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Morgan County grounds Eagles

MADISON — Morgan County made a statement early in Monday’s game, posting four runs in the first inning, then held on for a 4-3 victory over Eastside.

Eastside (4-5) starting pitcher Chase Raines issued a pair of walks to the top of the Bulldog (6-3) order, allowing the middle of the lineup to take advantage of the opportunity by stringing together key hits. A double, a Drew Hale home run and a RBI-single drove in the four runs for the early cushion.

The score remained 4-0 through five innings as Raines settled in and kept Morgan County from increasing its lead. Raines exited after 4 2/3 innings, allowing five hits, two walks and striking out two, while Dustin Kerbow relieved and got the final out of the fifth. But the Eagles offense struggled to get anything going and as they managed to scatter three hits over the first five innings with Hunter Ballard, Austin Holloway and Chase Raines providing the limited offense.

Eastside scratched out a run in the sixth when Holloway reached on his second single of the game and was plated by Peyton Pallay. Eastside kept themselves in the game with Hank Steele pitching a scoreless sixth inning. The Bulldogs gave Eastside a chance to comeback in the top of the seventh with a trio of walks to load the bases and a throwing error that allowed two runs to score. But with the score 4-3 and runners at second and third, Steele was unable to capitalize and the game came to an end with the Bulldogs still on top.

Seminoles roll behind Read

Salem got a complete game, three-hitter from Ryan Read and rolled to an 11-1 victory over Lithonia Monday.

Read also struck out four in his gem, while Akil Baddoo clubbed a three-run home run to pace Salem (4-4).

The Seminoles hosted M.L. King in a late game Tuesday, and will travel crosstown to play rival Rockdale today at 5:30 p.m.