East Coweta stays undefeated in region
East Coweta left-handed starting pitcher Thomas Leone wasn’t about to let Douglas County dictate the start of Friday’s Region 3-AAAAAA game as the Tigers had a day earlier.
Leone allowed just one run on three hits through six innings, striking out six and allowing the Indians to grab a lead for good in the bottom of the first en route to an 11-1 victory in six innings.
The win kept East Coweta undefeated in 3-AAAAAA play at 9-0 following its third consecutive series sweep. Now 13-5, the team also takes an 10-game winning streak into Thursday’s lone appearance during spring break at home against Lovejoy on Thursday.
Prior to the game, East Coweta retired former standout and eventual major-league infielder Brad Emaus’ jersey number. Emaus set 18 school records before moving on to Tulane University and eventually the pros while playing for Toronto, the New York Mets and Colorado. Following the win, East Coweta hosted an alumni game.
“Thomas did a nice job. But the score was deceiving,” said East Coweta head coach Franklin Deloach, who watched his team respond from an early four-run deficit on Thursday at Douglas County. “They’re much improved over last year.”
The Tigers (4-9, 0-6) closed within a 2-1 deficit with a run in the top of the second before the Indians finally began to pull away.
East Coweta rallied for two runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings before ending the game on a three-run homer from sophomore Jaquez Williams.
Nick Pippen reached base all four times while finishing with three hits. Stephan Cruver reached three times including one on a triple.
Bryce Gemmel also had two of East Coweta’s nine hits, which also included at least one each from Cary Holloway, Devonte Brown and Austin Jones.