High School Softball
EC sets up revenge game with 14-0 win
by Doug Gorman
East Coweta softball coach Franklin DeLoach never used the word revenge Tuesday night when talking about his team’s showdown against rival Newnan in the winners’ bracket of the Region 3-AAAAAA Tournament.
Then again, no such word was needed to remind the Lady Indians.
East Coweta’s 6-5 loss to Newnan last month, the first to its rivals in nine years, is still fresh on the team’s mind.
When two teams meet tonight at 6:30 p.m., the winner will control its own destiny the rest of the way in the double-elimination Region 3-AAAAAA tournament.
It probably won’t be the last time the two teams meet en route to crowning a tournament champion.
Either Newnan (20-6) or East Coweta (22-7) will have to come out of the losers’ bracket, so there could be two additional games between the rivals on Thursday.
“We are just going to take it one game at a time,” DeLoach said. “More importantly, just one pitch at a time.”
Second-seeded East Coweta set up today’s rematch with an easy 14-0 victory over Westlake in a game called after four innings.
It was the second time East Coweta has knocked off the Lady Lions by the mercy rule this year.
When the teams played during the regular season, East Coweta won 11-2 in game called after five innings.
In Tuesday’s game, little changed for the Lady Indians who took control early and never looked back.
“We got to use a lot of players,” DeLoach said. “We did what we had to do to win, and we feel really good about that. We jumped on them early and that kind of deflated them.”
The Lady Indians jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first inning despite needing just six hits.
Westlake, however, was its own worst enemy, finishing the game with seven errors.
Morgan Goree and Kaylin Wall split pitching duties for the Lady Indians, each throwing two innings. Goree started the game and struck out three. Wall finished the game with two strikeouts.
“They both pitched two very good innings,” DeLoach said.
Five of the six East Coweta hits went for extra bases. Reba Jones, Kia Smith and Shemiah Sanchez had doubles and Mekhia Freeman added a triple.
Smith and Jones each finished with two RBIs to help pace the offense.
East Coweta added three more runs in the second and one more in the third.
Lauren Liebe was hit by a pitch and Hailey Baswell made it to first on an error before later scoring runs for the Lady Indians.
Armani Blake picked up the only hit of the game for Lady Lions with a single in the third inning.
The Class AAAAAA tournament starts next week with the top two teams from each region earning home field advantage in the best-of-three first-round series.
LADY INDIANS 14, LADY LIONS 0
Westlake 000 0 — 0
EC (10)31 X—14
WP — Morgan Goree