Yesterday when the Eagles took on Walnut Grove at home they used stellar defense and excellent pitching to earn a 6-1 win, but today it was Eastside’s bats that propelled them to a 11-6 victory over the Warriors and put them in sole possession of second place in the Region 4-AAAA sub-region.
Charlie Greenich, usually one of Eastside’s best pitchers, just didn’t have it going today, but he got a lot of help from the Eagle offense.
Trailing 3-1 in the top of the third inning, Eastside scored five runs to take a 6-3 lead. The run was started with a rip from Austin Holloway down the middle for a single. Nick Womack followed that up with a rip of his own and put runners at first and second.
An Austin Kerbow double would score Holloway. Chase Raines laid down a chopper to second, but instead of going for the easy out at first the Warriors second baseman tried to get Womack out at home, but overthrew the ball and the Eagles had runners at the corners with no outs.
Jake Jones got one of his two sacrifice RBI in the third inning to score Kerbow. After an error allowed Connor Hewell to get to first, Hunter Ballard laid down a great bunt toward third to load the bases.
Jared Jones made contact and that was all the Eagles needed to score one run, but they got a second from another Walnut Grove error on a throw to first. Eastside went on to score two runs in the fourth and sixth innings, as they never trailed for the rest of the game. Josh Sims capped it off with his first homerun, a solo shot at the top of the seventh inning that got lowd cheers from the crowd and his teammates.
Sims sort of stole Hewell’s thunder after he made an excellent diving stop at second in the sixth inning, but the great thing about the Eagles is they’re equally happy when anyone has success. Which is why Greenich cheered on Brantley Proffitt when Proffitt came in to replace him in the fifth.
Proffitt came in with the bases loaded and two outs. He walked the first batter and gave up the sixth Warrior run of the game. He was lights out after that. In his 2 1/3 innings pitched, Proffitt walked one batter, allowed one run and threw three strikeouts while not giving up a single hit.
The Eagles put on a show in front of a large crowd of Eastside fans that travelled to Walnut Grove for the game. Eastside will play Spalding tomorrow at home 5:55 p.m.