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Eastside blanks Alcovy in region tourney, 8-0
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Round one: Eastside.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Lady Eagles took game one of the Region 8-AAAA Softball Tournament by silencing Alcovy 8-0 at Eagle Field.

Eastside (24-6-1 overall, 12-1 region), the No. 1 seed, dominated both offensively and defensively from the beginning, leaving No. 8 Alcovy (16-11, 5-8) with little chance for a comeback.

Amanda Henderson struck out 16 batters, including eight out of the first nine, en route to a complete game one-hit shutout.

"Amanda did a great job for us today," said Eastside head coach Heather Wood. "It was important for us to come out with a win right off just to give us confidence going into the tournament, and to keep us from having to work our way up from the losers bracket."

Henderson helped her own cause at the plate by turning in a 2-for-3 performance with two RBIs and one run scored.

"She's been very, very consistent for us," said Wood, "and I expect great things from her for the rest of the season."

Eastside's Brianna Chambers and Sabrina Chandler each had three hits and scored one run. Sierra Petree and Brandi Richards contributed with two RBIs apiece.

Alcovy freshman Dallas Hardin recorded the loss, despite striking out four and allowing four earned runs on 10 hits.

Amber Melton recorded Alcovy's lone hit - a solid single straight the middle in the top of the third inning.

"Pitching-wise we've been very, very solid," added Wood. "All of our pitchers have been very consistent throughout the season."

Despite their struggles against the Lady Eagles, Alcovy is having a banner season, especially compared to last year's 4-19 overall record.

Eastside will next face either Dacula or Loganville at 3 p.m. today during the second round of the Region 8-AAAA Tournament.