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New­ton fresh­man pitcher Brit­tany El­lis was able to get out of the in­ning with two run­ners in scor­ing po­si­tion.

Pow­ell’s run would be the only run for ei­ther team for a while. Both pitch­ers were deal­ing up un­til the bot­tom of the fifth when the mo­men­tum shifted to the Lady Rams.

New­ton’s of­fense came alive in the fifth with a lit­tle help from the Lady Ea­gles. With two run­ners on and only one out, sur­pris­ingly, it was a passed ball at home that led to New­ton’s first score. The Lady Rams fol­lowed that up with an RBI dou­ble to give New­ton its first lead of the game, 2-1.

Wood made a pitch­ing change that had a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the rest of the game when she brought Caitlin Ray in for Molly Moon.

Be­cause there must be bal­ance in the world, the Lady Rams couldn’t go with­out mak­ing some mis­takes of their own, which let the Lady Ea­gles back into the game.

On what should have been a stan­dard pop out, mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion turned into two play­ers col­lid­ing with each other as the ball fell to the ground and the runner reached sec­ond base. Soon af­ter, a fly ball from Ray landed just on the in­side of the foul line too far from the right fielder, putting run­ners at the cor­ners.

If run­ning into each other wasn’t enough, with run­ners at the cor­ners, a sec­ond base steal at­tempt prompted the catcher to go for the out al­low­ing the runner on third to score. A bad throw at sec­ond then al­lowed the other runner to come in, putting the Lady Ea­gles up 3-2.

“Not com­mu­ni­cat­ing. Not do­ing the things that we prac­tice,” coach Ash­ley Coles said when asked about the mis­com­mu­nica- tions on de­fense. “When things get tough and the pres­sure is on, you have to play at a higher level. You can’t let it get to you and I think some­times that’s what hap­pens when you have such a young class out there.”

“Brit­tany pitched a re­ally good game. Es­pe­cially as a fresh­man, com­ing out in such a good game with that lit­tle pres­sure that comes with play­ing a cross-town ri­val. I think she came out poised, I thought she threw well. I think threw good enough to win,” Coles said. “We gave them a few runs, and I think ev­ery­one in this sta­dium and area knows it. They know it. They played hard, we played hard. They came out in the end.”

With the lead came cheers from East­side’s dugout. A bus driver, who had been cheer­ing on East­side all game to the dis­plea­sure of New­ton fans, led East­side in a cheer based off the pop­u­lar rap song “No flex zone.” Af­ter the bus driver yelled, “No flex,” the East- side play­ers tuned in for a loud, “Zone!”

Ray shut the game down from that point on. New­ton couldn’t man­age any of­fense with Ray on the mound and the Lady Ea­gles flew off to a 5-2 vic­tory.

“I thought she (Molly Moon) threw well. I felt like Molly kept us in the game. I felt like we didn’t help her of­fen­sively,” Wood said. “I thought Molly did great. I thought Caity-Ray came in and did a good job clos­ing for us. “

Wood added that with Ray’s speed, the last three in­nings are the per­fect spot for her.

“I think that Caitlin had a lit­tle bit more speed than Molly,” Coles said. “They both are re­ally good pitch­ers. I have re­spect for them, but we gave them a lot of outs swing­ing at pitches that weren’t strikes. And I think that was noth­ing but men­tal be­cause she was throw­ing a lit­tle harder. Our girls got up there and got anx­ious.” New­ton’s Fresh­man pitcher Brit­tany El­lis was taken out of the game in the sev­enth in­ning af­ter nearly pitch­ing a com­plete game. But the dam­age was done and the Lady Rams weren’t able to climb back into the game, fall­ing 5-2 to East­side.

Sha­keem Hol­loway/The Cov­ing­ton News

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