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Lady Cougars get walk-off win over Ola

  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Sep. 09, 2021 - 2:56 PM

Lady Cougars get walk-off win over Ola

Photos by Kristy Rodgers

The game got off to an ominous start for the Newnan Lady Cougars, but it had a big finish as Abbie Stewart drew a bases-loaded walk in the eighth inning to complete a 4-3 victory Tuesday night.

The Lady Cougars fell behind 3-1 to the Ola Mustangs going into the bottom of the fifth but scored a run in the fifth, sixth, and final innings to complete the comeback win.

With the game tied at the end of regulation, Newnan pitcher Maddie Veal induced a ground ball to Lady Cougars shortstop Presley Ivey to get out of a slight jam.

That opened the way for Lady Cougar magic in the bottom of the eighth. Caroline Strickland started the inning with a walk, and Veal reached via an error.

Anauia Matthews laid down a perfect sacrifice to put the winning run on third. Kelsi Brown walked to load the bases, and Stewart drew the walk-off walk to send the Lady Cougar fans home happy.

Veal pitched an eight-inning complete game that included nine strikeouts. She also led at the plate with a 3-for-4 night. Stewart led the team with two RBIs.

The Lady Cougars travel to Central Carrollton on Monday, then return home on Tuesday for a region contest against Campbell.

Photos by Kristy Rodgers

09-11-2021-Newnan-Softball-012.jpg?mtime=20210908113317#asset:65303Newnan's Gabriella Espy got the third out in the eighth inning to set up the Lady Cougar victory.

09-11-2021-Newnan-Softball-013.jpg?mtime=20210908113318#asset:65305Maddie Veal pitched an eight-inning complete game to earn the win.

09-11-2021-Newnan-Softball-011.jpg?mtime=20210908113318#asset:65304Anauia Matthews keeps the Ola runner close at third.

09-11-2021-Newnan-Softball-010.jpg?mtime=20210908113319#asset:65306Kelsi Brown makes a catch from her position at first base as Gabriella Espy looks on.