By DOUG GORMAN
After two games and plenty of drama, it’s pretty clear East Coweta and Newnan are evenly matched on the baseball diamond.
In the first game, played over a period of two days because of a rain delay on Tuesday at Joe Pope Field, Newnan won the extra-inning thriller 1-0, scoring the only run of the game in the bottom of the eighth.
East Coweta evened the three-game series on Friday, winning the second-straight pitcher’s duel 2-1.
Brayden Carey smacked the go-ahead double in the bottom of the sixth and pitcher J.J. Freed secured the victory with a strong seventh inning performance.
The game ended when East Coweta shortstop Caleb Cashion went deep in the hole behind second base and threw out the Newnan runner for the final out of the game.
Freed went the distance for the Indians, holding Newnan to just two hits.
He finished the game with six strikeouts and two walks.
“Hats off to J.J.,” DeLoach said “We contemplated sending him out there for the seventh inning. We had two guys ready to go.”
Jake Martin and Logan Hudson pitched for Newnan.
Martin struckout four and Hudson one.
After going 15-0 in egion play last year and winning its first nine games in league play this year, Newnan dropped its first region game since 2016.
East Coweta improved to 14-6 and 8-1. Newnan dropped to 15-6 and 9-1.
“I thought their pitcher was amazing tonight. His breaking ball was sharp and he showed a lot of guts out there,” Newnan head coach Marc Gilmore. “We got quality pitching enough to win. We just didn’t make adjustments at the plate and suffered from a few mistakes. We competed and now we have to keep pushing forward to get better and move on.”
Carey and William Kelley had two hits each for the Indians.
Woody Waters and Austin Roberts had the hits for the Cougars.
East Coweta finished the game with three errors and Newnan two.