New­ton Pee Wee teams fall in state tour­na­ment

The Covington News - - Sports - BRYAN FAZIO bfazio@cov­news.com

The New­ton County Recre­ation Com­mis­sion sent two Pee Wee teams to the Dixie Youth State Tour­na­ment in Win­der this week­end, with both pick­ing up a win but ex­it­ing the event early.

The New­ton National team lost its first game to Nor­cross but re­bounded later Satur­day to de­feat Al­bany In­ter­na­tional 12-2.

Ai­den McGi­bony struck out 14 bat­ters over five in­nings, while also driv­ing in five runs of­fen­sively in the vic­tory.

“It was a great team ef­fort from pa­tience at the plate by all the play­ers ei­ther draw­ing a walk or get­ting a big hit,” New­ton National coach Shane Allen said.

The National team went on to be elim­i­nated by Al­bany’s Dixie team 16-0.

While the National team needed a win to stay alive af­ter its first game, the New­ton Amer­i­can team started the tour­na­ment with a vic­tory, de­feat­ing North Gwin­nett 13-2 Satur­day. Later that day, the Ameri- can team was edged by Bu­ford 8-0 and faced Al­bany in an elim­i­na­tion game.

New­ton Amer­i­can led early, scor­ing 11 runs in the first three in­nings, but couldn’t hold on as Al­bany won 12-11 in the sev­enth in­ning.

“We just stopped hit­ting,” Amer­i­can coach Dennis Lemaster said.

Sub­mit­ted photo /The Cov­ing­ton News

The New­ton County Com­mis­sion sent two Pee Wee teams to the state tour­na­ment, in­clud­ing the New­ton County National team. (Stand­ing, from left) man­ager BJ Dial, Blair Miller, Ai­den McGi­bony, Nolan Wolfe, Jack­son Henry, Joshua Teat, Sam Harper and coach Ryan Yeo­mans. (Front, from left) coach Shane Bal­lard, Lu­cas Bal­lard, Jack­son Yeo­mans, Lo­gan Red­mon, Parker Dial, Jack­son Allen, Joshua Bates and coach Shane Allen.

Sub­mit­ted photo /The Cov­ing­ton News

The New­ton County Pee Wee Amer­i­can team. (Back, from left) Don­nie Hart­man, Dennis Lemaster and Chad Cald­well. (Mid­dle, from left) Will Banks, Hunter Den­ney, Jaxon Dean, Joshua Ta­masi, Gar­rett Payne and Jack­son McIn­tyre. (Front, from left) David Bishop, Ty Lemaster, Paul Ken­dall, Ethan Cald­well, Alec Austin and Con­nor Coursey. (Not pic­tured) Tripp Marks and Do­minick Hill.

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