High School Softball

East Coweta, Newnan set to renew rivalry

by Doug Gorman

It's only the week of Labor Day, but when East Coweta and Newnan take the field tonight in Sharpsburg at 6 p.m., the winner will gain early control of the road to a Region 3-AAAAAA title.

'The way our region is, the winner of this game will probably be hosting the other for the region title next month, that is something we have talked to our girls about,' said East Coweta head coach Franklin Deloach said.

Newnan head coach Carrie Gilmore agrees there is plenty riding on this game.

'We know that it will determine who host the region tournament,' she said. 'We would love it to be us.'

East Coweta comes into the home contest with a 6-2 overall record and a 1-0 mark in Region 3-AAAAAA play.

Newnan enters the contest at 4-3 overall and 1-0 in the region.

Neither has yet to be tested in 3-AAAAAA.

East Coweta rolled past Tri- Cities 15-0 last week to open the Region 3-AAAAAA portion of their schedule.

The Lady Indians exploded for 13 runs in the second inning to pull past Tri-Cities in a game called after three innings.

Newnan picked up its first region victory against Douglas County last week with a 14-0 decision.

A year ago, the Lady Indians swept all three meetings between the county and region rivals.

Tonight's contest could come down to pitching.

Newnan's Tori Loveless brings experience into the contest, while East Coweta entered the season trying to replace Megan Chocallo, who was a four-year starter for the Lady Indians.

East Coweta will put the ball in the hands of sophomore Morgan Goree.

'I think the key for us is going to be avoiding free passes,' DeLoach said. 'We have to keep them off the bases. We like what we are getting from out pitching.'

Gilmore is confident Loveless can get the job done.

'Her teammates have a lot of confidence in her,' Gilmore said. 'She also has a good defense behind her.'

The Lady Cougars come into today's rivalry after knocking off Carrollton 6-4 in a nonregion game Tuesday afternoon.

When the Lady Indians take the field, it will be a week between games.

Both teams are getting support through the early part of the season from a collection of different players.

Loveless has shown her ability to keep opposing hitters of balance with her collection of pitchers, but she also has to help her own cause with the bat.

Newnan also has been getting help from players such as Chaycie Goggins and Lauren Ferguson.

Goggins helped the Lady Cougars open Region 3-AAAAAA play with three home runs against Douglas County last week. Junior Arden Jobe had a home run in a 12-0 win over Northside Columbus. Ferguson had a solo shot in the win against Carrollton.

East Coweta comes into the rivalry with its own collection players who are contributing in different ways.

Maggie Morrow has displayed plenty of power at times this year, hitting home runs against Tri-Cities.

Newnan hasn't beaten East Coweta in several attempts, but Gilmore likes the team's chances this year.

'The chemistry is really good on this team,' she said. 'We are holding each other accountable, and I think that will pay off.'



More Sports

Wet weather continues to cause headaches

Rain, rain go away

One of the biggest challenges this week for local high school teams hasn’t been beating opponents, but finding a way to finish games b ... Read More


High School Lacrosse

Cougars unable to hold off Kennesaw Mountain

Newnan’s boys lacrosse team stayed close on Thursday against Kennesaw Mountain before falling to the the Mustangs 14-2. After the two ... Read More


College Football

Cronic hands over coaching reins to son at Reinhardt

Once upon a time, Danny Cronic handed over the starting quarterback job at East Coweta High to son Drew with as much faith as any head coach ... Read More


High School Tennis

EC boys cap perfect region run with championship

East Coweta’s boys tennis team capped off an undefeated season in Region 3-AAAAAA play by capturing a tournament championship on Thurs ... Read More


High School Baseball

Cougars follow through behind Thomley

For a few innings against Westlake on Thursday at home, the Newnan Cougars played with a split personality. After scoring two runs in the bo ... Read More

High School Baseball

Northgate hurlers combine on no-hitter in 12-1 rout

Northgate flexed its offensive muscle Thursday afternoon, beating Morrow 12-1 in a Region 4B-AAAAA contest called after five innings. But it ... Read More