The Newnan Times-Herald


Cougars turn attention back to region play after streak snapped

  • By Doug Gorman
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  • Mar. 02, 2018 - 4:50 AM

Newnan managed to dodge the raindrops Wednesday night, but couldn't figure out away to score runs against visiting Villa Rica in the non-region baseball game at Joe Pope Field.

Villa Rica scored one run in the first and exploded for five in the sixth and added one in the seventh to secure the 7-0 shutout.

The Wildcats outhit Newnan 9-3.

The loss snapped a two-game winning streak and dropped the Cougars' record to 6-3 overall.

Newnan opened Region 2-7A competition Tuesday with a win over Campbell. The two squads will play Friday at Campbell.

Villa Rica improved to 7-3.

Newnan struggled to find its offense throughout the game.

Jessie Martinez started the game on the mound for the Wildcats and pitched six innings.

The senior struck out at least one Cougar each inning, finishing with 10.

Villa Rica took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Johnny Bravy started the game with a base hit.

Martinez helped his own cause when he reached on an error.

Bravy moved to third on a ground ball and then scored one batter later on Logan Smallwood's RBI. Villa Rica's 1-0 lead held up through the next five innings until they put the game out of reach with five runs runs sixth.

Newnan's Elliott Schubert became the Cougars' first base runner of the game when he reached on an error by the Wildcats' third base to start a two-out rally in the bottom of the third.

He put himself in scoring position after stealing second, but the inning ended when Martinez struckout his fourth Newnan batter.

Newnan pitcher Peyton Cooper pitched out of the third with a runner in scoring position, recording a strikeout and inducing a ground ball.

Woody Waters started the bottom of the third with a one-out single and went to second on Hamilton Schubert's base hit, but both runners were stranded after Villa Rica recorded the final two outs of the inning ending the Cougars' best chance to score.