SUGAR HILL — Lanier was able to get multiple hits in several innings while the Eagles failed to do the same in the 7-2 loss to the Longhorns on Wednesday.
The Ealgles went from a three-way for first place in Region 8-AAAA to fourth place as a result of the loss. Lanier, along with the Stephens County and Walnut Grove, remain without a loss in the region. The Longhorns, at 5-0 in region play, hold a half-game lead for first place to 4-0 Stephens County and are a game ahead of 3-0 Walnut Grove.
Eastside, 4-1 in the region, had seven hits in with multiple hits coming in the innings they scored.
Drew Buckhault singled in the second inning and advanced to second before Peyton Pallay’s double gave the Eagles the lead. They got two hits in the third inning allowing Josh Sims to score on an Austin Holloway single.
The Eagles had hits in the fourth, fifth and seventh inning but were unable to get another hit to drive the runner home.
Eastside had several chances to add more runs to their tally leaving seven runners on base.
Pacing the Eagles at the plate was Hunter Ballard who with two hits.
Lanier’s nine hits were concentrated into three innings. The Longhorns scored twice in the third and fourth inning while crossing the plate three times in the fifth.
The Longhorns were able to tie the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the third with RBI singles by Cameron Coursey and Matthew Ramsey.
Lanier took the 4-2 lead in the fourth with a Coursey single and a Bryan Groop double.
An error in the fifth inning gave Lanier a chance to add another run to their tally scoring three times on three hits.
The Eagles will have a chance to even the series when the two face off at Eastside today at 5:55 p.m.