High School Baseball
Indians cap off sweep of Tri-Cities
by Doug Gorman
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