While many of their classmates are enjoying the final few days of spring break, several local high baseball teams are returning to the diamond with non-region games.
Trinity is in Albany for a round-robin event at Deerfield-Windsor, while East Coweta plays today in a non-region doubleheader at Northgate with the first game starting at noon.
In a game that saw three lead changers through the first three innings, the Trinity Lions opened the tournament Thursday and turned a close game early into a 11-4 victory against Westfeld.
The game was played with a two-hour time limited and called after five innings.
After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the first, Trinity scored twice in the bottom of the inning.
Westfield rallied one last time and took a 4-2 lead in the top of the third.
Westfield’s momentum didn’t last long. Trinity scored four times in the bottom of the third.
Kyle Riesselmann sparked the third-inning rally with a two-run homer. It was Riesselmann seventh homer of the season. The Lions scored two more runs in the inning and never trailed again.
Trinity added two insurance runs in the bottom of the fourth and three in the fifth to secure the win.
Alex Williford led the Lions’ offense with three RBIs. Riesselmann and Trevor Crews knocked in two runs for the Lions.
Jake Estes pitched four innings and struck out four to pick up the win for the Lions.
Lions 11, Hornets 4
Westfield 103 00 —4 5 2
Trinity 204 23 —11 8 2
INDIANS, VIKINGS TO MEET TODAY IN DOUBLEHEADER: East Coweta (13-7, 8-2) heads to Northgate (15-6, 7-4) today with hopes of snapping a two-game losing streak.
The Indians (13-7) dropped their last two games before spring break to rival Newnan, losing the Region 2 7-A contests 5-2 and 4-1.
East Coweta entered those home-and-home games with Newnan on a six-game winning streak, including sweeps of Westlake and Wheeler.
Northgate closed out the week before spring break with a 6-0 victory over Langston Hughes in a region 5 6-A game. The second games of the series at Langston Hughes was postponed, but will be made up on April 10.
Newnan set to return to action next week: After dropping a non-region game to Carrollton and beating Woodward Academy early this week, the Cougars return to the diamond on Monday in a Region 2- 7-A contest at home against Campbell. The Cougars (17-7, 10-0) have a two-game lead over second-place East Coweta (8-2).
Newnan needs three region wins in its last five games to clinch the region title.