Prep Baseball

East Coweta stays unbeaten with win over Langston Hughes

by Doug Gorman

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East Coweta senior Jon Banks slides in safely to third base during Tuesday’s Region 3-AAAAAA victory over Langston Hughes.

The East Coweta Indians started the Region 3-AAAAAA portion of their baseball schedule much in the same way they finished off their first nine opponents this season—with a victory.

East Coweta pounded out 11 hits en route to a 15-0 win over Langston Hughes in a game called after four innings on the Indians’ home field to help the Indians stay perfect.

Tuesday’s contest was the first in a three-game series between the two teams this week.

The series shifts back to Langston Hughes on Thursday and concludes at ECHS on Friday.

Playing in temperatures in the 30s, East Coweta moved its record to 10-0 overall and 1-0 in region action.

Langston Hughes dropped to 8-6 and 1-3.

“We played really well in not ideal conditions,” East Coweta head coach Franklin DeLoach said. “Our guys came out and did what they were supposed to do.”

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The Panthers have already played Westlake in a three-game region series this year. Langston Hughes won the first game of the series with Westlake before dropping the next two.

East Coweta’s Zach McCurry picked up the win for the Indians giving up just two hits and striking out six through three innings. Brandon Ruston threw the final inning for East Coweta and struck out one batter.

The Indians started their scoring streak with three runs in the first inning as Matthew Meyer ripped a double to drive in two runs. He finished the game with four RBI to help pace the offense.

“We swung the bat well, and got some quality pitching,” DeLoach said. “Langston Hughes is an improved team. We played a pretty good Langston Hughes team that we know we have to play two more times.”

Bryce Gemmel finished the game with two hits, two RBIs and three runs scored.

Geremy Walton also had two hits and drove in two runs. Cole Amtmann, Blake Lorow Travis Williams, Tim Manning and Jon Banks each drove in RBIs for the Indians.

Langston Hughes booted the ball around committing four errors in the contest.

Leadoff hitter Cameron Smith reached on error in the second inning as part of the Indians three-run effort.

East Coweta put the game out of reach in the third, sending 12 batters to the plate and scoring six times, RBI doubles by Manning and Gemmel helped the Indians jump out to an 11-0 lead after three innings.

The Indians finished the game with four more runs in the bottom of the fourth to end the game by the 15-run mercy rule.

Back-to-back sacrifice flies by Lorow and Manning helped finish off Langston Hughes in the fourth to end the game with the mercy rule.

All Region 3-AAAAAA games are played in the form of three-games series this year.

“We can’t let our foot off the throttle.” DeLoach said.



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