Dominant pitching was as much a theme for Newnan and East Coweta in two more Region 2-7A wins on Wednesday, having clinched home field for first round state playoff series.
The Cougars reduced its magic number to one for clinching a region title after defeating Westlake 5-1 at home. Jaxon O'Neal went six strong innings while limiting the Lions to a run on three hits, striking out eight and yielding just one walk.
'It's exciting to have a magic number of one, but we need to finish strong and keep raising the bar,' Newnan head coach Marc Gilmore said.
East Coweta locked up at least second place with a 10-0 rout of Campbell in five innings in a shared shutout by Austin Bunn and Peyton Ramey. The Indians duo held Campbell to two hits in the victory.
Newnan can now clinch a region championship tonight at home against Wheeler while also seeking its 20th win.
The Cougars (19-7, 12-0) took a lead for good by sending eight to the plate in the bottom of the second. Sophomore Thomas Collins continued to shine in his varsity debut while going 3-for-4.
Jake Martin retired Westlake in order to close out the win in relief.
East Coweta left no doubt in its Region 2-7A win over Campbell, scoring nine times in the first three innings and adding another nine steals while moving runners around the basepaths.
Landon Underhill went 3-for-3 with three steals to lead the Indians.
William Kelley's basesclearing double in the third inning provided the biggest blow offensively, with the Indian coming all the way around among a series of relay throws, the last of which was mishandled at third to put the Indians ahead 6-0.
On the mound, Bunn allowed two hits in two scoreless innings before Ramey closed out the win. The duo worked around five walks, four of which were allowed by Ramey over the final three innings.