High School Softball
County rivals set for showdown today
by Doug Gorman
Host Newnan jumped on top of Douglas County early, scoring three runs in the first and second innings, and never looked back en route to an 8-0 victory over the Lady Tigers to open the Region 3-AAAAAA softball tournament on Tuesday to set up a much-anticipated rematch with rival East Coweta today.
“We talked to our girls about the importance of not looking ahead,” said Newnan head coach Carrie Gilmore. “I think they did a really good job of staying focused.”
The top-seeded Lady Cougars face the No. 2 Lady Indians at 6:30 p.m., in tonight’s semifinals at Newnan. Douglas County and Westlake open today’s schedule in an elimination game.
The Lady Indians set up the rematch from a game earlier Tuesday with a 14-0 victory over Westlake.
All four schools have already clinched a berth in the upcoming Class AAAAAA state tournament.
On Tuesday, Newnan pitchers Tori Loveless and Emily Allen split the effort on the mound, each allowing just one hit while combining for five strikeouts, four of which came from Allen in relief.
At the plate, the Lady Cougars made the most of six hits, a pair of which came from senior third-baseman Lindsay Stewart, who finished three RBIs.
Her two-run double in the first to score sophomore Maysen Willard and freshman shortstop Hannah Scarbrough jumpstarted Newnan’s offense in the bottom of the first inning.
The Lady Cougars relied on back-to-back doubles by junior Arden Jobe and Stewart in the second to push three more runs across the plate.
Jobe’s double brought home Scarbrough and Ferguson. Stewart also knocked in her third RBI of the game when Lauren Ferguson cross the plate.
In the regular-meeting between the two teams, Newnan beat Douglas County 14-0. Although, the Lady Cougars threw their second shutout against the Lady Tigers, this game was was much more competitive.
Pitcher Hayley Houser and the Lady Tiger defense retired seven consecutive batters during one stretch. Charlotte Tuggle had both hits for Douglas County.
Newnan ended Douglas County’s hopes of getting back in the game scoring two runs in the bottom of the fifth to end the game by the mercy rule.
Walks allowed Shakerra Geter and Chasity Meadows to come around, the latter on an RBI hit by Willard.
The Lady Cougars continued to play without senior shortstop Chaycie Goggins, who had her appendix removed two weeks ago. Gilmore is hoping the All-County standout will be cleared in time to return for the state playoffs. Scarbrough has stepped in to give the Lady Cougars some solid play in place of Goggins.
“She is just a freshman, but she is doing a great job of stepping up,” Gilmore said.
Lady Cougars 8, Lady Tigers 0
DOUGLAS COUNTY 000 00—0
NEWNAN 330 02—8
WP — Tori Loveless. LP — Hayley Houser