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GHSA tournament continues with Sweet 16 matchups


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Oct. 13, 2018 - 6:11 PM

East Coweta, Newnan and Northgate have all advanced to the second  round of next week’s GHSA softball tournament.

The Lady Indians beat North Cobb, Newnan knocked off Kennesaw Mountain, both in the Class 7A tournament and Northgate defeated Winder-Barrow in the first-round of the 6A tournament.

East Coweta, the defending Class 7A champions will be at home against the winner of the Cherokee-Colquitt County series which was expected to finish on Saturday.

The Lady Cougars were also waiting on the outcome of Saturday’s game  between Etowah and Lowndes.

Should Etowah win, Newnan will be at home. A victory by Lowndes, sends the Lady Cougars to Valdosta for the second-round series.

The Cherokee-Colquitt and Etowah-Lowndes series were both delayed because of Hurricane Michael that passed through the state.

Northgate plays at Dalton in the second round of the Class 6A tournament.

East Coweta began defense of its state title with an easy sweep of North Cobb. The Lady Indians shutout North Cobb in both games, winning 10-0 and 16-0.

In the first game, East Coweta senior Kelley Lynch pitched three innings and struck out all nine batters before Jailyah Holmes struck out three batters in the final two innings.

Aniston Wright pitched the second against North Cobb, striking out five batters.

Olivia Cook hit a home run in the second-game victory.

The Newnan and Kennesaw Mountain series turned into a marathon after starting on Tuesday and finally concluding in a three-game series on Friday.

Kennesaw Mountain, which went to Columbus and the Elite 8 in the 7A tournament last year, beat Newnan 3-1 in the first game started Tuesday, but was suspended until Thursday.

Newnan came back and tied the series with a 9-4 victory on Thursday before rolling past Kennesaw Mountain 13-6 in the final game of the series on Friday.

Newnan broke onto the scoreboard with two runs in the bottom of the second when Alex Williams drove in the first two runs of the game .

The Lady Cougars pushed the lead to 5-0 in the second when Houston helped herself by driving in two of Newnan’s three runs in the innings.

Newnan extended the lead to 9-0 after the third inning, loading the bases and sending nine batters to the plate.

Kennesaw Mountain bounced back with three runs in the next two innings.

Mallory Parker’s two-run homer in the bottom of the third sparked the Kennesaw Mountain comeback before the Lady Cougars regained the momentum.

The Lady Cougars scored three runs in the fifth helped put by Miranda Alford’s two RBIs.

Newnan added its final run in the bottom of the sixth.

Williams finished with four RBIs and Houston three to secure the Lady Cougars’ victory.

Reagan London and Alford finished the contest with two runs.

In its series against Winder-Barrow, Northgate won the first game 6-3 and then pulled off the sweep 4-2.

In the first game, Natalie Heath drove in two runs and Olivia Cato and Gracie Storey one each.

Madison Lumpp struckout three in the Lady Vikings’ first victory.

In the second game against Winder-Barrow, Northgate broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the seventh.

Cato struck out nine in the second contest.Alissa Bolinger, Cato and Storey each had an RBI.

Dalton swept Alpharetta, winning 13-1 and 10-1.

Trinity Christian completed its first season of softball competition losing to Brookstone in the Class A private school tournament. The Lady Lions were eliminated 5-1 and 9-0.

In the GISA tournament, Heritage advanced in the first round against Deerfield-Windsor.