The Newnan Times-Herald


Echols, Sanchez continue to make contributions in conference play

  • By Doug Gorman
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  • Apr. 17, 2018 - 9:48 PM

Here is a look at how local college softball players fared in games over the weekend:

Ebonee Echols—Michigan State: The former Northgate softball player helped the Spartans win two of three games against Big 10 rival Penn State over the weekend.

With a 6-2 and 7-1 victory over the Nittany Lions in the final two games of the series, Michigan State improved its overall record to 16-21 overall and 4-8 in the Big 10. Echols, who is hitting .296 with 12 RBIs, drove in a run and scored twice in her team’s 7-1 victory.

Shemiah Sanchez—LSU: The Tigers were swept in their series at Tennessee to drop to 32-10 overall and 2-4 in the Southeastern Conference. The former East Coweta Indian had three hits against the Vols, including a 2-for-4 performance in the final game between the two SEC rivals. Sanchez is batting .239 with 21 RBIs.

Mekhia Freeman—Georgia Southern: The former East Coweta standout leads the Eagles with a .325 average, starting all 40 games with 18 RBIs. The Eagles lost two-out-of-three games during its weekend series against  Texas-Arlington and are 22-20 overall and 7-11 in the Sunbelt.

Freeman homered in the first game between the two teams. It was her third homer of the season.

Hannah Scarbrough—Georgia Southern: The former Newnan standout is in her freshman year with the Eagles and is seeing action primarily in a pinch hitting or pinch running role. Scarbrough has played in 23 games and is hitting .250.

KIA SMITH—Columbus State: The former East Coweta outfielder is enjoying a solid senior season at NCAA Division II Columbus State with a .378 batting average, including 56 hits including  eight doubles, three triples and 21 RBIs. Smith has helped lead Columbus State to a 29-16 overall record and a 12-4 mark in Peach Belt Conference action.

Columbus State has won four in a row including a sweep against conference opponent Young Harris on Saturday. In the second game against Young Harris, Smith went 1-for-3.

Columbus State also whipped UNC Pembroke Monday, sweeping a doubleheader 18-1, 26-8. Smith had four hits in three RBIs in the series.

Brenna Skalski—Georgia State: The former Northgate softball standout helped the Panthers to a three-game sweep over the weekend against Appalachian State in the Sun Belt Conference.

Skalski drove in four RBIs, including three in the 17-5 win. Skalski, who is in her senior year at Georgia State, is batting .280 with 10 RBIs.

Arden Jobe—Georgia State: The Newnan graduate is batting .237 with 17 RBIs. In the weekend sweep.  Jobe played all three games .with three hits and three RBIs.