Eastside softball run-rules South Gwinnett in six in home opener

COVINGTON — The Lady Eagles had every aspect of their game working beating South Gwinnett 9-1 in six innings in their home opener on Tuesday.

“I thought the ladies did well,” Eastside head coach Heather Wood said. “We hit the ball well and executed well on the bunts and also stealing. I am proud of them and how well we’ve done offensively.”

Caitlin Ray, Molly Moon and Haley Yates paced the Lady Eagles at the plate with two hits each. As a team, Eastside had 11 hits in total and were walked four times.

The Lady Eagles took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning with Ray, Yates and Moon batting the runs in. The home team extended their lead to 5-0 in the next inning with a Ray double plating McKenzie Powell and Brittany Medlin.

After South Gwinnett’s Jackie Mathers scored on a delayed double steal in the fourth, the Lady Eagles scored in the bottom of the inning keeping their five-run lead.

A two-run single by Powell in the fifth padded the Eastside lead before getting the win by run-rule in the sixth off a Yates triple.

Ray also had another extra-base hit, a triple in the first inning, to go with her double in the second.

“One thing I was concerned about was the number of pop-ups we had towards the end,” Wood said. “I want to we reinforce hitting the ball on the ground.”

Moon got the win in the circle striking out seven batters while giving up four hits and two walks.

“I thought she did a great job of keeping us in the game throwing strikes, hitting her spots and staying ahead in the count,” Wood said.

The Lady Eagles will be on the road in their next game traveling to Hampton on Tuesday to start Region 4-AAAA play.