By DOUG GORMAN
The East Coweta Lady Indians are the only local softball team headed to the Elite 8 in Columbus after both Northgate and Newnan were eliminated in the second round.
Dalton knocked Northgate out of the Class 6A tournament with a sweep on Wednesday, while Lowndes eliminated visiting Newnan with a sweep of the visiting Lady Cougars on Friday in the 7A tournament.
Northgate began the tournament with a first-round victory against Winder-Barrow, while Newnan advanced with a series win against Kennesaw Mountain.
East Coweta, the defending Class 7A champs, breezed through the first two rounds, beating North Cobb and Cherokee.
The Lady Indians begin play at the Elite 8 at 9 a.m., on Thursday against Grayson.
East Coweta comes into the contest with an 28-2 record, while Grayson is 29-3.
Grayson advanced to the Elite 8 with wins over West Forsyth and Collins Hill.
In Friday’s contest against Lowndes, Newnan fell 6-4 and 17-1.
In the first game, a final rally by the Lady Cougars fell just short, trailing 6-2 in the top of the seventh. Alex Williams drove in two runs on a hard-hit ball to third before the Vikettes pitched out of the inning and preserved the win.
Kaylen Madrey and Hailey Bloom each drove in a run.
Madrey also had the Lady Cougars’ only RBI in the second game.
Ansley Houston pitched both games for the Lady Cougars and struck out five.