Drew Buckhault led an impressive Eastside offensive performance as the Eagles defeated visiting Jackson 12-2 on Wednesday.
Buckhault went 4-for-4, tallying two home runs, driving in six RBI’s and came just a triple short of the cycle.
The junior was a catalyst in Eastside’s four-run first inning, that saw 10 batters come up to the plate with three hits and three walks recorded. Buckhault hit a double to the left side, driving in Musashi Briem and Daniel Garrett to get things started. After Hunter Ballard and Hank Steele walked, Nick Womack drove in Buckhault and Ballard to finish out the inning.
Jackson pulled within two after Garrett allowed three hits, coupling with an error and a walk.
Jackson wouldn’t score the rest of the way as Garrett finished it out, going five innings (the game was shortened due to the 10-run rule), allowing five hits and striking out six. After giving up another hit in the top of the third inning, Garrett went three-up-and-three-down throughout the final two frames, striking out four batters.
For the Jackson pitchers, things didn’t go nearly as easily. Eastside got the two runs back in the bottom of the second as Garrett drove in Peyton Pallay and Buckhault hit a solo shot to left field.
The third inning as the only one not to feature an Eastside run, but the fourth was another two-run frame, both off the bat of Buckhault.
After Briem reached on a double, Buckhault came up with two outs, and again drove the offering over the left field fence.
Briem finished with two hits, reaching on an error as well, one of three players with multi-hit games.
Everyone reached base at least once, including Hank Steele with two walks, the second leading off the bottom of the fifth.
After Steele’s walk, Cody Walker joined him with a base on balls and Chase Chancey loaded the bases on an error by the third baseman. Pallay then drove Steele home on a hit to left field, followed by Briem’s single to right to score Chancey. Pallay crossed the plate to end the game, due to a 10-run differential on Buckhault’s final hit.
Eastside, which also beat Rockdale, 3-2, in its only other game of the season, plays at Newton Saturday.
The Rams welcome the Eagles after losing their first two, falling 7-4 to Walnut Grove and 7-4 to M.L. King Wednesday.