With two regular-season Region 2-AAAAAAA games left next week, the East Coweta Indians control their own destiny.
East Coweta needs either a win on the road next Tuesday at Wheeler or a victory at home Thursday against Newnan to win the region title and enter the playoffs as the No. 1 seed.
The Indians took care of business Friday night at home with a 7-2 victory over Westlake.
“I thought we played some really good baseball tonight,” East Coweta head coach Franklin Deloach said. “We did what we had to do to win the game.”
East Coweta improved to 23-4 overall and 12-1 in Region 2-AAAAAAA action. Westlake fell to 7-14 overall and 4-8 in Region 2-AAAAAAA.
“We just have to go out next week and take it one game at a time,” Deloach said.
Mason Frady pitched five solid innings for the Indians before Avery Reynolds came into the game in relief for East Coweta.
Although Frady gave up back-to-back singles in the first inning, most of his pitches found the strike zone.
The senior, who has already signed a letter of intent to Georgia State, recorded seven strikeouts through the first three innings and finished with 10 for the game.
Westlake’s other two outs were a ground ball to third base and a flyout to center field.
East Coweta broke the game open in the third inning when it scored three runs with help from the bottom of the order.
Trevor Gaddy walked and Nate Gick singled to set the stage for Zack Bruce, who bats ninth in the Indians’ lineup.
Westlake pitcher Drew Bolden threw two strikes before Bruce ripped a triple down the first base line, scoring Gaddy and Gick.
Devonte Brown kept the inning going for the Indians when he was hit by a pitch. Bruce added the third run of the game when he scored on a double steal.
Westlake cut the lead to 3-2 in the top of the fourth when Bolden reached on a walk and Wayne Wright took first on a fielder’s choice.
Westlake’s El Rico Riley then drove Bolden and Wright in on a double.
East Coweta added a run in the bottom of the fourth when Ethan Darrow walked. He scored when Gaddy reached on a hit and an error to increase the lead to 4-2.
Wild pitching by Westlake helped East Coweta increase the lead to 6-2 in the fourth.
Bruce and Brown reached after being hit by pitches, and both later scored on Ryan Dyal’s base hit.
East Coweta added its last run in the top of the fifth when Coleman Wood singled. Courtesy runner Brandon Frost scored the final run for the Indians.
The Indians’ Avery Reynolds didn’t allow a hit in his two innings of relief for the Indians, recording two strikeouts as well.