By Chris Goltermann
East Coweta’s bats came alive for 13 hits and pitchers Logan Frady and Daniel Smith were equally effective on the mound as the Indians tuned up for tonight’s Region 2-7A championship showdown by routing Wheeler 12-1 in five innings on the road in Marietta.
The Indians left no doubts, striking for four runs in the first and three in the second in a game where nine players contributed at least one hit.
Frady went 2-for-2 with 2 RBIs to help his own cause in a start on the mound. Nico Senese, William Kelley and Caleb Cashion also had two hits and at least one RBI to help pace the offense.
East Coweta (19-7) now turns its attention to rival Newnan (18-8) on Thursday in a rubber game to decide this year’s 2-7A title. First pitch is set for 6 p.m., at Newnan’s Joe Pope Field.
Lineups split the first two games just prior to spring break in opposite one-run decisions. Teams combined for just four runs among a pair of pitcher’s duels.
The Cougars equally rolled to a 16-1 victory over Pebblebrook heading into the final region game of the season against East Coweta.
At home, Newnan pounded out 15 hits in a game that lasted four innings, scoring 13 times in the bottom of the first.
Michael Maginnis went 2-for-2 with 4 RBIs while joining teammates Woody Waters, Everett Davis, Nick Crossing and senior pitcher Jake Martin in 2-hit efforts.
In equally a reverse role, Waters closed out the game with an inning of relief in a rare appearance on the mound to follow fellow senior pitchers Lyle Johnson, Anthony Darrow and Aaron Brumby.
In East Coweta’s win over Wheeler, Frady stayed in control through 3 ⅓ innings, striking out three and allowing a run on three hits. Smith needed all of nine pitches to close out the game in a perfect relief outing that had him recording two of his five outs on strikes.
The Indians ran at will, stealing eight bases. Cashion, Frady and Kelley all connected for doubles and Senese helped ignite a three-run second with a triple before scoring on Ryan Dyal’s RBI hit.
Dyal then put a tag on Wheeler’s Michael Musser to end the third on a throw to the plate by Cashion at shortstop after the Wildcats scored their only run of the game in the inning.
The game had no bearing on the 2-7A standings. Wheeler (14-13, 7-7) had its focus on Campbell heading into this week with third place on the line when the Wildcats and Spartans also meet Thursday to close the region schedule.
Campbell lost to Westlake 8-4 to pull even withWheeler for third place