High School Softball

Newnan squeaks past Northgate


Newnan junior pitcher Tori Loveless picked up a shutout win over Northgate on Thursday. 

The Newnan Lady Cougars scored an unearned run in its first at bat and then held off Northgate’s rally attempts to defeat the Lady Vikings 1-0 at home in a non-region game.

The game was rescheduled from a rainout earlier this year.

Newnan pushed across its only run of the game in the bottom of the first inning when Lindsey Stewart reached on an error to score Chasity Meadows.

From there, it became a pitchers’ duel between Newnan’s Tori Loveless and Northgate’s McKenzie Peace.

Loveless picked up the victory after striking out three and walking one en route to the shutout. Peace finished the game with three strikeouts and two walks.

Despite winning the game, Newnan was outhit by the Lady Vikings 6-3. It was the second game in as many days between a pair of county rivals, where the team with less hits won the game. Northgate used just one hit to hold off East Coweta in a 3-2 victory at home on Wednesday.

On Thursday, Maysen Willard, Lindsey Stewart, and Arden Jobe each had singles for Lady Cougars.

Northgate was led by Brenna Skalski’s two hits.

Jenna Pealor, Carley Alderman, Rachel Cook and Casey Kent added singles for the Lady Vikings.

Both teams each committed two errors.

Newnan (18-4) wraps up the regular season today against Heard County, before hosting next week’s Region 3-AAAAAA Tournament as the No.1 seed. The Lady Cougars will open against Douglas County on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Northgate begins play in the 4-AAAAA tournament on Tuesday against the region’s No. 8 seed at 5 p.m.

East Coweta 8, Eagle’s Landing Christian 0: One day after failing to hold the lead and losing to rival Northgate, East Coweta took control of Thursday’s contest against Eagle’s Landing Christian early, leading from start to finish. The win continued a busy week of five consecutive games in as many days that wraps up today with a trip to McIntosh.

The Lady Indians, who improved to 20-7 overall, scored two runs in the first and six in the second en route to the victory in a game called after five innings.

East Coweta outhit the Lady Chargers 11-2.

Leadoff hitter Kia Smith had big day at the the plate with her 3-for-3 performance. Shemiah Sanchez added two hits and also drove in two runs.

Katey Lynch. Gracelyn Newmon, Lauren Liebe, Mekhia Freeman, Reba Jones, and Hailey Baswell also collected RBIs.

Two pitchers helped East Coweta earn the win, giving up one hit each. Starting pitcher Morgan Goree pitched four innings and struck out five. Kaylin Wall went one inning and struck out two.

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