The Eastside Lady Eagle fell to 12 and 7 on the season and 3 and 2 in region play after falling to the Jackson High School Lady Devils 7 to 5 at home Tuesday evening.
It was what one would call a good old fashioned pitcher's duel through five innings. "Katie [Fletcher] was hurt bad this game, her back was bothering her a lot, but she played well" said head coach Jason Stokes.
The Lady eagles other available pitcher was warmed up during the game but she is also injured. "Katy said she wanted to keep going, and we are in a tough spot with our pitching right now so I let her," Stokes said.
Eastside gave up a home run in the first inning to Jackson, and that home run would be the only run scored in the game through the fifth inning.
Finally in the sixth inning the bats for both teams woke up. Jackson High scored two runs on a single and a pair of doubles in the inning making the score 3 to 0. The Lady Eagles tried to answer with a pair of singles by Megan Hallock and Savannah Upshaw. Jade Welch appeared to drive in a run on a throwing error by third base; however, Upshaw was called for interference on the play which negated the run and ended the inning.
The Lady Devils would look to put the game away in the top of the seventh inning. They would add four runs to the score on a pair of singles, an error and a three-run bomb that cleared the left centerfield fence making it a 7to 0 game.
The Lady Eagles were not done and were not going to lie down. Emily Almond started of the bottom of the seventh with one of three walks issued in the game by Jackson; she was followed by a single from pitcher Katie Fletcher and a walk Victoria Welch.
The next batter Reese Rogers hit the ball into a play that the Lady Devils Shortstop could not handle, scoring Fletcher on the error. Megan Hallock delivered a 2 RBI triple with an additional run scoring on an error by the catcher. She would later be driven in on an RBI single by Erin Steele. With 2 outs and runners on first and second Erin Almond who started the inning off had a chance to seal the game for the Eagles, but she hit a hard grounder to third which ended the game.
The Lady Eagles will look to improve their season record this week as they travel to Loganville to take on a non region Team that is ranked high in the standings. The Lady Eagles will also play a tournament later in the week.