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Eastside baseball, softball teams reach end of the road

KEVIN MAYS, [email protected] • May 30, 2018 at 12:43 AM

HONAKER — Tuesday was a rough day for Eastside baseball and softball.

The season came to an end for both squads with losses in the Region 1D semifinals played less than 5 miles apart.


In Tuesday’s regional semifinal baseball game at Harding Field, Eastside’s Cole Harness smacked a three-run home run in the bottom of the third inning to give the Spartans (19-5) an early lead.

But the Rebels (15-6) battled back with consistent play to take a 7-5 win.

“It probably wasn’t as close as the scoreboard indicated. That one swing from Harness gave us a little boost,” said Eastside coach Chris Clay. “We just got outplayed.

“That’s a really good baseball team. Give a lot of credit to them. We ran our best three guys out there and didn’t have enough for them on the mound.

“The difference in the game I think was they were getting the leadoff man out and we weren’t,” Clay added. “And that led to some runs for them and not us.”

Trailing 5-3, Patrick Henry used a three-run fifth inning to take the lead for good.

Jackson Cruise finished 3-for-5 at the plate for the Rebels. Eastside’s Harness and Blake Rhoton both went 3-for-3.

Patrick Henry advanced to take on Honaker on Wednesday in the 6 p.m. championship game at the Tigers’ Harding Field. Honaker blasted Chilhowie 17-1 in Tuesday’s other semifinal contest.

Both regional finalists earned berths in the state tournament field.


Just down the road from Tuesday’s baseball regional semifinals, Eastside’s softball team suffered an 11-0 loss to the Lady Panthers of Northwood in a Region 1D softball semifinal at the Honaker Elementary School field.

Northwood (17-3) scored nine runs over the first three innings of the game, including a six-run third inning.

Junior Catie Boardwine finished 4-for-4 at the plate with three RBIs, while younger sister Chloe Boardwine — just a freshman — finished 3-for-4 at the plate with four runs batted in.

Northwood will play Chilhowie, which defeated Grundy 13-4 in Tuesday’s other semifinal, for the Region 1D championship Wednesday at Emory & Henry. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.

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