High School Baseball

Indians cap off sweep of Tri-Cities

by Doug Gorman

alt

Grant Simon tags a Tri-Cities baserunner for one of East Coweta’s five successful pickoff attempts against the Bulldogs. Simon stole two bases for the Indians in an 11-7 victory. 


The last of three consecutive victories over Tri-Cities to open Region 3-AAAAAA play won't go down as textbook way to win a baseball game for East Coweta.

But the Indians still managed to cap off a perfect week with a 11-7 victory at home on Friday.

Too many errors and pitching mistakes made a final victory over the Bulldogs much closer than it should have been.

Indians head coach Franklin Deloach did the math.

'We gave up 1,270 feet of baseball because of our five errors and 13 free passes (errors, walks and hit batters) and we let them stay in the game because of that,' DeLoach said. 'The good thing is we were able to get out of here with a region win.'

East Coweta was able to win all three games in the series this week against Tri-Cities, also beating the Bulldogs 8-1 on Tuesday, 13-1 on Thursday.

The series sweep improved the Indians record to 7-5 overall and 3-0 in Region 3-AAAAAA play heading into next week's three-game series with Langston Hughes.

Tri-Cities dropped to 0-10 and 0-3.

The Indians scored all 11 runs in its first four at-bats, scoring three times in the first and second innings and pushing four more runs across in the third.

They also added a single run in the fifth.

Matthew Meyer led East Coweta's offense with a three-run homer in the third while finishing with 5 RBIs.

Cameron Smith also had two hits and scored three runs. Bryce Gemmel, Jaquez Williams, Austin Jones and Nick Pippin all had RBIs for the Indians, which consistently took advantage of Tri-Cities' mistakes.

Only three of the Bulldogs runs were earned, but they never let the Indians take full control of the game, scoring three times in the third and sixth innings to go with a lone run in the fourth.

At times, the Bulldogs were their own worst enemy getting picked off base five times, including twice in the sixth after loading the bases.

'The good news tonight was Thomas Leone started his first varsity game and got the win,' Deloach said.

Leone worked four innings, striking out three and walking one.

Tyler Exley finished the game for the Indians and finished with a strikeout in 1 1/3 innings.

The Indians jumped out early in the first on sacrifice flies from Meyer and Williams. Gemmel also picked up his RBI thanks to a sacrifice fly later on.

East Coweta also finished the game with six stolen bases, two from Grant Simon.

Prior to traveling to Langston Hughes on Tuesday, the Indians host a non-region game aginst Northside Columbus.

INDIANS 11, BULLDOGS 7

TRI-CITIES 003 103 0 -7 7 4 

EAST COWETA 334 100 x -118 4 

WP -Thomas Leone



More Sports

High School Volleyball

Lady Indians will host Elite 8 match on Saturday

East Coweta’s volleyball team will host a GHSA Elite 8 match on Wednesday after the final eight teams in Class AAAAAA were reseeded fo ... Read More


High School Football

Back on track, Newnan turns attention to Pebblebrook

A big game — or at least in Newnan’s case, a more meaningful game locally — looms ahead next week. But trick-or-treating ... Read More


High School Softball

Northgate battles back after 8-inning loss in opener

Northgate’s softball team has a little more work to do if it hopes to continue the long standing tradition of advancing to the GHSA El ... Read More


High School Softball

Newnan dominates finale, stays alive with win

VALDOSTA — Newnan shook off an open- ing loss here to Region 1-AAAAAA softball champion Lowndes, by storming back in game two behind t ... Read More


Breakthrough victory

Lee Middle wins elusive CCMSAL football title

The fourth time turned out to the charm for Lee Middle School's football program. Teammates Gerald Green and Toni Kalanica each ran for well ... Read More

High School Softball

Three lineups two wins away from GHSA Elite 8

Coweta's high school softball teams don't need to be reminded about what's at stake starting today when they take the field in second round ... Read More