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Natalie Ray, Kailey Rusk headline Eastside's All-Region representation
Natalie Ray
Eastside's Natalie Ray came through big for the Lady Eagles Tuesday night against Walnut Grove with both her bat and her glove. -File Photo

COVINGTON, Ga. — Seven members of the Region 4-AAAA runner-up Eastside Eagles softball team adorned the 2018 All-Region first and second team rosters, with freshman Natalie Ray and junior pitcher Kailey Rusk taking home player and pitcher of the year awards respectively. 

Ray wasted no time making her presence felt at the high school varsity level, as she led the Eagles with her .432 batting average. She paced Eastside offensively with a team-high seven doubles and two triples as well as 14 stolen bases. She was second on the team in RBIs with 17. 

Rusk shared the Pitcher of the Year honors with Hampton’s Skyler Trahan. She finished with a 10-7 record and 178 strikeouts while recording a 1.82 ERA in 132 innings of work in the circle. 

Eastside pitcher Kailey Rusk added 10 more strikeouts to her career total after eclipsing the 500 career strikeouts milestone last Thursday against Woodward Academy. - photo by Brett Fowler

Joining Rusk and Ray on the first team was senior second baseman, Kendel McAuliffe, senior first baseman Dani Fairey, third baseman, Jordan Rittenbacher, junior Alysee Dobbs and freshman outfielder, Jada Brown. 

Sophomore left fielder, Ava Anglin was named to the second team. 

The Lady Eagles finished 22-10 overall with a 6-1 Region 4-AAAA record. After sweeping Columbus in the first round of the Class AAAA state playoffs, Eastside fell short of securing a back-to-back Columbus state tournament berth at the hands of a Perry squad that defeated Eastside 2-1 in a best-of-three series.