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March 16, 2013

Newton County and West Lauderdale go 1-1, Clarkdale loses in Day 2 of Spring Fling tourney

MERIDIAN — Time nearly ran out on Newton County in its first game Friday in the Clarkdale Spring Fling Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament. Luckily for the Lady Cougars, they made the most of one final chance.

After a two-run homer put Lake Cormorant ahead, Newton County scored four times in its next at-bat and held on for a 7-6 victory.

    The Lady Cougars dropped their second contest of the day, 3-0 to South Panola, and will return to Northeast Park for two more games today.

    “We made the most of our chance in that first one, but we didn't do some little things very well in the second one,” Newton County coach Justin Chaney said. “We didn't have our best at-bats, but give credit to them: They hit their spots well and they made plays.”

    In their first game, the Lady Cougars scored once each in the first and second frames and were still up 3-2 in the waning minutes of the 75-minute time limit. A two-run homer with 2 minutes remaining gave Lake Cormorant a 4-3 lead, but Newton County got out of the inning in time for a new frame to start – and scored four times in its next at-bat to get back on top.

Darby Bishop got the win in the circle and was also 2-for-3 with two doubles and a run scored, while Lindsey Savell was 2-for-2 with a run to lead Newton County. Ashton Lampton doubled, Shea Alexander singled and scored twice and Cassidy Blount, Abby Reeves and Shelby Barrett all had one hit, one run and one RBI.

    In the 3-0 loss to South Panola, Newton County fell behind 1-0 in the first inning and never scratched a run. Lampton, Reeves and Latesia Davis had one hit each and Lampton took the loss after fanning four and allowing just one earned run.

    Newton County is now 8-2 on the season.

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