By Doug Gorman
Newnan head baseball coach Marc Gilmore thought his club might have trouble getting up for Tuesday’s Region 2-7A contest with Pebblebrook.
The Falcons brought a losing record into the contest including a winless mark in region play.
But after a scoreless first inning, the Cougars dominated the contest, winning 15-0 in game called after three innings.
“You can’t lie to these kids,” Gilmore said. “They know who are the better teams that we are going to face. Still, you have to win these games because they count in the region, and we were able to go out and take care of business.”
The Cougars (12-4) got a tremendous boost from senior pitcher Lyle Johnston who struck out the side in order to start the game to pick up the win.
Johnston displayed solid control throughout the game striking out seven and allowing just one hit with no walks.
“He sort of had his coming out party against Lee County and also pitched a great game against Central [Carroll],” Gilmore said.
The Cougars broke the game open with nine runs in the second inning, sending 15 to the plate.
Max Wilson and Seth Bruce had RBI doubles.
The Cougars sent nine men to the plate in the bottom of the third and after Thomas Collins ripped a double, two runs came across the plate and the game ended by the mercy rule.
Collins, Jett Lovett, Max Wilson and Cole Merry each finished with 2 RBIs.
Michael Maginnis, Austin Roberts. Seth Bruce and Tucker Barnett had RBIs.
Lovett and Barnett had two hits.
Cougars 15, Falcons 0
Pebblebrook 0 0 0 —0 2 4
Newnan 0 9 6 —15 9 2