Kingsport Times-News: Eastside rallies to top Cove, stays perfect in district play
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Eastside rallies to top Cove, stays perfect in district play

Kevin Mays • Apr 13, 2019 at 1:54 AM

COEBURN — Eastside’s offense continued on its roll Friday.

The Lady Spartans pounded out nine hits and took advantage of five walks in a 7-2 Cumberland District softball win over Rye Cove.

The victory came on the heels of Thursday’s 16-1 win over Twin Springs in a battle of first-place teams. The Lady Spartans totaled 23 runs and 25 hits over the two games.

Thursday’s big win over Twin Springs had Eastside coach Suzy Atwood concerned going into the game with the Lady Eagles.

“I was kind of worried about today because you play a game, and they were so excited (Thursday), and just worked so hard the whole game and I knew, I could tell we were just a little toasted in the first couple of innings (Friday),” Atwood said. “But we came around and pulled it off when we needed to, so that was good.”

BIG RESPONSE

Eastside (5-4, 3-0) managed no runs and just one hit over the first two scoreless innings against Rye Cove (3-7, 1-3), which pushed across the game’s first runs in the top of the third.

Ashlynn Berry started a two-out rally with a single before Ashley Smith drew her second of four intentional walks to put runners on first and second. After Lexie Rhoten drew a walk to load the bases, an Eastside throwing error allowed both Berry and Smith to score.

Rye Cove coach Brittany Salyer said her team lost a little focus after getting the lead.

“We’ve had the lead the last couple of games that we’ve played them here and our bats go to sleep about midgame,” Salyer said. “We’re going to try to work on improving that and try not to get all distracted and have a blowup inning. We didn’t quite have a blowup inning this game, which is good. But we’ve got a couple of things to improve on.”

The Lady Spartans’ bats seemed to wake up in the bottom of the third inning when they produced four runs on three hits and an error.

Leci Sensabaugh delivered a two-RBI single to provide the offensive punch.

Then in the fifth, Eastside added a run on Anna Whited’s RBI single and scored twice in the sixth on an RBI double from Tinley Hamilton and an RBI triple from Cloey Bailey.

NUMBERS GAME

Eight Eastside batters had a hit, and Taylor Perry finished 2-for-4.

Hamilton and Liz Brace combined to throw a three-hitter for Eastside.

Madison Miller accounted for two of Rye Cove’s three hits. Berry had the other.

UP NEXT

Eastside travels to Myrtle Beach next week to play in the Grand Strand Classic.

Rye Cove hosts Thomas Walker on Monday.

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