East Coweta Baseball

Indians complete 24-hour 'trifecta'

by Staff Reports

Break? What break?

East Coweta’s baseball team certainly didn’t look as if its unbeaten streak was going to stop anytime soon this week, despite time off from school.

The Indians won three times in the span of 24 hours, sweeping a Region 3-AAAAAA doubleheader against Douglas County one day after crushing Lovejoy 15-0 at home in four innings on Monday.

Combined, they allowed all of five hits while outscoring their two opponents 29-1.

Opting to play both series games in Douglasville consecutively, East Coweta came through with 11-1 and 4-0 victories over the Tigers, the latter in a one-hit shutout effort by Indian junior Austin Bellamy.

A final game is scheduled for Thursday in Sharpsburg, weather permitting.

The three victories pushed East Coweta’s undefeated record to 15-0 and a perfect 5-0 in the region, a half-game ahead of Newnan’s unbeaten pace.

The county rivals continue on a collision course toward a three-game showdown that should ultimately decide the 3-AAAAAA championship in two weeks. Newnan breezed past Tri-Cities 10-0 in five innings at home on Tuesday (see related story).

One night after pounding 10-hits against Lovejoy while taking advantage of eight Wildcat errors in a two-hit shutout, the Indians needed a five-run outburst in the top of the fifth to grab some momentum in game one against Douglas County before riding Bellamy’s arm in the nightcap.

East Coweta capitalized on eight Tiger errors split equally between the two games including one that sparked the five-run rally in the opener against Douglas County that turned a 1-1 game into a rout.

Junior Bryce Gemmel went 3-for-5 with 4 RBIs in game one, two of which came on a double in the fifth. Zach McCurry continued his strong senior year on the mound for East Coweta. The right-hander struck out 10 while allowing a run off two hits in six innings.

Leadoff hitter Cam Smith went 2-for-4 while drawing a bases-loaded walk in the fourth. Jay Mann pitched a scoreless seventh inning to close out the two-hitter.

In game two against Douglas County, East Coweta opened the game with three runs in the top of the first and added a final run in the seventh while cruising behind Bellamy in a complete-game effort.

Bellamy struck out seven and walked just one while allowing just two runners to reach base. The Indians opened the scoring with back-to-back RBI hits by Jon Banks and Geremy Walton after Smith and Gemmel reached on an error and a walk to leadoff the game.

Bellamy struck out four of his first nine batters while staying perfect until giving up a single to open the bottom of the fourth.

Banks finished 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs while Walton went 2-for-3. Both Indians were coming off two-hit games against Lovejoy on Monday while combining for 5 RBIs.

Tim Manning and Jordan Lewis also drove in two runs in Monday’s victory.

Brandon Ruston pitched four scoreless innings and struck out four against Lovejoy.

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