High School Baseball

Newnan misfires against Carrollton on Military Night

by Chris Goltermann

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Newnan lefty Tanner Snellgrove fires to the plate during Friday’s game on Military Appreciation Night. 


Two baseball teams in camouflage uniforms entered Friday needing a win for opposite reasons - Newnan trying to cap off a busy week on a high note and Carrollton looking to snap a three-game losing streak.

But on Military Appreciation Night at Joe Pope Field, Trojan pitching held opposing bats in check throughout a 5-1 victory over the Cougars in a tough loss for starting left-handed pitcher Tanner Snellgrove, who was otherwise solid after a threer un f i rst inning.

Carrollton jumped on Newnan in the first on three hits and a costly error but was quiet until padding its lead with lone runs in the sixth and seventh.

The early outburst was more than enough for Trojan starter Tucker Reynolds, who pitched five scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out six.

Newnan finished with two hits and scored its lone run in the seventh when junior Caleb McElwaney singled and came home when a Carrollton relay throw to third bounded into left field.

The Cougars, who were playing their fourth game in five days, were coming off a hardfought 4-3 loss on Wednesday at McIntosh having hosted the Chiefs on Monday. In between, a lineup dominated by new faces in 2014 picked up its second win of the year at Chapel Hill.

Newnan fell to 2-6 overall while Carrollton improved to 3-5. Both teams have played tough non-region schedules with the Cougars losing three of its games to unbeaten McIntosh and Whitewater lineups. Carrollton's losses have included games against Whitewater, Class AAAAAA Hillgrove and two one-run games against high school programs from Florida.

For Newnan head coach Marc Gilmore, Friday's loss was a small setback after making considerable progress the previous two games.

'We're getting there. It would have been nice to end the week off on a better note, but we just didn't swing the bats,' Gilmore said. 'Their guy pitched a good game and he was able to work his splitter real well.'

Newnan returns to nonregion play on Monday with a trip to Northside-Columbus before hosting Chapel Hill on Tuesday.

On Friday, Reynolds gave up his lone hit on a sharp single to centerfield with two outs by senior third baseman Jake Kneidel in the third before eventually leaving the Cougar stranded.

Instead, Newnan's best opportunity against the righthander came in the second when Tyler Davis reached on an error to leadoff the inning and advanced when Reynolds mishandled Blake Crossing's bunt to the left of the mound.

Tucker McKibbon was the only other Cougar runner to touch second against the Trojan starter after coming on in a courtesy occasion when catcher Conner Dunn was plunked.

Newnan managed only a pair of flyball outs against Reynolds while mishandling a ball in the outfield in the first inning that kept runners moving amidst a three-run rally that followed with a two-run double by Will Hesterlee to deep center.

Kade Crawford then blooped an RBI single to left-center before being cutdown trying to advance to second.

Prior to the game, Gilmore presented a special camouf laged Newnan jersey to the Jimmy and Clare Whitlock, son of Airman Nick Whitlock. The former Cougar baseball standout, who was a captain and U-28 pilot, died in an accident in 2012 while returning from a mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Trojans 5, Cougars 1 Carrollton 300 001 1 - 5 4 3 Newnan 000 000 1 - 1 2 2 WP - Tucker Reynolds LP - Tanner Snellgrove



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