High School Baseball
Indians take advantage in 16-1 win over Lamar County
by Chris Goltermann
East Coweta made the most of Lamar County miscues over two innings— including nine walks for five runs off just one hit, then took advantage with a final four-hit barrage in the fourth en route to a 16-1 non-region victory at home on Tuesday.
Graden Treadwell and Austin Bellamy combined on a two-hitter for the Indians, who didn’t quite get the workout they expected against a Class AA playoff program a year ago while trying to get ready for a non-region showdown Thursday at home against Whitewater.
“Both of those guys pitched well for us,” said East Coweta head coach Franklin DeLoach, who was facing former college roommate Stewart Bailey, who coached Lamar to a 20-8 record in 2013.
Sophomore first-baseman Jaquez Williams continued to showcase his bat in just his third varsity game, roping a line-drive homer well over the 325-foot marker in right field in the first inning for the Indians’ only hit heading into the bottom of the third.
By then, however, East Coweta had taken advantage of nine walks and an overthrow to grab a quick 5-0 lead.
“That ball got out of here in a hurry,” DeLoach said of Williams, who finished 2-for-3 with a homer, a double and 3 RBIs despite making an error at first. “He’s still working on his defense at first base, but it’s allowed us to move Matt Meyer to third and keep us strong in the infield.”
The Indians senior third-baseman came up with two stops on hard-hit grounders in the second inning, the first of which looked destined for left field to rob a Trojan of a single. Meyer also added two more RBIs, giving him 7 in the first three games of the 2014 season.
Senior Cam Smith also had two hits including an RBI single to left during a four-hit fourth that eventually ended the game by mercy rule.
East Coweta scored four runs in the third and seven in the fourth to end the game early while drawing 11 walks against Lamar County pitching.
Shortstop Cary Holloway plated two runs with a single to push an 11-1 lead before Smith hit a sharp grounder through the left side of the infield.
Senior Bryce Gemmel then plated two more Indians on a double to left-center for East Coweta’s ninth and final hit.
Back-to-back hit batsman, the latter while plunking Indian MacKenzie Martin with the bases-loaded, pushed an early ending for Lamar County.
Austin Jones and Garrett bean also had hits. Smith, Jones and Devonte Brown each drew a pair of walks.
Treadwell struck out the side in his only inning of work while working out of a two-walk jam in the first for the Indians. Bellamy gave up two hits over the final three innings, allowing both Lamar County hits, but striking out two.
Indians 16, Trojans 1
Lamar 001 0 — 1 2 4
East Coweta 324 7 — 16 9 2
WP — Graden Treadwell
LP — Donley