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Eagles, Redan set for opener
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The Eastside Eagles varsity softball team continues its season today on the road, traveling to Redan for the first round of the Georgia High School Association Softball AAAA state tournament.

Game times are set for 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

The Eagles clinched the No. 3 spot in Region 8-AAAA last week with an 8-0 win over Lumpkin County on Thursday, despite finishing fourth in the region with a 6-6 record during the regular season.

Eastside toppled the Indians behind a 3-for-3 performance from Molly Moon and seven strikeouts from starting pitcher Caitlin Ray.

The Eagles will take on the Raiders in a best 2-out-of-3 series in the first round.

Redan finished second overall in Region 6-AAAA behind Marist. Marist defeated Redan 13-0 in the region title game last Friday for the league championship.

Eastside coach Jason Stokes said that the playoffs will give the team an opportunity to continue to improve after many didn't see the Eagles as a postseason threat.

"I want to see us play solid defense and make the routine play," Stokes said. "We have to be consistent and continue to do what got us here. That means putting the ball in play and not striking out.

"Most importantly, we have to have fun," he said. "It's the playoffs. A lot of folks probably didn't expect us to get here, but we are, so we want to make the most of it and enjoy ourselves."

Eastside will be joined in their 4-team pod by Heritage (Catoosa) and Carrollton. Heritage earned the No. 1 seed in Region 7 and Carrollton finished as the No. 4 seed from Region 5.