COVINGTON - What a difference a day makes.
That statement was never more evident than on Tuesday when the Eastside High baseball squad lost to the winless Cedar Shoals Jaguars (1-13 overall, 1-11 Region 8-AAAA, Sub-region B), 6-4, at Eagle Field.
This after a day when the Eagles (5-12, 5-10) shutout crosstown rival Alcovy, 4-0.
But it was obvious from the start that the Eagles were not the same team, although the same players who took the field against the Tigers were the same against the Jaguars.
"I'm really proud of our guys for the way they played today," said Cedar Shoals coach Bret Greene. "For the first time we played as a team."
Cedar Shoals opened the scoring in the second inning when Teon Roach doubled to left field after Eastside starter Cameron Davenport walked the leadoff batter.
Davenport gave up another free pass to load the bases. The next batter went down swinging before another batter reached first on four straight balls to plate a run.
The bases remained loaded when Ryan Duncan came calling, who hit a deep sacrifice fly to right, plating two runs and giving the Jaguars a 3-0 lead.
"We just didn't play the way we played last night," said Eastside coach Michael Poor. "That was a totally different team than it was last night. My team has been a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde all season. I just never know what's going to happen from game to game."
Cedar Shoals put up three more scores in the third by way of reliever Jason Digby.
Eastside made a gallant effort on defense when second baseman Keaton Anglin made a major league scoop to turn a 4-6-3 double play unfortunately that made it just two outs for Cedar Shoals.
Sean Zornig smacked an RBI single, only to later score on an error by the catcher. Will Brooks singled in a run on a ball hit deep to left, and the Jags led 6-0 heading into the bottom of the third.
"We hated to lose this one," said Anglin. "I don't feel that we had any desire today and we didn't play as hard as we usually do."
Eastside picked up its first run in the fourth when Parker singled to left before Joe Thigpen brought him around for the score. Travis Marks doubled to plate two runs, and the Eagles closed the gap, 6-3.
The Eagles caught another break in the sixth when Jones stepped to the plate representing the tying run with men at the corners, reaching on an infield hit before Jared Trust singled to left plating their final run.
The next three Eastside batters went sent packing in order to end the game, giving the Jags their first win.
Eastside will next visit Madison County at 5:30 p.m. on Monday.