The Newnan Times-Herald


Echols sisters return home to face Ga. Tech

  • By Doug Gorman
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  • Feb. 14, 2019 - 5:04 PM

It will be a homecoming this weekend for Michigan State softball playing sisters Ebonee and Charla Echols as the Lady Spartans come to Atlanta to participate in the Big 10/ACC Challenge.

Michigan State will play Boston College and Georgia Tech over the three-day showcase.

Action begins on Friday as the Lady Spartans take on Boston College at 1:30.

The two teams play again again on Saturday with at 12:30 before Georgia Tech and Michigan State play at 5:30 on Friday and a 12:30 on Sunday.

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

The Lady Spartans enter the season with a 3-2 record including wins Florida International, Bryant and Memphis State.

Both Echols sisters have started all five games for the Lady Spartans and are among the team’s leading hitters.

Charla is batting .333 with four RBIs, while Ebonee has shown plenty of power, belting two home run with seven RBIs.

The Big 10/ACC showcase will have plenty of Coweta County representation. Georgia Tech pitching coach Alison Owen is in her second season with the Lady Yellow Jackets.

Owen was a standout pitcher at East Coweta before playing at Georgia and then finishing up her career at Mississippi State.

LSU’s Sanchez, FSU’s Morgan to play in St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational: Two former East Coweta softball players are headed to the beach this weekend, but not for fun in the sun.

Instead LSU senior Shemiah Sanchez and Florida State junior Dani Morgan will focus on bringing home a tournament title from the St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational.

The tournament, which began Thursday, also includes, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Texas and Ohio State.

Florida State and LSU play Saturday at 12:30 on ESPN3

The eighth-ranked LSU Tigers are off to a fast start and former East Coweta standout Shemiah Sanchez is beginning her final year of college softball on a high note.

The Tigers are 6-0 with Sanchez playing and starting in five of the games.

Sanchez is batting .300 with three RBIs. Her totals also include five runs scored.

LSU has rolled past all six of its opponents, but the mercy rule, beating Tulsa, Iowa and Bucknell twice each at the Tiger Classic.

Florida State comes the season fresh off its national championship.

The top-ranked Seminoles are off to a fast 5-0 start with wins over UNC Wilmington and Iowa State and UNC-Greensboro twice each.

Morgan has begun her junior year with a fast start with a ,.286 average with five starts.

Morgan, who set a College World Series record last year with stolen bases, has three RBIs through the first five games.