High School Softball
EC, Northgate prepare for final showdown
The final week of the regular season began eerily similar for both Northgate and East Coweta, each preparing to begin postseason tournaments next week.
Today, the two teams will square off at Northgate in a non-region game in what expects to be a playoff-type atmosphere.
Both the Lady Vikings and Lady Indians breezed to wins on Tuesday after much closer victories to begin the week.
Northgate (17-2) needed just two at-bats to beat Creekside 15-0 in a game called by the mercy rule after the top of the third on Senior Night. The win came after a thrilling 5-4 victory over Class AA’s No. 1-ranked team, Heard County that kept a 16-game win streak alive heading into today’s matchup with East Coweta.
The Lady Indians have yet to allow a run this week following shutout wins over Chapel Hill (3-0) and Northside-Columbus (10-0) while improving to 18-6.
East Coweta is looking to even its regular-season series against Northgate after falling 6-0 to the Lady Vikings on Sept. 9.
The two schools, however, joined forces this year for a cancer research fundraiser. Between the junior varsity and varsity games the two teams will present a check for $1,601.61 to the Pink Posse in Coweta County and to Cancer Centers of America in Newnan.
The final contest pits a pair of lineups that are on extended win streaks.
In Northgate’s Region 4-AAAAA rout over Creekside, Haley Flood and McKenzie Peace combined for a no-hitter. Peace threw two innings, striking out four, while Flood struck out two in her only inning of work.
The Lady Vikings finished with 14 hits and took advantage of three Lady Seminoles errors.
Brenna Skalski, Haley Flood, Brittany Futral and Rachel Cook each finished with two RBIs.
Lauren Deloach, Emily Heath, McKenzie McCloud, Peace and Casey Kent drove in a run each during the victory.
In Monday’s win, Northgate outhit Heard County 11-10 behind Peace, who had 10 strikeouts.
After falling behind 2-0 in the top of the third, the Lady Vikings took the lead for good with four runs in the bottom of the third.
Jessica Houk helped produce some of the Lady Vikings ‘ fourth-inning fireworks with a two-run homer.
Emily Heath and Carly Alderman also had RBIs in the inning.
Northgate added its final run of the game in the fifth and then held off Heard County’s rally attempt.
Meanwhile, East Coweta won for the fourth time in a row Tuesday afternoon, including with its second straight shutout.
The Lady Indians rolled to a 10-0 victory against Northside-Columbus in a game called after five innings. On Monday, the Lady Indians rolled to a 3-0 victory over Chapel Hill.
East Coweta improved its record to 18-6.
In Tuesday’s victory over Northside, Kaylin Wall pitched four innings, giving up the only hit of the game, and teammate Kayla Vincent pitched an inning of no-hit ball , with one strikeout.
The Lady Indians jumped all over Northside with six runs in the first and four in the fourth.
Offensively, Katey Lynch led the way with three RBIs, including a home run. It was Lynch’s second homer in as many days.
Lauren Liebe, Gracelyn Newmon, Mekhia Freeman and Kia Smith each drove in two runs en route to the win.
In Monday’s win, East Coweta sophomore Morgan Goree turned a strong pitching performance on to lift the Lady Indians to a 3-0 victory over Chapel Hill on Monday.
Goree went the distance for the Lady Indians, allowing just two hits and striking out eight en route to the shutout.
Leading 1-0, the bottom of the fifth inning, East Coweta added their final two runs thanks to Lynch’s two-run homer in the fifth.
East Coweta scored its first run of the game in the first inning when Shemiah Sanchez walked with the bases loaded.
The Lady Indians finished the game with seven hits, including two by Maggie Morrow to lead the offense.