High School Baseball
Cougars close on six-game win streak
Newnan's baseball team will head into next week's Class AAAAAA state playoffs with an addition to its roster.
First name 'Mo,' last name 'Mentum.' Put them together and you have a hot Cougars lineup that reinvigorated itself over a strenuous final week of play by rolling through six victories over a five-day span. It culminated Friday with a 4-1 win at home over Douglas County in a final makeup from this spring's continues rain.
But there may be a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow if Newnan continues to play like it did down the stretch while now taking a six-game win streak into the first round of the playoffs. Newnan, now 14-10 overall, will host the No. 3 seed out of Region 1-AAAAAA in a three-game series scheduled to begin Friday at Joe Pope Field.
'A lot of times it's all about playing good baseball at the right time toward the end of the season,' head coach Marc Gilmore said.
Newnan polished off a 11-3 record in region play after its six-pack of wins this week. The Cougars, who previously this week swept Langston Hughes and won two games to close a series against Westlake, followed a pattern of top-notch pitching efforts to close the regular season against visiting Douglas County at home.
Starter Anthony Marino, a standout on Newnan's JV this spring, joined relievers Chris Turner and Brady Barnes in a one-hit effort against the Tigers, who finished fifth out of six teams in the Region 3-AAAAAA standings.
Douglas County's lone hit came off a leadoff single by Mike Wright.
Marino gave up all three walks yielded to Douglas County batters, but also struck out a game-high seven in the victory, his first two coming in the top of the first to end one of just two legitimate threats from the Tigers.
'He threw well,' Gilmore said. 'We were getting short on pitchers and he had been one of our most efficient pitchers on JV. It had been a long time since he had been on the mound.'
Newnan picked up the only runs it needed in the second on a two RBI single by hothitting shortstop Chase Jones, who later drove in the Cougars' third run on a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning.
Ahead 3-0, Turner gave up an unearned run in the fifth before the junior teamed with Barnes, a sophomore left-hander, to retire the side in order in each of the last two innings.
Getting a rare chance to pinch-hit, Newnan senior pitcher Tanner Snellgrove made the most of the opportunity by singling a 0-2 pitch to centerfield for an RBI hit in the sixth to score freshman K.D. Satterwhite, who led off with a double.
'We got a chance to get all of our seniors in and him, being a pitcher, I felt like we had to get him in there some way,' Gilmore said. 'I told him to 'be ready to pinch hit in the sixth. I don't know where, but be ready.' And he came through with a twoout seeing eye single up the middle.'
Satterwhite and senior Justin Groover each went 1-for-2 with two runs scored.
Senior Drew Oldham also finished 1-for-1 with a walk in the victory.
Cougars 4, Tigers 1
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