The Eastside Eagles baseball team made a statement in its opened Region 4-AAA opener against the Stockbridge Tigers with a 15-2 victory on Friday.
With senior ace Jake Wright taking the mound for his second start of the season, Eastside had little trouble shutting down the Stockbridge offense. Wright kept the Tigers hitless through 3 1/3 innings before being relieved by fellow senior Matt Hitchcock.
Offensively, the Eagles scored one run in the first after Keith Buckhault drew a walk and was then driven in when Wright doubled.
Eastside opened things up in the second inning by sending 12 men to the plate with Musashi Briem hitting a double and teammate Daniel Garrett would singling twice in the inning. Drew Buckhault and Hitchcock would also hit singles in the eight-run inning.
The Eagle offense continued to work well in the third inning plating five more runs on the strength of a two out single by Cody Walker followed by couple of walks and then singles by Wright & Briem and a double by Garrett.
Stockbridge did score one run the fourth when a leadoff walk crossed home plate as the Tigers garnered their first hit.
Eastside added their 15th run to the scoreboard in the fourth inning as Jerold Sumner singled before being driven home by Walker's double.
Stockbridge closed out the fifth inning with a pair of singles that scored another run, but the night belonged to Eastside as they improved their record to 4-2.