Prep Baseball Notes: East Coweta tops Luella in eight inningsBy DOUG GORMAN
The East Coweta Indians baseball squad improved their record to 4-0 overall with a wild 8-6 eight-inning victory over Luella on the road Wednesday.
The top of the eighth was filled with some offensive fireworks for the Indians as Tim Manning scored from third to break a 6-6 tie. Cameron Smith later scored the eighth run of the game on wild pitch to give the Indians the two-run cushion.
After putting two Luella base runners on second and third with no outs, the Indians retired three straight Lion batters to get out of the jam.
East Coweta won the game but did commit five errors.
Despite the frigid temperatures, both teams displayed plenty off offense with the Indians poking 11 hits and Luella finishing with eight.
The Lions took control early by building a 5-2 lead after two innings.
East Coweta scored its runs in pairs, scoring twice in the second, fourth, sixth and eighth innings.
At the plate, the Indians were led by Manning’s 2-for-4 performance and two RBIs.
Meyer, Antmann, and Austin Jones each drove in runs for East Coweta, which hits the road again today for a non-region game at Northside-Columbus.
Northgate on hot streak: Only the temperature can seem to slow down Northgate’s baseball team these days.
Riding a five-game win streak, the Vikings had their scheduled Region 4-AAAAA game with Ola postponed one extra day due to the recent cold and will try again among forecasted 60-degree temperatures this afternoon at home.
The Vikings enter today as one of just two undefeated teams in the region at 2-0 and 5-2 overall. They share that honor with 3-0 Mundy’s Mill.
Northgate has jumped out to an undefeated region record with a 3-2 victory over Starr’s Mill and a 5-1 win over Whitewater.
Ola is 5-1 overall and 1-1 in region play fresh off a 13-1 run-rule victory against Creekside. The Mustang’s only region loss came in a 3-2 decision to Whitewater.
Northgate wont play again until Monday when it hosts Forest Park.
Newnan travels to Carrollton tonight: The Newnan Cougars are finding a way to pull out close games.
With a 4-2 record, the Cougars have won two games by just one run and two games by two runs.
The lastest nail-bitter came Tuesday night when the Cougars broke a 5-all tie in the sixth inning with two runs to beat LaGrange 7-5.
It came on a night when the Cougars made six errors, but still managed to find away to win thanks to solid pitching by Thomas Sumner and a relief effort by Will Dreggors.
Sumner pitched around six errors and a controversial walk in the sixth that led to a one of the Grangers’ four runs to help tie the game.
Offensively, the Cougars are benefitting from the return of Brandon Dawson. Dawson missed all of last year with an injury.
Two seasons ago, he helped lead the Cougars to the Class AAAAA Final Four as a sophomore.
This year, he is back in form serving as a designated hitter and pitcher.
Against LaGrange he ripped two doubles and drove in three RBIs.
This afternoon, they travel to Carrollton High School for a game against the Trojans.
Carrollton comes into the contest with a 3-2 record. The Trojans are on a two-game losing streak.