The Newnan Times-Herald


Echols. Lynch head to France with 19-and-under softball team

  • By Doug Gorman
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  • Jun. 18, 2019 - 6:10 PM

France is definitely known more for soccer than softball, but the USA 19-and-under National Team is headed to Paris starting Friday to take part in the Archille Challenge.

The USA squad took care of business last week, winning three exhibition games in Texas as a tuneup to the upcoming international competition, including a 17-2 victory against the Scrap Yard Internationals, an 8-2 win over Mizuno Impulse and 3-2 victory over Texas Bombers.

Two players with ties to Coweta County are on the 19-and-under roster.

Former Northgate standout Charla Echols and former East Coweta standout Kelley Lynch both helped the 19-and-under squad roll to an undefeated record during last week’s three contest.

In the first game, Echols finished 4 for 5 with and RBI and two runs scored.

She also had two extra base hits, finishing with a double and a triple

Echols continued to flex her offensive muscle  in the game against the Impulse finishing with two hits, a walk and three runs scored.

Lynch made her pitching debut against the Impulse throwing two innings of no-hit softball in relief.  She finished with four strikeouts and two walks.

In the final exhibition game against the Texas Gold, Echols finished with a hit and scored a run. The USA squad opens against Japan Friday at noon.

They play twice on Saturday, starting with France at 10 a.m. and then in a rematch with Japan at 1 p.m.

A final game against France is set for Sunday at noon.

Echols spent her first season of college softball at Michigan State where she teamed up with her sister Ebonee for the Spartans.

Ebonee has graduated and Charla recently decided to transfer to the University of Florida.

Lynch completed a stellar career at East Coweta, leading the Lady Indians to back-to-back Class 7A state titles.

The accolades keep rolling in for Lynch who was recently named the National Gatorade Player of the Year.

Lynch will continue her softball career at the University of Washington, playing for Heather Tarr, who is coaching the 19-and-under USA team.