COVINGTON, Ga. – On Friday afternoon, Eastside traveled to Athens to rectify the ship after launching its slate in Region 8-AAAAA with a back-to-back loss against Greenbrier.
The Eagles genuine out a 5-4 win over Clarke Central, but the product was far from pretty. They allowed the gladiators to spread six hits and were forced to put a couple of runs in the seventh to escape with a narrow victory on the road. The final result with a vote in the right column, but head coach Brandon Crumbley was left and wanted more.
In Monday night’s rematch at Eagle’s nest, Crumbley got his wish fulfilled.
Eastside (12-5, 2-2) wasted time putting away Clarke Central a second time as the Eagles drove senior left-handed Cade Mitchell’s arm and an offensive awakening to an 11-1 win in five innings.
“It’s good to bounce back and get another win,” Crumbley said. “The bats are slowly but surely starting to come back to life after a little cold there. It survives and moves on. I know it’s a pun in the madness of Mars, but that’s where it’s. ”
Despite breastfeeding an ailing knee, Mitchell brought the endurance to the mound expected of him. He struck out 11 strokes and allowed just one hit while working his way through four pointless frames.
Mitchell received plenty of running support, as the Eagles put out a run in the first half before stacking at six in the second and four in the third.
Senior Ethan Booth led the record with a 2-for-2 outing and 3 RBI. The Eagles also received contributions from a hit from sophomore Hunter Denny, juniors Slade Holloway and Kyle Shivers, and seniors Mason Pool, Sambo Button and Tanner Middlebrooks.
Eastside are scheduled to return to the diamond on Tuesday for a double header on the way to another regional opponent in Johnson. Despite falling to 0-2 to start the regional game, a sweep of the Knights would put the Eagles two games over 0.500 in the league.
“The key right now, as I said, is just to survive and move on,” Crumbley said. “Keep winning, go to the next series and keep painting.”