Meridian Star

September 18, 2013

Cougars get rings, rout Richland, 20-1

By Rocky Higginbotham / Special to The Star
The Meridian Star

DECATUR — 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


Cougars rip Richland (Saturday)

    Newton County made quick work of Richland in its division opener Saturday, as the Lady Cougars needed just 38 minutes to blank the host Lady Rangers 12-0 in a rout-shortened game.

    Newton County, 10-2 overall, scored three times in the first inning and never looked back. The Lady Cougars added two runs each in the second and third innings and added five in the fourth.

    RoNeisha Brown was 3-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored and Shea Alexander singled, doubled and scored three times for Newton County -- which took advantage of six Lady Ranger errors.

    Darby Bishop had an inside-the-park homer, a single and two RBIs; Ashton Lampton singled and drove in two runs; Lindsey Savell tripled; and Shelby Barrett, Latesia Davis and Hannah May all had hits. Meagan Higginbotham was the winning pitcher, while Mary Snowden and Savannah Gates had two RBIs each.