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PREP SOFTBALL: Eagles cruise in first round of region tournament
Lauren Bennett
Eastside Eagles Lauren Bennett comes across to score to help pad the Eagles early lead against Woodward Academy in the first round of the region tournament. Photo by Michael Pope.

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Eastside Eagles took care of business in the first round of the region tournament with an 11-0 win over Woodward Academy that ended in five innings.

It was the same consistent force of dominant pitching from senior Kailey Rusk on the mound that ultimately helped the Eagles lock down the victory.

However, she had some more help this time around as the Eagles did an excellent job of stringing together a few hits. They jumped out to an early 5-0 lead that they would only build on until the final inning. 

The Eagles would only continue to build on that lead as they strung together singles and took advantage the War Eagles defensive miscues. 

Eagles head coach Heather Wood was happy to see the bats get going and has to hope it will continue with playoffs just around the corner.

“I think that really helps everyone relax,” Wood said. “It helps with Kailey pitching on the mound and defense, so everyone can relax, have fun and get comfortable in the box.”

The Eagles are slated to face the Hampton Hornets Thursday evening in a battle for first place in the region. Wood knows the challenge the Hornets can present after the two teams meeting where the Eagles emerged victorious in a 1-0 game. 

Wood knows this matchup should be a great test for the Eagles with playoffs beginning next week.

“(Skylar) Trahan on the mound is one of the better pitchers in the state and 4-A,” Wood said. “It’s something we need to see going into our first round of playoffs next week; it’s just a great playoff environment.”