New­ton base­ball falls to Oconee County, 9-6

War­riors hand Rams their fourth loss of the sea­son

The Covington News - - Sports - By Rocky Mer­ritt

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.

ROPER

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