Meridian Star

March 22, 2014

Newton County notches win

By Huellen Watson / Special to The Star
The Meridian Star

DECATUR —     The Newton County Lady Cougars pushed through a defensive battle to defeat the Northwest Rankin Lady Cougars, 12-2, Friday night.

    The game was scoreless through the bottom of the fourth inning when Newton County’s Cassidy Blount connected on a base hit to right field, scoring Darby Bishop.

    The Cougars only held on that lead for a short time, when Northwest Rankin answered by scoring two in the top of the fifth. Abby Whitfield laid down a sacrifice bunt to the pitcher and advanced runners to second and third. Ariel Johnson sent a line drive to right field, scoring Katie Gordon and Olivia Houston and giving Northwest Rankin the 2-1 lead.

    That would prove to be all of the offense that Northwest Rankin would have a chance to produce. Pitching woes took their toll on Northwest Rankin, and Newton County scored 10 runs in the bottom of the fifth to end the game.

    Things got started for Newton County when leadoff hitter Shelby Barrett was hit by a pitch. Dalmericka King hit a triple to right field scoring courtesy runner, Triniere Walker. Hannah May reached first on a walk, and Latesia Davis hit a line drive back to the pitcher to load the bases.

    Bishop hit a line drive to center field scoring King, May and Davis, but she was out at third trying to stretch the hit into a triple. Newton County loaded the bases again with two walks before Abby Reeves hit a ball to shallow center, advancing runners to second and third. Northwest Rankin walked two more batters and hit Savannah Gates with a pitch, scoring three more runs for the Cougars.  

    May connected on a base hit to left field scoring King and Barrett. Latesia Davis popped out to third, giving Northwest Rankin their second out of the inning. Darby Bishop reached first on an error to third before Ashton Lampton sent a line drive to left field, scoring May for the 12th and final run of the game.   

    “I thought against a quality opponent that we executed very well,” head coach Justin Chaney said. “We were able to execute in areas that we had not been tested.”

    The Cougars (9-2, 2-0) will face Clarkdale  High School on Monday and Quitman High School on Tuesday.