High School Softball
Newnan unable to continue early success vs. Collins Hill
by Doug Gorman
COLUMBUS—The Newnan Lady Cougars put a scare into No. 4-ranked Collins Hill Lady Eagles during the first day of the Elite 8 Class AAAAA softball tournament, but it wasn’t enough as they fell to the loser’s bracket after a 7-3 loss.
Returning to the South Commons softball facility and the Elite 8 for the first time since 2010, Newnan will have to come out of the losers’ bracket today starting at 11 a.m. if it hopes to bring home the school’s first softball title.
Newnan faces Brookwood, which lost 3-0 to Kennesaw Mountain in the first round.
The Lady Cougars put a scare into fourth-ranked Collins Hill Thursday on the first day of the double-elimination, tying the game at 2-2 with two runs in the bottom of the second but it wasn’t enough.
Newnan gave up five unearned runs in the loss, but head coach Carrie Gilmore was pleased with the way her squad held its own against a Collins Hill team that has made several trips to the Elite 8 over the past few seasons.
“I think we proved we can play with anybody,” she said. “I think if you take some of the errors away, we’re right in there.”
Trailing 7-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Lady Cougars made one last rally attempt, when Lauren Ferguson drove in Hannah Scarbrough with a base hit.
Scarbrough and Ferguson led Newnan with two hits and two runs scored. Tori Loveless, Chaycie Goggins, Shana Colton also had hits in the loss.
Newnan spotted Collins Hill a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning but scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the second when Goggins and Scarbrough reached and later crossed the plate after two Collins Hill errors.
Collins Hill broke the game open in the top of the fifth when it pushed three runs across with a two-out rally.
Tyra Holliday ran the count full against Loveless and reached on fielders choice to score Aeshia Miles.
The big blow for the Lady Eagles in the inning came from Madison Parlmieri who drove in a run with a hard-hit double.
With Collins Hill already leading 5-2 after six innings, it added some some insurance with two runs in the top of the seventh.
Collins Hill pitcher Erin Hamilton, one of three pitchers for the Lady Eagles, allowed seven hits, but struck out five en route to the win.
Loveless ended her night on the mound with two strikeouts.
“The good thing for us is we can get good night sleep, coming back tomorrow and know what to expect,” Gilmore said.