COVINGTON -- Newton's softball team took another step in the right direction before beginning Region 2-AAAAA play against Newnan on Aug. 30 as it improved to 5-2 with an 11-8 win over Spalding on Thursday.

Even though the Lady Rams (5-2) got the win, giving up eight runs against a team like Spalding is a bit of a concern to Newton head coach Virginia Water.

"It will definitely be a bigger issue when we play tougher teams like East Coweta and the Newnan's of our region. It's going to be a concern because they have phenomenal pitchers so we're going to have to step it up," Waters said. "But it never concerns me as long as we score more than that."

Despite Spalding making it to the silver bracket of the Griffin tournament which Newton won the gold bracket, Spalding they have lost their last four games, including against Newton.

Offensively, the Lady Rams were paced at the plate by Zhan Usher and DeAunna Jackson going 4-for-5. Besides pacing the team, they each had an extra-base hit with Usher going yard for the first time this season and Jackson driving the ball to the fence for a double.

Getting the win was Letice Albert who pitched the entire game where she gave up three walks while striking out two batters.

"They hit the ball well but we capitalized on their lack of pitching. Our bats we a little better and our outfield played exceptionally well," Waters said. "Any win this year is a pretty big win."