Eastside handed second loss of season

JACKSON -- Eastside's baseball team was unable to get any runs across in the second meeting against Jackson as the Red Devils defeated the Eagles 1-0 Monday.

Following a quiet first inning, the Eagles (16-2, 8-0 Region 8-AAAA) put their leadoff batter aboard in the second inning with a Hunter Ballard single. But Ballard was quickly erased when the Red Devils (10-10, 5-4 Region 2-AAA) turned a double play. Nick Womack reached on a single only to be left standing on first when the inning ended.

Eastside mounted a threat in the third with a pair of two-out singles from Cody Walker and Peyton Pallay, but neither were able to cross the plate and the Eagles found themselves back in the field.

Eagles pitcher Ty Raynor had a good three innings on the mound but soon found himself in trouble in the fourth inning with runners on the corners and only one out. Gray Ritchey entered the game in relief and got out of the jam thanks to Drew Buckhault snagging a pair of hard-hit balls in right field.

In 3 innings of work, Raynor allowed four hits while striking out four and giving up one walk.

Hank Steele doubled down the line for the Eagles in the fifth to put a runner in scoring position with one out. But Eastside again failed to capitalize, leaving another runner stranded. In the bottom of the sixth, a leadoff walk gave the Red Devils a chance to manufacture a run by sacrificing the runner to second. A passed ball moved the runner to third before a sacifice fly plated the only run of the game.

Eastside had a glimmer of hope in the seventh, but a groundout and a pair of strikeouts ended the game with a runner in scoring position.

Ritchey did not give up a hit during his 2 innings but issued two walks. Red Devil pitcher Tyler Walker went the distance, giving up six hits while striking out nine and only walking one.

Eastside will resume region play with a two-game series against Lanier today and Friday.