High School Softball
EC's Goree fans 10 in win over McIntosh
Morgan Goree began this fall as an unproven varsity pitcher for East Coweta. But she heads into the postseason as a veteran after a strong final week of the regular season.
Goree held McIntosh to one hit in a 10-strikeout effort to lead the Lady Indians to a 5-1 victory over the Lady Chiefs on Friday in Peachtree City.
The latest outing from Goree came after a shutout over Eagle's Landing Christian on Thursday and a one-hit performance in a tough-luck 3-2 loss at Northgate on Wednesday. East Coweta still needed a two-run outburst in the top of the fourth to jump ahead of McIntosh for good after allowing a run in the first. The Lady Indians went ahead 1-0 by scoring on a wild pitch only to see the Lady Chiefs tie it during a rally that produced its only hit.
From there, however, Goree only allowed two more baserunners on a walk and an error, retiring eight Lady Chiefs between the second and the fourth and then the final 10 she faced in the complete-game victory.
In between, East Coweta put together goahead runs with one-out in the fourth on an RBI double by Lauren Liebe to left field and a run-scoring single to right by Hayley Baswell to go ahead 3-1.
Leadoff hitter Kia Smith led the Lady Indian bats by going 3-for-3 with a triple and a double, leading off the top of the seventh with the latter and eventually scoring following a sacrifice bunt and Katie Lynch's run-scoring groundout for her second RBI of the game.
Lynch's double to center field in the fifth to score Smith following her one-out single had previously increased East Coweta's lead to 4-1.
HEARD COUNTY 8, NEWNAN 0: Coming off the emotional high of a 1-0 win over Northgate, the Lady Cougars had a tougher time with Class AA's No. 1 state-ranked lineup on the road to close the regular season.
Newnan will now take its 17-5 record into next week's Region 3-AAAAAA tournament at home, starting with a first-round game against Douglas County on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
The loss snapped an eight-game win streak by the Lady Cougars dating back to Sept. 13.
Heard County starting pitcher Jordan Watson held Newnan to just one hit over five innings, walking three but also striking out seven in the victory. Shelby O'Neal closed out the game with a scoreless sixth.
Watson was just as impressive at the plate, going 3-for-3 with three extra-base hits including a homer and a triple while finishing with 5 RBIs. Watson and Alexis Raines, who went 2-for-4, both had doubles for the Lady Braves in the victory.
On the heels of a shutout effort over Northgate, Newnan junior Tori Loveless struggled on the mound, but got help in relief by teammate Emily Allen. Allen allowed just one earned run during the final 4 1/3 innings as Heard scored twice on four hits.
Lindsay Stewart had Newnan's only extrabase hit in the loss.
HERITAGE SCHOOL CLINCHES NO. 3 SEED IN REGION: The Heritage School defeated Mount de Sales this week 6-4 to clinch the No. 3 seed in this year's state tournament. Autumn Rochester struck out six and allowed five hits and one walk, while freshman shortstop Kara Groover went 3-for-4 with a double and triple in the victory.
Heritage will travel to Westfield, the No. 2 seed out of Region 2-AAA, in the first round.