Meridian Star

March 2, 2014

Newton County holds off Meridian

By Huellen Watson / Special to The Star
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN — Newton County defeated Meridian High School on Saturday afternoon in the midday game of the Newton County Classic.

The lead changed hand eight times but the Cougars came out on top 7-5 in the end.

Newton County improves to 2-0 while Meridian falls to 0-2 after a 17-16 loss to the Lake Hornets earlier on Saturday.

Meridian scored first in the second inning when Jamal Horn scored on a double by Jared Scott. The Cougars answered in the bottom of the second win Tanner Elders connected for the single, scoring Austin Elders.

In the top of the third, Meridian’s Jacolby Cole scored on a two out error before Edwards struck out the final Wildcat batter. Meridian took a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the inning.

In the bottom of the third, Cale Hollingsworth hit an RBI single scoring Cain Cleveland. Austin Elders added a two-run homer over the left field wall to give the Cougars the two-run lead.

In the fourth, Meridian reclaimed the lead with a three-run homer by Corey Davis. Meridian kept the 5-3 lead through the top of the fifth inning. In the bottom of the fifth, Newton County’s Peyton Cain singled to left field and scored Jacob Edwards. Hollingsworth reached first on a fielder’s choice and scored  Cain. The Wildcats retired the next two batters but Newton County held a 6-5 lead.

The Cougars scored in the bottom of the sixth with a sacrifice fly by Cleveland scoring Eli Harrison. Hollingsworth lined out to end the inning.  The Cougars carried the 7-5 lead through the seventh to defeat the Wildcats.

Cleveland was the winning pitcher for the Cougars.