COVINGTON — Eastside’s baseball team was able to hold off a charge against Newton edging out the Rams for the 7-6 win on Tuesday.
The Eagles (1-2) made of the most of their time at the plate getting seven hits with Hunter Ballard, Austin Holloway and Hank Steele getting two hits each. Eastside also showed patience at the plate getting put on the bases with four walks as Drew Buckhault getting two of them.
Eastside also made the most out of their pitching staff using six pitchers in the win. Pitching for the Eagles were Josh Sims, Holloway, Buckhault, Steele, Travis Smith with Chase Raines getting the win.
“We used six pitchers in preparation for region play and these early season tight games will help us grow as a baseball team,” Eastside head coach Jon Ayers said.
Buckhault got the start on the hill for the Eagles and after yielding a leadoff single to MJ Boykin, Buckhault settled in to pitch a scoreless first inning.
The Eagles had redemption on their minds after losing the first county-rival game 3-2 at Newton. They made a statement early against Newton starter Kenny Glover with a Ballard single and an Holloway double. Glover walked Buckhault to load the bases for senior Steele who ripped double to the gap to clear the bases. Austin Kerbow joined the hit parade with a single through the left side before Connor Hewell collected an RBI by plating Steele. Kerbow made it 5-0 on a passed ball letting Eastside jump out to an early lead.
After scoring in the bottom of the fourth to make it 6-0, Newton (2-3) mounted a comeback in the fifth inning scoring four runs off Holloway, a freshman pitcher.
A double by Allen Bowen plated Boykin before Shawn Guckenberger plated Tristan McInerny to make it 6-2. An error allowed Bowen to score before Guckenberger crossed the plate to make it 6-4.
Eastside responded by scoring in the home half of the inning to increase Eastside’s lead to three runs.
The Eagles sent yet another pitcher to the mound for the sixth inning as Sims took the hill. The Rams still had plenty of fight left in them as they started the inning strong with a double down the line from Mason Calloway followed by another double from Boykin to plate Calloway to make it 7-5 with a Boykin in scoring position. A base hit by by Bowen brought Boykin home as Newton narrowed the gap to 7-6 prior to the inning ending.
Newton’s Joshua Prince gave the Rams hope with a base hit through the left side to but Steele took care of business by striking out the next two batters to secure the 7-6 victory for the Eagles.
“I am very proud of our team,” Ayers said. “Our players did a great job of keeping their composure and focusing on the baseball game.”
Newton finished the game with 11 hits. Boykin led the Rams offensively going 3-for-4 with Allen, Glover and Prince getting two hits each.