Newton County’s softball girls received their fast-pitch state championship rings in a pre-game ceremony Tuesday night at Mack Fanning Stadium in Decatur.
Then, the Lady Cougars made quick work of Richland in a slow-pitch game for the second time in four days, rolling to a 20-1 rout-shortened win.
Newton County, which needed just 38 minutes win its division-opener (12-0) at Richland Saturday, took just 41 minutes Tuesday night to improve to 11-3 overall and 2-0 in its league.
All 11 players in the starting lineup had hits for Newton County, led by Savannah Gates and Shea Alexander -- who both went 3-for-3 with three runs and three RBIs apiece. Gates had a triple and two singles, while Alexander had three singles.
Ashton Lampton homered, singled and drove in three runs; Shelby Barrett singled, doubled and scored twice; Mary Snowden was 2-for-3 with three runs; Hannah May was 2-for-2; RoNeisha Brown singled, doubled and drove in two; winning pitcher Meagan Higginbotham drove in three runs and had one hit; Latesia Davis had one hit, two runs and two RBIs; Lindsey Savell belted a triple; and Ashley Gressett also had a base hit.
The Lady Cougars out-hit the Lady Rangers 20-3.
Bulldogs top Cougars (Monday)
Homestanding Enterprise banged out 21 base hits and held off Newton County to take a 12-11 victory in a slow-pitch softball slugfest Monday night.
Delaney Davidson was 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs and winning pitcher Harley Smith was 2-for-3 with a homer, two runs and two RBIs to pace the Lady Bulldogs, who jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first inning with six base hits and never trailed.
Newton County (10-3) drew even at 5-5 in the top of the third, only to see Enterprise answer with four runs in the home half of the third to retake the lead for good.
Brittany Hagwood was 3-for-4 with two runs scored; Jordan Goodman was 3-for-4; Blakely Riley had two hits and two RBIs; Jess Turner, Lauren Smith and Kaleigh Russell all had two singles; Emmalee Roberts had a triple; and Katie Jo Riley singled and scored twice.
RoNeisha Brown was 4-for-4 with a double and two runs scored and Mary Snowden was 3-for-4 with a double, two runs and two RBIs to pace Newton County, which banged out 20 hits of its own but committed four errors.
Hannah May and Meagan Higginbotham were both 3-for-4 and Lindsey Savell was 2-for-2 with three RBIs for the Lady Cougars; Savannah Gates had two hits, two runs and two RBIs; Latesia Davis had two hits and two runs; and Ashton Lampton had a solo home