The Locust Grove Wildcats scored three runs in the top of the seventh to beat the East Coweta Indians 3-1 Wednesday evening in non-region action at ECHS.
It was a heartbreaking loss for the Indians, who held a 1-0 lead through six innings. But Locust Grove – the 2016 Class AAAA state champions – showed the mettle that comes with winning a state title by rallying when it mattered most. LG won its season opener Wednesday to start 1-0.
The Indians (0-2) got off to a good start Wednesday. Leadoff hitter and Georgia Tech signee Devonte Brown singled to right and advanced to second when Trevor Gaddy was hit by Wildcats’ pitcher Ethan Lindow. Brown and Gaddy moved up a base due to a passed ball and Brown soon scored from third on a groundout by Ryan Dyal for the 1-0 lead.
Mason Frady pitched pretty well for the Indians and his teammates helped him out by making great defensive plays to keep the score 1-0. EC shortstop Brown and first baseman Coleman Wood combined to rob LG’s Gavin Lee of a hit in the fifth inning, and EC left fielder Nick Daniel managed to catch a fly ball that was blown around by the wind in the sixth.
Lindow, a University of Alabama-Birmingham commit, and his teammates were also strong on the mound Wednesday. They held EC to only three hits and got out of several jams in the game.
Despite the lack of offense from EC, the Indians were in a position to finish with their first win of the season.
Avery Reynolds, who replaced Frady on the mound in the fifth inning, started on the bump in the seventh and gave up an infield single. Wood moved from first base to replace Reynolds on the mound and Gavin Lee, a Georgia State commit, promptly singled, putting Wildcats on first and second with no outs. Clay Shearouse hit a slow grounder to third that was misplayed for an error, and Bailey scored to tie the game at 1-all and put runners on second and third.
After an out, Austin Moody had a sacrifice fly to left to score Lee for the 2-1 LG lead, and Nolan Crisp, a University of Florida commit, smacked his third hit of the game to score Shearouse for the 3-1 margin.
Lee retired the EC side in order in the bottom of the seventh to get the win for the Wildcats.
LG had 10 hits in the game. Brown, Cameron Jackson and Zack Bruce had the hits for EC, which travels to face McIntosh High at 5:30 p.m. today.
In other baseball action, the Newnan Cougars rebounded from their loss to McIntosh to defeat the Whitewater Wildcats 12-4 Wednesday at Joe Pope Field.
Newnan (1-1) scored seven runs in the fifth inning to take control of the game. Elijah Boone was the spark for the Cougars on offense and Jake Martin pitched the final three innings for his first varsity win. Newnan plays at Northside-Columbus at 5:30 p.m. today.