SOCIAL CIRCLE -- Not even six errors were enough to keep the Lady Rams from getting a win, 10-8, over Social Circle on Wednesday.
"They were more mental mistakes, like not knowing where to go with the ball before it's pitched or coming up with it and throwing it to the wrong base," Newton head coach Virginia Waters said. "We start region (2-AAAAA) play next week and this is definitely something we have to have fixed by then."
Social Circle took advantage of Newton's mistakes early as Newton allowed the Lady Redskins to take a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. But a big inning by the Lady Rams not only erased the deficit but took a three-run lead, scoring five runs in the top of the third.
While the girls seemed confident in the dugout with their three-run lead, it wasn't enough. Social Circle, with the help of two errors and a three-run RBI double by Brooke Barnes, came back and took a 6-5 lead.
"There have been teams in the past that have had bad innings then couldn't pull out of it. This team is different in that they seem to have confidence in one another. Lucky for us, we have girls that play quality defense and come up with the big play when we need them," Waters said.
Newton fought back in the fourth to tie it on a Precious Price score before Newton pitcher Letice Albert hit a double to take a 7-6 lead in the sixth inning.
The Lady Redskins must have thought that they had Newton's number as they tied the game in the home half of the sixth on a Barnes single.
But Newton's bats again sprang to life, scoring three times on four hits in the top of the seventh to make it 10-7.
"We had some clutch hits and I'm really proud of the girls for stepping up and getting them when we needed them. DeAunna (Jackson) hit one to the fence and she's our quickest so we normally have her bunting. But she put the bat on the ball several times with solid shots. Zhan (Usher) had a good (double) too," Waters said. "I'm proud of the girls for not giving up."
Social Circle tried to get things going but Newton's defense proved to be too much. After scoring to make it 10-8, the Lady Redskins tried to get aggressive on the base path. While trying to get third base, Jackson was able to stop Cassi Rahl in her tracks, running her down before she made it back to second base.
"I told the girls afterwards how proud I was because it seems that every game we don't lie down. We scratch and fight and try to get out of things," Waters said.
In the win, Albert had one strikeout while giving up three walks, 12 hits and hitting one batsman.
"I can't say enough about Letice. So far she's pitched every game and has kept us in ball games," Waters said. "It's a wonderful thing to have a pitcher you can rely on day in and day out."