COVINGTON, Ga. – Eastside bid a bittersweet farewell to the Eagles’ Nest on Wednesday.
The Eagles closed out their 2022 campaign with a 9-0 loss at the hands of No. 2 Loganville. The decision marked the club’s seventh consecutive defeat, bringing their season to a close at 8-19.
The Red Devils (21-8) rode the arm of ace right-hander Trenton Burnett. The senior tossed five scoreless frames, exiting with a five-run lead before the Loganville bullpen slammed the door shut.
Loganville jumped out in front in the second inning. After a pair of batters worked their way on, senior Christian Donaldson cleared the bases with a sharp two-run double up the middle. Junior Aiden Adams later followed suit with a two-run knock of his own, pushing Loganville’s advantage out to 4-0.
The Red Devils would tack on another run via a fielding error in the third frame.
Burnett was white-hot on the mound for Loganville early on. He kept the Eagles off the base paths through the first three innings. But Eastside’s offense, which continued to fight in the box and put up strong at-bats, finally broke through in the fourth inning.
Senior Slade Holloway tallied the Eagles’ first hit of the game with a leadoff single to right field. The knock appeared to open the proverbial floodgates as it was followed up by a pair of hits, loading the bases with nobody out.
Unfortunately for the Eagles, the threat wouldn’t come to pass. Burnett bookended a pair of strikeouts around a lineout to shallow right field and escaped the jam unscathed.
Loganville plated its sixth run of the game in the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly. The Red Devils added three more insurance runs in the seventh en route to the convincing win.
Eastside was eliminated from playoff contention with last week’s 14-12 heartbreaker of a loss to Greenbrier. The Eagles will now transition into an offseason of uncertainty as it looks to nail down a head coach in the midst of the club’s move to the school’s new campus.