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Eagles celebrate, prepare
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The Eastside Eagles baseball team finished the regular season with a victory on senior night against the Monticello Hurricanes.

The Eagles 6-4 win made the night that much more special for the eight seniors on the squad. Prior to the game, the Eastside faithful honored seniors Tyler Bailey, Keith Buckhault, Jake Wright, Joey Mitchell, David VanLeuven, Jerold Sumner, Matt Hitchcock and Parth Patel.

Eastside started all of the available seniors and placed Matt Hitchcock on the mound.

The Hurricanes wasted no time in getting on the board as they started the first inning with a base hit, a walk and a three run homer to take the early lead.

The Eagles answered right back in their half of the first with a leadoff hit from table-setter Cody Walker followed by a walk to Jake Wright.

Musashi Briem singled, plating Walker and moving Wright to third. Jerold Sumner then reached on error scoring Wright and bringing up Tee Sims who launched another no-doubter into the woods to give the Eagles the 5-3 lead.

Hitchcock settled in and pitched a scoreless second inning before allowing one run in the third.

Hitchcock would go on to throw a complete game as he faced the minimum through the fourth, fifth and sixth innings and only allowed a single base runner in the top of the seventh. Hitchcock finished allowing seven hits over seven innings while striking out seven and only walking two batters.

The Hurricane pitchers were also successful in keeping the Eagles offense down as they held them scoreless throughout the second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings.

Eastside would push across an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth courtesy of a walk to Walker who ended up scoring as Hitchcock reached base on an error by the shortstop.

The Eagles finished the regular season with a 22-4 overall record and a 14-2 Region record. The team will begin preparation for the first round of the state playoffs next weekend as they will host the third seed from Region 3-AAA on Friday.