Newton baseball falls to Oconee County, 9-6
Warriors hand Rams their fourth loss of the season
COVINGTON — After coming off a big win over crosstown rival Eastside High the previous night, 22-5, the Newton High Rams suffered their fourth loss of the year Thursday at the hands of the visiting Oconee County Warriors, 9-6.
“You can’t give a good team runs,” said Newton head coach Billy Roper after the loss. “We gave them four or five unearned runs.”
The Rams ( 2- 4 overall) struck for one run in the bottom of the first inning after an RBI triple to center field off the bat of Kinley Bryant. Bryant would go on to have an outstanding night, both offen- sively and defensively in the outfield.
In the top of the second, the Warriors (5-1) countered with a run of their own, tying the game, 11. Jay Harrison smacked an RBI double to left, scoring Jose Cepeda who had previously singled. Soon after Oconee’s Christopher Scott launched what looked to clearly be a home run over the center field wall; however, Bryant slammed into the fence to snatch it away, earning him the top defensive play of the day.
Once again Bryant shined with the glove after he robbed Robert McGee of a hit to end the inning.
“No. 44 is an outstanding senior and played the game we expect,” praised Roper of Bryant’s performance on the field.
However, it was the Newton defense which allowed the Warriors to take the lead in the third. After a double by Adam Frazier, he eventually
your crosstown rival, and it’s to our advantage to play these pressure matches early in the season.”
Alcovy number one singles player Kyle Jackson won 6-0, 6-0 against Luke Gilbert.
Brandon Tisdale won 6-3, 4-6, 10-6 over Jake Reinstra at number two singles. Aaron Fowler pulled out a 5-7, 6-4, 12-10 victory over Sam Beckworth at number three singles.
In doubles action, Michael Hildebrand and Zach Bowers won 6-1, 6-1 over Josh Miller and Varn Cunningham at number one singles.
For the Eagles, their lone victory came at number two doubles as Zach Garrett and A.J. Marks pulled out a 7-5, 7-5 win over Linden Gonzalez and Miguel Wood.
Alcovy will next visit Cedar Shoals at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Eastside will travel to Salem at 4 p.m. Tuesday.