High School Softball
No-hitters, homers lead to region routs for ECHS, Newnan
Coweta County softball lineups took turns dominating region opponents on Tuesday, with the trend following suit in a big way for Newnan and East Coweta in Region 2-AAAAAA.
Newnan needed just three innings at home to wrap up a 20-5 blowout of Langston Hughes at home while equally continuing its prowess for power-hitting with five home-runs, two of which went for grand slams.
East Coweta, meanwhile, swept Douglas County with a pair of 17-0 victories where three Lady Indian pitchers combined on a two no-hitters.
Morgan Goree blanked the Lady Tigers in game one, which counted in the 2-AAAAAA standings, striking out six batters without yielding a walk in three innings.
East Coweta's bats connected for 17 hits in game one, including home runs by Katie Lynch, Reba Jones and Maggie Morrow. Lynch went 3-for-3 with 5 RBIs while Jones drove in four runs in the victory while adding a double.
In game two, Kayla Vincent and Kaylin Wall combined on a second no-hitter, each striking out two batters over three innings. Gabby Freed led the offense going 3-for-3 with a homer and 3 RBIs. Every starter had at least one hit in both games of the doubleheader.
East Coweta returns to action today against Peachtree Ridge in a tournament game at Brookwood High.
Newnan, meanwhile, continued a busy week by watching Shania Colton become at least the second Lady Cougar this season to post a multi-homer game this season, joining teammate Chaycie Goggins. Colton went 3-for-3 with two homers and 5 RBIs to lead Newnan's offensive clinic.
Lindsay Stewart and Leslie Davis each belted grand slams, with Stewart's starting off the scoring in the bottom of the first for a 4-0 lead following a single by Colton and back-to-back walks. Colton later connected again in the inning for her first homer, a three-run blast that pushed the early advantage to 8-0 over Hughes.
Stewart also went 3-for-3 and finished with 4 RBIs.
Colton homered again in the second during a six-run rally that included doubles by Stewart and senior Tori Neill. She finished the night during a rare appearance on the mound, with all five runs by the Lady Panthers coming unearned in the top of the third.
Davis' grand-slam over the center-field fence capped off the victory in the bottom of the third. The final rally began when Lauren Ferguson led off the inning with a similar blast to center field.
Neill, Davis and Coggins each had two hits in the victory, which included nine extra-base hits and five stolen bases by the Lady Cougars. Emily Allen pitched two shutout innings in the victory, striking out three while allowing just two hits. Newnan was coming off Monday's 7-4 victory over Pike County on the road, scoring three times in the fourth and sixth innings to pull away.
The Lady Cougars trailed 3-1 heading into the top of the fourth before taking the lead for good with a three-run rally. Ferguson's RBI single with the bases loaded cut the deficit to one before Colton doubled home the tying and go-ahead runs.
Freshman Hannah Scarbrough's RBI single pushed Newnan's advantage to 5-3 to open a three-run sixth before Goggins drove home two more runs with a single to center.