High School Baseball
Indians fall at Fayette County
FAYETTEVILLE — Baseball lineups from Fayette County haven’t been kind to East Coweta over the last two days.
A day after being handed a 4-1 decision to Whitewater for its first defeat of the 2014 season, the Indians came up short in a 7-6 loss at Fayette County.
East Coweta’s bats matched the Tigers with seven hits apiece, but four unearned runs were as much the Indians’ undoing on an afternoon where both defenses committed four errors.
Stephen Cruver went 2-for-3 with a walk to lead East Coweta (3-2), which battled back from a 6-2 deficit by scoring a run in the fifth, two in the sixth and one more in the seventh.
But after putting the potential tying run on first following back-to-back walks to open the final inning, the Indians couldn’t find a way to get it home with two outs before the Tigers closed out the win following a popout.
Fayette County rallied from an early 2-0 deficit for six runs in its first two at bats before East Coweta stormed back at the finish.
A two-out rally in the sixth by the Tigers plated a key insurance run off a walk, a single and a wild pitch to push a 7-5 lead heading into the top of the seventh.
The Indians came out swinging for two runs off two hits and an error in the first, with first baseman Jaquez Williams opening the scoring with an RBI double to score Cruver after the first of his two singles.
Cary Holloway, Garrett Bean and Austin Jones also had RBIs, with Jones also connecting with a leadoff double in the sixth that led to a run on Bean’s sacrifice fly that pulled East Coweta to within a 6-4 deficit.
Holloway followed with a run-scoring single to right to bring the Indians within a run with one out and the tying run at first before the Tigers got out of the jam.
East Coweta starting pitcher Austin Bellamy allowed a run on three hits over two innings, striking out three and walking just one before teammate Tyler Exley came on in relief.
Exley was tagged for six runs, but only two of which were earned, while also striking out three over four innings work.
The Indians cap off a three-game stretch against Fayette foes on Monday at home against Starr’s Mill.
East Coweta 200 012 1 — 6 7 4
Fayette County 240 001 x — 7 7 4
WP – Spruill. LP — Exley.