The Westlake Lions had one goal in mind when they came to Joe Pope Field Tuesday night to take on the Newnan Cougars.
The hoped to hand the Cougars their first Region 2-7A loss in almost two years.
It didn’t happen.
Newnan improved its record to 8-3 overall and 4-0 in league play with a 5-2 victory over the upset minded Lions.
The game was originally schedule to be played at Westlake, but was moved to Newnan due to poor field conditions on the Lions’ home field.
With temperatures dipping into the 30s, both teams finished the game with nine hits.
Despite the frigid temperatures, Newnan starter Logan Hudson pitched 4 ⅓ innings, tossed 81 pitches, allowed seven hits, while striking out eight and walking one to pick up the win.
Jaxon O’Neal picked up the save after allowing two hits and striking out four and walking none.
The Lions’ Jaylen Nowlin took the loss for Westlake, allowing seven hits, striking out three and walking two.
Westlake took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first getting an RBI single from Jabari Whitehead.
Newnan bounced right back in the bottom of the first tying the game when Thomas Collins singled and later scored.
The Cougars took the lead for good with two more runs in the second.
Both runs came with a two-out rally. Jett Lovett singled and Woody Waters walked.
Both runners scored on Michael Maggins’ base hit to push the lead to 3-1.
The Cougars added single runs in the fourth and sixth.
Everett Davis walked, took second on a wild pitch and scored on Seth Bruce’s base hit to push the lead to 4-1.
The Lions cut the lead to 4-2 with a run in the bottom of the sixth, but the Cougars added insurance when Maginnis drove in Waters with the final run.
Maginnis, Bruce and Lovett each finished with two hits for the Cougars.
Cougars 5, Lions 2
Westlake 100 100 0—291
Newnan 120 101 X—590