Goree’s 14 strikeouts pitches East Coweta past Coffee
by Doug Gorman
The East Coweta Lady Indians punched their ticket to the Class AAAAAA Sweet 16 softball tournament Wednesday night with a sweep over visiting Coffee.
East Coweta advanced to the next round thanks to 8-1 and 13-3 victories behind the pitching of Morgan Goree who started and won both games.
The Lady Indians sophomore struck out 14 batters during the doubleheader.
East Coweta entered the Class AAAAAA tournament as the No. 1 seed out of Region 3-AAAAAA after winning the region tournament last week, but Wednesday’s games were far from easy.
The Lady Indians had to work to put the games away.
“We have had easier first rounds,” said East Coweta head coach Franklin Deloach. “All four of those teams in Region 1-AAAAAA are very good. They all beat each other.”
East Coweta needed offensive explosions in both games to pull away from Coffee County who entered the tournament as the No. 4 seed.
In the first game, East Coweta broke a 1-all tie with two runs in the bottom of the fourth and five runs in the bottom of the fifth to finally gain control of the contest.
Coffee County spotted the Lady Indians a 4-0 lead in the night cap before rallying back to trim the lead to 4-3 in the bottom of third.
From there, East Coweta pulled away with at least one run in every inning, including three runs in the fifth and four in the seventh.
“We were a couple of moments away where the ball could have bounced the other way and then we would have to play catch up,” Deloach said. “I thought we responded well in certain moments.”
East Coweta out hit Coffee 21-9 en route to the sweep.
In the nightcap, the tide turned in favor of the Lady Indians after Coffee cut the lead to one run.
“That was the defining moment for us,” he said. “I challenged our girls to win every inning from there and they came through.
Maggie Morrow broke out of a recent slump with a four RBI performance in a game one. Her three-run homer in the fifth highlighted the huge inning for the Lady Indians as they sent 10 batters to the plate.
“She has had a rough stretch the last few weeks,” Deloach said. “Then her timing was off and we had to sit her a little bit. Give coach Mark Bowles some credit, because he noticed some things with her swing, and he made a major psychological adjustment.”
Gracelyn Newmon also had a big day at the plate finishing the last game with four RBIs.
Kia Smith finished the doubleheader with three RBIs, and Shemiah Sanchez drove in a pair of runs.
Katey Lynch reached four times on base hits and had an RBI.
Kaylin Wall pitched the last inning of the first game and struck out a batter in relief.
East Coweta plays host to Harrison next week in the second round. The Lady Hoyas swept Luella 4-0 and 3-0 in their first round game.
“We are excited to get through,” Deloach said. “We know it is not going to get any easier. We are just glad we getting to play against at home. It is always nicer to be in your own back yard.”
Lady Cougars 8, Lady Trojans1
COFFEE—000 00 0—1 —1 5 2
EAST COWETA—001 25 0 X—8 8 4
WP Morgan Goree
HR Maggie Morrow
Lady Cougars 13, Lady Trojans 3
EAST COWETA—130 131 4—13 13 2
COFFEE—003 000 0—3 4 2
WP Morgan Goree