COEBURN — The Eastside Spartans remained undefeated in the Cumberland District with a 17-7 six-inning victory Tuesday night over the John I. Burton Raiders at Coeburn Alumni Stadium. The Spartans improved their overall season record to 5-5 and 4-0 in the district. The Raiders fall to 4-7 overall and 2-3 in the district.
“We pretty much pitched by committee tonight,” stated Eastside coach Chris Clay. “We used four pitchers and three of the four did a good job. Offensively, I was pleased with our hitting. We got the big hits when we needed them. We got the big lead early and that allowed us to save pitching and play a lot of players.”
The Raiders got on the scoreboard first in the top of the first with two runs off Spartan starter Peyton Pope on hits by Derrick Allen and Tanner Branham.
Eastside responded in the bottom half of the inning with four runs off Raider starter Derrick Allen by Nick Livingston, Justin Sexton, Pope and Austin Rittenberry.
The Spartans would score six additional runs in the second to take a 10-2. They scored runs in every inning of the game, one run in each of the third and fourth innings, two in the fifth and three in the bottom go the sixth for the ten run victory.
The Raiders scored four runs in the fourth and one in the sixth in an effort to stay in the game.
The Raiders scored seven runs on eight hits in the game, while the Spartans pounded out 17 runs on 15 hits.
The Burton used two pitchers in the game, Allen and Jonah Cochrane while Eastside used four pitchers: Pope, Justin Sexton, Landon Trent and Rittenberry. The four Eastside pitchers recorded 12 strikeouts in the contest.
Pope was credited with the win for Eastside and Allen took the loss for Burton.
“I was pleased with our start in the first inning and we continued to fight throughout the game,” stated Raiders coach Jacob Caudill. “The defense was not the best tonight and we need to keep working on that. Our pitching was not that bad tonight, but it needs to get better also.”
Pope led Eastside with four hits and three RBIs. Livingston and Trent had two hits each.
Derrick Allen led Burton with four hits and two RBIs. Caleb McCurdy had two hits and two RBIs.