High School Baseball
East Coweta stays perfect in region
by Doug Gorman
If ever there was a team in need of a few days off, it's East Coweta's baseball team.
The anticipation of rain both today and Saturday forced the Indians to opt for games over four consecutive days. The good news for vete ran head coach Franklin DeLoach is the Indians rose to the occasion, w i n ni ng a l l four, capped off by Thursday's 15-0 rout over Langston Hughes in three innings to complete the Region 3-AAAAAA sweep.
'It has been kind of a long week,' DeLoach said. 'The good news is we did what we were supposed to do.'
The two teams were scheduled to play the series finale today, but a game was played Wednesday to avoid the threat of bad weather.
It really didn't matter, the Indians mercy-ruled the Panthers in all three-games, outscoring Langston Hughes 48-5 including Wednesday's 13-1 final.
East Coweta (11-5, 6-0) has swept both Tri-Cities and Langston Hughes to begin region play.
'You can't control your opponent,' DeLoach said. 'We know it is going to get tougher. We have beaten the two teams who probably won't make the playoffs.'
Sophomore left-hander Thomas Leone picked up the win in three innings striking out five, including the side in the second inning while allowing just three hits.
It was an impressive week for Leone, who picked up a save on Monday in the Indians' non-region victory over Northside Columbus.
The Indians pounded out 11 hits and took advantage of six errors by Langston Hughes.
Matt Meyer and Jaquez Williams each hit home runs en route to the Indians' victory.
Meyer started the offensive explosion for the Indians hitting a threerun homer in the bottom of the first after Makenzie Martin doubled and Bryce Gemmel walked.
The Indians pushed seven more runs across in the top of the second. Williams' two-run homer was just part of inning where East Coweta sent 12 men to the plate.
Austin Jones and Gemmel drove in two runs in the second and Meyer had his fourth RBI of the game with a double.
East Coweta closed out the game with five more runs in the top of bottom of the third, scoring the fifth in final run on an error when the ball was thrown down the third base line for Langston Hughes' sixth error of the game.
The Panthers had a chance to score on the top of the second when Denarius Hines Johnson doubled and Eric Black reached on a base hit, with two outs but Leone finished off the inning with his third strikeout.
East Coweta finished the contest with six extra base hits, including two doubles from Meyer who finished with a 3-for-3 performance.
Cam Smith and Martin also had doubles.
The Indians resume Region 3-AAAAAA play Tuesday on the road at Douglas County. The two teams resume play on Thursday back at East Coweta before concluding the three-game series on Friday.
'We made some strides this week,' DeLoach said. 'We have challenged the guys with some tough love and they have responded very well.'