By Anthony Rhoads
Nine games into the Region 2-AAAAA schedule, Eagle's Landing was just about left for dead with a 3-6 record but the team has come back to life with a six-game winning streak.
The Golden Eagles (13-9, 9-6) knocked off Jonesboro 8-1 Wednesday for its sixth-straight league victory.
Jonesboro (17-6, 12-3) entered the game tied with Henry County for first place in the region. Eagle's Landing went into Wednesday tied with Stockbridge for fourth place.
"It's pretty good to get some wins and turn the season around," Eagle's Landing pitcher Mike Sanders said. "I was a good effort by the team."
Sanders went the distance, striking out nine and allowing four hits and four walks. Sanders had a shutout going into the seventh inning but the bid was spoiled when Kyle Ginn hit an RBI single to score Cullen Clemmons, Jonesboro's only run of the night.
Sanders helped his own cause when he smacked a three-run home run in the sixth inning.
"He just really put the team on his shoulders tonight," Eagle's Landing head coach Troy Baker said.
Adam Fine led off the second inning with a double and with two outs, he scored when Dustin Clay reached on an error, giving Eagle's Landing a 1-0 lead. Mistakes plagued Jonesboro all night and the team committed four errors.
"It wasn't one of our better days," Jonesboro head coach Don Corr. "We've got to put this behind us and getting ready to for Stockbridge tomorrow. We've got to be ready to play."
In the top of the fourth, Tommy Griffiths led off with a solo home run and with two outs, Luke Murton doubled to score Tres Moore and David Lane.
Murton came through for Eagle's Landing again in the sixth as he collected an RBI double.
"It's good; we're just trying to win out and make the playoffs," Murton said. "We just came out and took care of business."
In the sixth inning, Lane reached on an error and he scored when Murton doubled, giving Eagle's Landing a 5-0 lead.
Brandon Johnston followed with a walk and Sanders homered to put the score at 8-0.
Jonesboro starting pitcher Alford Arnold worked 5 and 2/3 innings, striking out seven.
"Alford did a good job but Mike Sanders played a heck of a ball game," Corr said. "Eagle's Landing played really well."
Jonesboro's freshman lead-off hitter Harry Nutter accounted for half of his teams hits Wednesday. He went 2-for-3.
Eagle's Landing gets back into action at home Friday at 5:30 p.m. against Westside-Macon.