Eastside sweeps Newton

COVINGTON -- Eastside's baseball team had Newton's number as it swept the Rams with a 15-0 win on Friday and a 14-12 come-from behind win on Saturday.

Eastside pitcher Peyton Pallay shut down the Rams, holding them hitless in Friday's game at Eastside and ending the game in three innings,

The Eastside southpaw had one base runner who reached on an error but quickly eliminated him after picking him off at first base.

The Eagles on the other hand had plenty of base runners as they took advantage of Newton's pitching with 10 hits and several mistakes. Eastside started the game offensively with Pallay reaching on a single and stealing second before being thrown out by Newton catcher Floyd Ellis while trying to steal third. A walk by Mushashi Briem ended as the Eagles' first run, scoring on a Daniel Garrett single.

The second inning started with a Hunter Ballard lead-off walk followed by a single from Hank Steele. Ballard made it 2-0 on a ground-out by Chase Chancey.

The Eagles took full advantage of a few Newton errors and walks and mixed in a few hits with one out in the bottom of the third. Leading 14-0 with bases loaded, Eastside got the 15th run of the game imposing the mercy rule on a walk.

In Saturday's game at Newton, the Rams exploded with seven runs in the bottom of the first inning.

With bases loaded, a walk and a single by Levi Langford started the scoring barrage. The Eagles started to implode with three more errors and another walk recorded before they were able to get out of the inning.

Eastside began to make their comeback, scoring two runs in the second before each team scored in the third to make it 8-3 to start the fourth. The Eagles made their charge back with back-to-back singles by Nick Womack, Chase Chancey and Cody Walker. With hits by Garrett, Drew Buckhault and Hunter Ballard, Eastside plated six runs with the seventh coming off a Newton error to give the Eagles a 10-8 lead.

The Eagles increased their lead with a run in the sixth and three more in the seventh inning to make it 14-8. But the Rams fought back to load the bases with one out in the bottom of the seventh. Newton closed the gap with two outs as a result of a hit batsmen, wild pitch and a walk allowed to make it 14-11 with two outs. Newton's final run came on an Ellis single before Eastside pitcher Evan House induced a groundout to the game.