East Coweta head coach Franklin Deloach probably felt like he was on a roller coaster Friday night in the team’s 7-6 victory against visiting Region 2 7-A opponent Westlake.
After falling behind 4-0 after two Westlake at-bats, the Indians clawed their way back to take a one-run lead in the bottom of the third.
The Indians extended the lead to 7-4 after six innings, but Westlake put together one last rally attempt in the top of the seventh when Alabama signee Austin Myles blasted a two-run homer.
Westlake’s Noah Williams then doubled with two outs before East Coweta pitcher Austin Bunn struckout Jabari Whitehead to give the East Coweta the win.
Bunn entered the game in the seventh and picked up the save.
“This was a big region win for us,” Deloach said. “I am really happy that we just didn’t pack it in after we fell behind early.”
East Coweta improved to 11-5 and 6-0 in the region. The victory helps the Indians keep pace with Newnan which is also undefeated in the region.
Westlake had three straight singles in the first inning and picked up an RBI from Williams to take a 1-0 lead.
The Lions scored three more runs in the top of second after loading the bases on walks. Breon Home and Lawrence Butler each had an RBI.
East Coweta began its comeback in the bottom of the second after William Kelley and Bailey Psathas had back-to-back doubles and later scored.
Dooley Bunn reached and scored the third run of the game to cut the Westlake lead to 4-3
Kelley paced the Indians’ offense reaching in all three of his trips to the plate.
His RBI triple with two outs in the third inning tied the game when he drove home Jeff Sangster.
Kelley scored on a fielder’s choice to give the Indians a 5-4 lead.
East Coweta increased the lead to 6-4 in the bottom of the fifth when Tony Player scored after Sangster reached on a fielder’s choice.
Brayden Carey gave the Indians some huge insurance with an RBI single in the bottom the sixth.
Carey drove in a run in the second and finished with two RBIs.
“That RBI turned out to be huge for us,” Deloach said. “I am just excited to see we were able to hold on.”
Daniel Smith picked up the win from the mound after entering the game in relief in the second inning.
Smith struck out five and helped retire the Westlake side in order in the fourth and fifth.
“He came in and gave us some really good innings and that’s what we needed,” Deloach said.
East Coweta gets back into action on Tuesday at home against Wheeler in a region game.
Indians 7, Lions 6
Westlake 130 000 2—674
East Coweta 032 011X—750