West Side won three straight home games last week. The Eagles edged Abundant Life's Owls 6-5 and swept Shirley's Blue Devils 9-0 and 14-2 in a 1A-2 South Conference doubleheader, improving to 5-0 in league play this season.
West Side won three straight home games last week. The Eagles edged Abundant Life's Owls 6-5 and swept Shirley's Blue Devils 9-0 and 14-2 in a 1A-2 South Conference doubleheader, improving to 5-0 in league play this season. Brandon Carr finished 2-for-3 with two runs to power the Eagles' win over Abundant Life, while Tyler Cowley, Ben Hargrove, Bryce Hipp, Blaine Hipp and Jimmy Thomas each contributed a base hit for West Side. Austin Kirkland, who improved his pitching record to 4-0, picked up the win on the mound, allowing three earned runs in five innings before Dalton Treece came on for the save, limiting the Owls to one run over the final two frames. “This was a good win for us, we needed a close game like this from a confidence standpoint,” said West Side Coach Shane Davis. “Austin did a great job on the mound pitching to contact and we made the plays behind him, and we had a freshman Dalton Treece come in and close it out." In the Eagles' 9-0 win over Shirley, Dalton Treece led the Eagle offense with three hits and three runs scored. Hargrove and Cowley each drove home two runs and Carr added an RBI single and scored one run. Kirkland picked up the win, striking out four in three innings. In Thursday's nightcap in Greers Ferry, West Side completed its sweep with a 14-2 drubbing of the Blue Devils as Bryce Hipp led the way with a 3-for-3 performance that included a double, three RBI and one run scored. Mason Treece (2-for-3 with two runs) and Thomas (2-for-3 with one RBI) each collected two hits, while Hargrove and Carr each contributed an RBI double. Cowley finished 1-for-1 with two runs and two RBI and Blaine Hipp added two more RBI for the Eagles. Thomas picked up the win on the mound, striking out seven and only walking one in four innings of work. “We are finally getting the kids in the right positions, which is what we've been trying to do for a month nearly,” said Davis. “Offensively we are still not getting it done like we are capable of, but if our pitchers stay consistent and we keep making plays behind them, we will be fine." West Side (8-6, 5-0 in 1A-2 South) travels to Pangburn for a non-conference game on Friday at 4 p.m. between two Greers Ferry Lake Area opponents.