Lady Rams dis­patch Lo­cust Grove

The Covington News - - SPORTS - SHAKEEM HOL­LOWAY shol­loway@cov­news.com

A day that was ex­pected to be cool and cloudy turned out to be hot and sunny, and it was the Lady Rams who ben­e­fited. New­ton’s soft­ball team dis­patched Lo­cust Grove in a 3-0 win.

Com­ing off a 0- 4 week­end at the South Gwinnett Tour­na­ment, the Lady Rams bounced back strong. Head coach Greg Cowan be­lieves in his team. Although they are young, he said they do have speed and they can play some de­fense. Cowan said that he hopes that come re­gion-play they’ll be a force to reckon with.

“To come out strong af­ter the week­end we had, we didn’t do too well when it came to wins and losses this week­end but we learned a lot about the team. I think putting it out on the field and see­ing it go in to ac­tion gave us con­fi­dence for the sea­son,” Ash­ley Coles, as­sis­tant coach and Cowan’s daugh­ter, said.

“I think (the win will) show them no mat­ter what age you are, if you know how to play ball and you work hard you can win ball games. It’s just about one in­ning at a time, one hit at a time, tak­ing the ex­tra base and do­ing the lit­tle things right,” Coles added.

The game was marked by some solid pitch­ing and pretty good de­fense. The Rams couldn’t get on the board un­til the fourth de­spite a num­ber of in­nings with some good of­fen­sive pro­duc­tion.

“We def­i­nitely gotta work on our hit­ting,” Coles said. “I felt like against that pitcher we should have had a lot more runs than we pro­duced. Ob­vi­ously three runs is good, but we needed some in­sur­ance. I also feel that our out­field is a work in progress, they’re do­ing a great job. I couldn’t be hap­pier with what we saw out there to­day.”

Lo­cust Grove at­tempt- ed to man­u­fac­ture runs and even piled on some good hits, but New­ton’s de­fense was too stout. Led by fresh­man pitcher Brit­tany El­lis, who

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pitched a com­plete game, the Lady Rams were strong on the mound.

Coles has been work­ing with El­lis since she was eight and said she was proud to see her come into her own.

“I’m real proud of her. I couldn’t be­lieve how well she’s come out. Very pleased on the mound,” Coles said.

El­lis threw with speed and con­fi­dence de­spite be­ing a fresh­man. At first glance she looks like a se­nior, and she prob­a­bly plays bet­ter than some.

“Her fu­ture is noth­ing but bright. She’s work­ing and she’s still grow­ing. I see her speed in­creas­ing and I know her move­ment will in­crease.”

The Lady Rams are young, but they do have some ex­pe­ri­ence in short­stop Ciara Bryan.

Bryan lofted a shot deep over the cen­ter-fielder’s head, that ini­tially looked like a home-run but wasn’t long enough. That scored three as the Lady Rams coasted to vic­tory be­hind the arm of El­lis.

“We all know and any­one watch­ing the ball game knows that Ciara is one of our big play­ers,” Coles said. “She comes through in the clutch and that’s usu­ally her at­ti­tude. And that’s what we love. We teach her to go out there and be con­fi­dent, and I saw it in that at-bat. As far as on the field goes, she’s al­ways been a leader, and I think that she’ll con­tinue to. We’re gonna keep her in that role.”

Fresh­man pitcher Brit­tany El­lis takes a swing down the mid­dle.

Shakeem Hol­loway/The Cov­ing­ton News

Fresh­man pitcher Brit­tany El­lis takes aim at the plate.

Shakeem Hol­loway/The Cov­ing­ton News

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