Lady Indian bats slam Starr's

by Doug Gorman

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East Coweta runner Madison Carter scrambles to third on a ground ball to short during Wednesday's nonregion game against Starr's Mill at home.

If the East Coweta Lady Indians were looking for some sort of magic to jump start their softball season, they found it Wednesday afternoon thanks to a potent display of offense.

The Lady Indians scored at least two runs in four of their five at-bats en route to a 13-2 win over Starr's Mill at home in a game that lasted just five innings..

East Coweta outhit Starr's Mill 13-6 and every batter in the Lady Indians order reached base at least once.

'We came out swinging the bats exceptionally well today,' head coach Franklin Deloach said, turning his eyes to his scorebook. 'I am looking and I don't see any strikeouts. That is good to see. We had runners on base against a pretty good team.'

With East Coweta already comfortable in control of the contest, junior Lauren Liebe ended the game with the first grand slam of her varsity career with a home run that sailed over the fence with room to spare to give the Lady Indians the 10-run mercy rule victory.

'I had a pretty good feeling was going to get out as soon as I hit it, it felt solid,' Liebe said.

The victory comes less than 24 hours after the Lady Indians fell at Houston County 11-3.

Even in that loss, Liebe came through at the plate, getting two hits and an RBI.

East Coweta moved its record to 5-2 with Wednesday's win over the Lady Panthers.

The Lady Indians spotted Starr's Mill a 2-0 lead, but pitcher Morgan Goree regrouped.

After hitting two batters and walking one in the top of first, leading to the Lady Panthers two runs, Goree settled down and didn't allow a run the rest of the way.

Her effort also included four strikeouts.

' She is getting better,' Deloach said. 'She has to eliminate the free passes.'

She was also helped along with some solid fielding by her Lady Indian teammates.

East Coweta ended the contest without committing an error.

'We know if our young pitching staff can eliminate the free passes, with our great defense behind them we are going to be fine.'

The Lady Indians tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the first when Maggie Morrow ripped a double to score both Shemiah Sanchez and Katey Lynch to tie the game after one inning.

East Coweta took the lead of good when it brought three runs across the plate for a 5-2 lead.

Sanchez had the biggest blow of the inning, ripping a double to drive in two runs.

Taking advantage of another three-run explosion in the third, East Coweta increased their lead to 8-2.

Gracelon Newmon and Lynch contributed RBIs in the inning.

East Coweta scored the first of its five runs in the fifth inning when Freeman singled stole second and came home on a base hit by Lynch. After Reba Jones and Morrow walked to load the bases, Liebe ended the game with her grand slam.

The Indians play their fourth straight game this week today when they open the Region 3-AAAAAA schedule at Tri-Cities. Game time is set for 5 p.m.

LADY COUGARS 13, LADY PANTHERS 2 STARR MILL 20000-2 6 1 EAST COWETA- 23305-1313 0 WP-Megan Goree HR-Lauren Liebe




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