High School Softball

County lineups seek trips to Elite 8

by Doug Gorman

Three high school softball teams from Coweta stand two victories away from advancing to respective Georgia High School Association Elite 8 Tournaments in Columbus.

For East Coweta (26-8), a second-round Class AAAAAA series begins in its own backyard, while both Newnan (23-8) and Northgate (23-6-1) will have to win their playoff contests on the road.

All three series start today with doubleheaders and a potential third game scheduled for Thursday, if necessary.

The Lady Indians will host Harrison (22-7), the No. 2 seed out of Region 4-AAAAAA.

Road trips include Newnan traveling to Alcovy and Northgate facing former area rival Harris County (24-7) in a rematch of last year’s first-round state playoff series won by the Lady Vikings.

East Coweta swept Coffee County 8-1, and 13-3 in the first round, while Harrison didn’t allow a run in its first-round victory, sweeping Luella 4-0 and 3-0.

Both Newnan and Northgate had to play a third contest to advance in their first-round playoff series.

The Lady Cougars advanced past Colquitt winning the first game 9-1, but losing to the Lady Packers 4-3 in the nightcap to force third and deciding game. Newnan took advantage of a sixth-inning home run from Chacyie Goggins to clinch the series 1-0.

Alcovy dropped the first game against North Cobb, but rallied with 11-3 and 3-0 victories in the last two contests.

Northgate also has its eye on getting back to Columbus and winning its second state title since 2011 and third in school history.

The Lady Vikings advanced to the second-round by beating Greenbrier in three games in a battle of the No. 2 and No. 4 ranked teams in Class AAAAA. Despite losing game one, 11-10, Northgate won the final two in 11-2 and 3-1 decisions.

Harris County assured itself a spot in the second round with two shutout victories over Glynn Academy, winning 14-0 and 19-0.

East Coweta comes enters the second round after getting solid pitching from Morgan Goree.

The sophomore pitcher struck out eight in the team’s series’ clinching victory over Coffee County. At the plate, Kia Smith and Shemiah Sanchez each drove in two runs.

In addition to Goggins timely hits, Newnan pitcher Tori Loveless also pitched around trouble in the deciding game, getting strikeouts in the fifth and seventh.

Lauren Ferguson, Lindsay Stewart and Arden Jobe came through with RBIs during the series.

Northgate pitcher McKenzie Peace led the the Lady Vikings to victory in the third game with five strikeouts over Greenbrier.




More Sports

High School Baseball

Union Grove blanks Northgate with no-hitter

Union Grove blanks Northgate with no-hitter MCDONOUGH - The law of gravity states what goes up, must come down. And what goes down, tends t ... Read More


High School Soccer

Hawks hold off rival Lions for win, No. 2 seed

The temperature was a bit warmer, but otherwise Thursday's second soccer showdown between rivals Trinity Christian and The Heritage School p ... Read More


High School Track & Field

Lady Indians, Cougars lead local teams

FAIRBURN - East Coweta's girls track team made enough noise during Wednesday's opening day of the Region 3-AAAAAA meet to find itself traili ... Read More


High School Track & Field

Four Lady Vikings qualify for state sectionals

Northgate track & field lineups headed into the final day of this year's Region 4-AAAAA meet with a chance to add to a growing list of a ... Read More


High School Tennis

Lady Vikings clinch berth in tournament

Northgate's girls tennis team followed their boys teammates with a berth into this year's state playoffs after finishing fourth in its host ... Read More

High School Baseball

Vikings stay in control, beat Chiefs in walk-off

Northgate took another step toward punching its ticket to the Class AAAAA baseball playoffs on Wednesday with a dramatic 5-4 victory over vi ... Read More