Last week, the East Jackson baseball team started the first leg of its region schedule.
The Eagles fell twice to Morgan County and traded wins with Elbert County.
The Eagles now look ahead to ten more region matchups before the tournament in late April.
On Monday, March 25, the Eagles fell 3-2 to Morgan County at home.
Austin Johnson pitched seven innings, recording two strikeouts and giving up two earned runs, five hits and two walks.
Alex Martin went two-for-three with an RBI and a run scored.
The following Wednesday, the Eagles traveled to Morgan County where the Bulldogs once again triumphed, 5-1.
Jared Richards pitched six innings, allowing only five hits and two walks.
“It’s a shame that we couldn’t back up our pitcher a little better and scratch out some more runs,” said Eagle coach Matt Pruitt. “We got guys on base, but we left eight on, and they only count if you get them across the plate. The road doesn’t get any easier from here. We’ve got to keep competing and play a little sharper.”
Last Friday, the Eagles fell 5-4 to Elbert County at home.
Robert McKay pitched seven innings and struck out seven while surrendering five hits, two earned runs and three walks.
Austin Johnson went two-for-four with a run scored and a stolen base. Josh Valles went one-for-four with two RBIs.
The Eagles finally earned their first region win Monday, when they traveled to Elbert County to oust the Blue Devils 2-1.
Ty Smith hit a two-run double in the sixth inning to put the Eagles up.
Austin Johnson pitched seven innings, recording two strikeouts and allowing five hits and one earned run.
“This was a great high school baseball game, the kind you love to play in, and the kind you really love to win,” sad Pruitt. “Both sides had great pitching and great defense, and we were able to scratch out one more run to win it. This should give our guys a lot of confidence, to go on the road and play a tough game in a tough environment. They never blinked, just kept doing what it takes to win. And to do it against a team and a program like Elbert, who always has players and is always well-coached, that’s big for us going forward.”
Pruitt also praised the performance of pinch-hitter, Robert Fritz. Fritz stepped in with a pinch-hit single in the two contests with Elbert.
“He didn’t score, but he’s done good work,” added Pruitt. “Pinch-hitting is a tough thing to do, and he’s contributing when his chance comes up.”