Eastside’s Madison Hopper catches the ball getting Newton’s Ashton McKinnon out at first base in the second inning on Monday. (Staff photo: Manny Fils)
COVINGTON — Eastside’s softball team took advantage of several Newton miscues in their come from behind win beating their cross-town rival 5-2 on Monday.
“We gave them a few runs,” Newton head coach Ashley Coles said. “I think everyone that’s in this stadium knows it. They played hard, we played hard but they came out with the win.”
Trailing 2-1 in the top of the sixth inning, Eastside’s Brittany Medlin was able to reach second base on what should have a been a routine when out when Newton’s right fielder ran into Ashton McKinnon knocking the ball out of her glove. Medlin tied the game scoring on a double steal before the second run came across on the throw back to second base giving the Lady Eagles the lead.
Eastside extended their lead in the seventh when Ally Allgood scored when Medlin beat the throw to first base on bunt before Taz Powell took advantage of the Lady Rams’ defensive indecisiveness making it a 5-2 contest.
The Lady Rams fielders collided into each other three times during the game but only once did it result in a dropped ball.
“They were not communicating, not doing the things we practice,” Coles said. “When things get tough and the pressure is on you have to play at a higher level, you can’t let it get to you. I think sometimes that’s what happens when you have such a young class out there.”
The Lady Eagles were cruising defensively keeping the Newton off balance behind the pitching of Molly Moon until the fifth inning.
After starting off with an error putting McKinnon on base, a wild pitch allowed her to tie the game. Newton took the lead as a Caitlin Bowen double plated Madison Kinard giving the Lady Rams the 2-1 lead.
“Right now it’s most important for this team is not being down,” Eastside head coach Heather Wood said. “We had a couple of innings defensively and offensively but what I’m trying to reinforce is to stay up and not getting down making sure we battle through each of the innings and battle through the game.”
Moon kept the Lady Eagles in the game pitching 4 1/3 innings allowing three hits while striking out two batters.
Caitlin Ray finished off the fifth before striking out five batters in the final two innings.
“I felt like Molly kept us in the game, we didn’t help her offensively. I thought Molly did great and I thought Caitlin Ray coming in did a good job closing for us,” Wood said.
Newton’s Brittney Ellis only gave up five hits in 6 1/3 innings of work walking three batters and striking out four.
“She played a good game, especially for a freshman coming out in such a big game like that with a little pressure that comes with playing our cross-town rival,” Coles said. “I think she came out poised and threw well. I think she threw well enough to win.