The East Coweta Indians certainly had their chances at home Saturday in the deciding contest in a three-game series with Etowah to open the Class AAAAAAA playoffs.
In the end, head coach Franklin DeLoach’s team dropped a heartbreaking 5-2 decision in eight innings.
A 1-1 tie at the end of seven sent the game into extra innings, and Etowah broke open the game with four runs in the top of the eighth.
Drew Waters belted a three-run homer and and teammate Weston Campbell had a solo homer for Etowah.
Ryan Dyal tried to keep the Indians in the game with a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth, but it wasn’t enough.
Saturday’s game was needed after the two teams split in Friday’s action.
Etowah won the first game 5-3, but the Indians kept the series alive with a 15-1 victory in the second contest in a game called after six innings.
On Saturday, neither team was able to score until the bottom of the sixth, when the Indians pushed the first run of the game across the plate.
Senior leadoff hitter Devonte Brown ripped a triple to start the inning and scored Emilio Morales, who had reached on a single.
Etowah tied the game in the top of the seventh when pitcher Andrew Kenne reached on a base hit and scored on Jackson Sisk’s double.
Sisk was picked off at second and the Indians were able to pitch out of the inning.
East Coweta got help from the bottom of the lineup in the bottom of the seventh when Cameron Jackson and Nate Gick reached on back-to-back hits, but neither runner could score, sending the contest into extra innings where Etowah was able to put the game away.
Coleman Wood started from the mound for the Indians and pitched into the sixth before being removed from the game after reaching the 110-pitch limit. The pitch count rules are new to the Georgia High School Association this season.
Wood had five strikeouts. Cody Rodgers had two strikeouts in relief.
Keene also reached the pitch count limit for Etowah, pitching into the sixth inning. He had nine strikeouts.
Etowah threatened to take control of the game early, loading the bases in the first and second and leaving nine runners on base through four innings, but Wood pitched out of the jams each time.
Wood ended the first three innings with strikeouts.
In Friday’s 5-3 loss, Wood had a homer for East Coweta. In Friday’s 15-1 victory, Brown and Morales had four RBIs each.
Dyal also had a homer.