Prep Baseball Roundup: Newnan passes road testBy DOUG GORMAN
The Newnan Cougars baseball team didn’t mind playing on the road Tuesday afternoon.
Taking advantage of solid pitching and timely offense, Newnan rolled to an 8-4 victory over Northside-Columbus. With the win, Newnan improved to 5-3 overall.
Three players finished with extra-base hits for the Cougars as Charles Reeves, Derrick Nelson and Beau Shelnutt all had doubles.
Devin Henry helped his on-base percentage, reaching three times and scoring twice.
The Cougars return home today for a non-region contest with Griffin at 5:30 p.m.
Northgate heads to Union Grove: The Northgate Vikings were hoping to play Monday afternoon against visiting Forest Park in a Region 4-AAAAA contest. The weather just wouldn’t cooperate as the skies opened shortly before the scheduled first pitch, drenching the field and forcing postponement of the region game between the Vikings and the Panthers.
Now, the two teams are set to meet Thursday at 5 p.m.
It means the Vikings will play back-to-back region games this week. The Vikings resume play today on the road against Union Grove, which played Ola on Tuesday in 4-AAAAA play.
Northgate is coming off last Thursday’s region loss to Ola.
East Coweta set to host to Troup: Head coach Franklin Deloach’s Indians are 5-0 through the early part of the season.
East Coweta’s hopes of playing a rematch at home against Luella were washed out Monday afternoon.
The Indians knocked off Luella last week beating the Lions 8-6 on the road in extra innings. East Coweta and Luella will try again on Monday afternoon at 5:30 p.m.
The Indians have back-to-back games this week at home today against Troup and then taking on Calloway Thursday.
Troup comes into today’s game with a 3-2 record.
Heritage School on a roll: There’s nothing wrong with the Heritage School bats.
The Hawks are 4-0 including a 21-3 victory over New Creation and a 3-2 win against Covenant on Saturday.
Heritage School stayed unbeaten thanks to the close game with Covenant.
The Hawks broke a 3-all tie with a single run in the fifth inning when Candler Rich doubled in Tyler Nix, who also doubled in the inning.
Rich, who battled some injuries early this season, returned in a big way. The Hawks’ center-fielder went 4-for-4 against New Creation driving in two runs. He followed up that performance with a 2-for-3 effort with a double and an RBI in the win against Covenant.
Tyler Henson had a solid outing against New Creation with five RBIs. Nix had three RBIs in the win against New Creation.
The Hawks are benefiting so far this year a deep pitching staff. Luke Smith picked up the win in the game against New Creation, and Joe Bonner was credited with the victory and Mack Wilkins the save against Convenant.