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Spartans softball seizes Brace-ing victory vs. Titans

Kevin Mays • May 1, 2019 at 12:49 AM

COEBURN — Eastside made its lead in the Cumberland District softball standings a little more comfortable Tuesday.

The Lady Spartans got a solid pitching performance from sophomore Liz Brace, timely hitting from a quartet of players and error-free defense in the field to take a 3-0 win over Twin Springs.

Eastside (9-6, 6-0) took a two-game lead over the second-place Lady Titans (11-7, 6-2) in the loss column.

BRACE PITCHES A GEM

Brace tossed a complete-game four-hitter to pick up the win. She struck out seven and walked two.

“I felt pretty confident with what I was doing and I felt pretty confident in my defense,” said Brace, who battled back pains throughout the game. “I felt nervous on the mound at first, but then I had my defense behind me and I felt pretty confident about it.”

Eastside coach Suzy Atwood was happy with her sophomore, especially her gutsy performance.

“She’s been suffering and she’s been to the chiropractor and done some things and we taped her up pretty good,” Atwood said. “She said she still wanted the ball. She’s hurting, but she’s going to go get in an ice bath tonight.”

Atwood was also pleased with her team’s batting and fielding, especially the defense of outfielders Taylor Perry, Anna Whited and Reiley McCoy.

“I thought we made some big plays all the way around and that outfield made some big plays for us,” the coach said.

Perry and Whited also came up big at the plate. Perry finished 2-for-4 with an RBI. Whited was 2-for-3 with an RBI and scored two runs.

Eastside also got 2-for-3 days from Maggie Odle and Cloey Bailey. Odle added an RBI and Bailey scored a run.

NOT LIKE LAST TIME

The teams met nearly three weeks ago in their opener, and Eastside dominated 16-1.

Atwood knew that would not be the case this time around.

“I knew that was not going to happen again. I knew they would be ready and they were,” she said.

Twin Springs coach Tim Lawson was not happy with the loss but was pleased his team responded better to the big game this time around.

“We just mis-hit a few. We hit hard but hit right at them,” Lawson said. “With these two teams, I think we’re that even. I think the 16-1 at our place was a fluke. I think they had a really, really good game and we had a really, really bad game that day. I think this is probably the true test of the two teams right here. And they’re good. They’re good.”

Baylie Compton led Twin Springs’ offense, going 2-for-3 to account for two of her team’s three hits.

UP NEXT

Eastside travels to J.I. Burton on Thursday then closes out its district regular-season schedule next Monday by hosting Thomas Walker in a doubleheader and playing at Castlewood Tuesday.

Twin Springs closes out its regular season on the road Thursday at Rye Cove and Monday at J.I. Burton.

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