SOFT­BALL

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the New­ton threat.

“You drop two in the first in­ning and you can’t come back and match it; it’s kind of hard to win ball­games when you leave run­ners in scor­ing po­si­tion,” New­ton coach Ja­son LaChap­pelle said. “We need to be more ag­gres­sive at the plate; that’s all there is to it.”

Up 3-0, Stover sti­fled the Lady Rams over the next three in­nings un­til back-to-back hits by Roberts and Ste­vie Hodges plated New­ton’s lone run in the fourth in­ning.

That’s where the scor­ing would end as the Lady Rams would only pick up one more hit, a sin­gle by Markea Shep­pard in the sev­enth in­ning.

“We held our own. We held them to three runs which is bet­ter than we did in any game last year. We get up there and ev­ery other swing is a lazy swing. There’s not much you can ac­com­plish with that.”

Al­though the of­fense strug­gled, the de­fense played well. New­ton’s out­field­ers ran down sev­eral deep balls, and the in­field­ers did their part, throw­ing out two run­ners at the plate. Marks turned in a solid game be­hind the plate as well. She au­thored the play of the game in the top of the sev­enth in­ning when she gunned down a run­ner lead­ing too far off from first.

“De­fen­sively, we’re pretty solid,” LaChap­pelle said. “We have a cou­ple of re­ally good catch­ers who pro­tect the runs at the plate and their try­ing to score, I’m not wor­ried about any­thing hit on the in­field. It’s not go­ing to hap­pen with th­ese girls.”

De­spite the loss, New­ton sits in good po­si­tion in the re­gion. With two wins, the Lady Rams are in a three-way tie for sec­ond be­hind Greenbrier, who sits alone in first with a per­fect 4-0 record in 2-AAAAA play.

“So far this sea­son we haven’t seen any pitchers that strong,” LaChap­pelle said. “Re­gion­ally, Union Grove has al­ways been a strong team. Def­i­nitely one of the teams you want to beat. It just didn’t hap­pen this year.”

New­ton’s next home game is Wed­nes­day against re­gion foe Luella at 5 p.m. at Turner Lake.

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