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Echols sisters have productive trip home


  • By Doug Gorman
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  • Feb. 20, 2019 - 5:02 PM

Sisters and former Northgate standouts Ebonee and Charla Echols returned to Atlanta this past weekend with the Michigan State softball team.

Unfortunately for the Echols and their teammates, the Big Ten/ACC Challenge didn’t go their way, as they fell four times, losing twice each to Boston College and Georgia Tech.

However, the sisters displayed plenty of offensive firepower.

The Spartans dropped their first decision to Boston College 9-7 in 10 innings, before losing to Georgia Tech 11-2 in five innnings.

Boston College then beat the Spartans 7-6. Georgia Tech ended the weekend for Michigan State with a 10-3 victory.

Charla Echols had a hit in the first game of Boston College.

In the 11-2 loss to Georgia Tech Charla also drove in both runs with a homer.

Ebonee Echols smacked a triple and drove in a run in the Spartans’ 7-6 loss to Boston College in the second meeting between the two teams.

In the final game of the weekend showcase against Georgia Tech, Ebonee finished 3-for-4 and Charla went 1-2.

The Spartans fell to 3-6 after the trip to Atlanta.

Ebonee is in her senior year at Michigan State while Charla is in her freshman season.

Charla’s college softball career is off to a fast start as she leads the team with a .391 batting average, including nine hits, four doubles, one homer and six RBIs,

Ebonee is also among the team’s leading hitters with .348 average, eight hits, two doubles, a triple and and eight RBIS.

Ebonee is tied with tammate Mackenzie Meech for the lead in RBIs.

ECHS alums play in St. Pete/Clearwater Invitational: Florida State’s Dani Morgan and LSU’s Shemiah Sanchez played last weekend in the St. Pete/Clearwater Invitational.

The two East Coweta graduates’  squads are both ranked in the top 10 in the most recent college softball coaches’ poll.

Florida State, which won the NCAA title last year, is currently ranked No. 1, while LSU is ranked ninth.

The two EC graduates faced off in the finale, where the Seminoles beat the Tigers 9-1 in six innings.

In the meeting between the two East Coweta graduates Morgan had a base hit.

Florida State improved its record to 11-0 also getting  victories over Ohio State, and Oklahoma.

LSU is 9-2 after the tournament.

For the Seminoles,  Morgan is batting .343 with seven RBIs and two homers.

Sanchez is batting .269 for LSU with two homers and seven  RBIs.

The two were also honored for two stellar defensive plays in the tournament.

Sanchez diving stop at second base was named the second best defensive play of the week by the NCAA, while Morgan’s outfield catch to take away a homer was named the top play.