High School Baseball
Cougars bounce back with win at Chapel Hill
by Chris Goltermann
Newnan’s baseball team quickly put a loss to McIntosh at home from Monday in the rear-view mirror, striking first against Chapel Hill and getting solid efforts from Sawyer Steele and Chris Turner on the mound for a 4-2 road victory.
Steele, a sophomore, allowed two runs off five hits while striking out three through five innings while using the location of his fastball to his advantage.
“He doesn’t throw really hard, but he really had good control of his fastball,” said Newnan head coach Marc Gilmore. “It was good after Monday’s game to come back with a win.”
The victory pushed Newnan’s record to 2-4 heading into today’s rematch with McIntosh in Peachtree City. The Chiefs responded from an early two-run deficit in Monday’s game while making the most of 12 hits to stay undefeated.
After leaving 12 runners on base on Monday, Newnan opened the game with three unanswered hits against Chapel Hill with Tyler Davis driving in a pair of runs for an early 2-0 lead.
The Panthers responded with two runs of their own in the third on a pair of walks and a bases-clearing triple on a play that just eluded right-fielder Brady Barnes a day after making two remarkable catches against McIntosh.
Barnes and senior Jake Kneidel each had two hits while senior Drew Oldham led the Cougars with three hits in the victory.
Newnan went ahead for good with a run in the fourth on an RBI from Justin Groover before adding an unearned run in the fifth.
Turner pitched the final two innings to earn a save in relief.