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Echols helps lead 19-and-under squad to exhibition victory


  • By Doug Gorman
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  • Jun. 15, 2019 - 4:14 PM

Echols helps lead 19-and-under squad to exhibition victory

The Newnan Times-Herald

Charla Echols and Kelley Lynch got off to a winning start Friday night with the USA 19-and-under softball team as it rolled to a 17-2 victory over the Scrap Yard Internationals in Conroe, Texas.

The exhibition game was part of a training camp session as the team gears up for two tournaments in Europe next week. Later this year, the USA squad will attempt to win the World Cup of softball.

The USA squad out hit the Scrap Yard Internationals 14-4 en route to the victory.

Both Echols and Lynch were standout softball players in high school.

Echols played for Lisa Skelton at Northgate, while Lynch played for Franklin DeLoach at East Coweta.

Echols has already played one year of college softball at Michigan State where she was the team’s second leading hitter behind her sister Ebonee, who completed her college softball career last season.

Charla announced last month that she was going to transfer to the University of Florida.

Lynch recently sighed a letter of intent to the University of Washington where she will play for head coach Heather Tarr.

Tarr is the coach of the 19-and-under USA squad.

Lynch, who was a standout player from both the pitching circle and at the plate at East Coweta, was named the National Gatorade Softball Player of the Year last week.

In Friday night’s exhibition victory, Echols finished 4-for-5 with an RBI. She belted a double and a triple and also scored a run.

Lynch, who is expected to pitch later in the exhibition games, struck out in her only trip to the plate.

Julia Contrill smacked a grand slam and drove in five runs to lead the 19-and-under squad.

The 19-and-under squad has two games on Saturday, including one against Mizuno Impulse at noon and Texas Bombers Gold at 4.

They play the East Cobb Bullets in an exhibition on Sunday.