkerson led off with as single and stole second. After a botched sacrifice by Taylor Moser led to a strikeout, Toney ripped a single up the middle that chased home Wilkerson to make it 2-0.

Heritage tacked on a pair of runs in the sixth. Wilkerson again got it started, this time with an infield single, then stole second. Moser again couldn’t get a bunt down, but this time laced a single to left to put runners at first and third with no outs.

The Patriots’ double steal attempt worked as Eastside couldn’t get Moser at second and Wilkerson raced home for a 3-0 lead.

Two batters later, Heidi Shepherd dropped down a perfect bunt between Ray and third baseman Ashleigh Williams, scoring Moser for the final run of the night.

King University commitment Diamond Callwood led off the bottom of the first with a bunt single, stole second and after stealing third scored the game’s first run when catcher McKenzie Powell’s throw sailed down the left field line.

It was the second time in five days Heritage had picked up a shut out win against Eastside. At last weekend’s Morgan County Tournament, Heritage won 8-0 on its way to capturing the tournament title.