COVINGTON -- Even though Newton out hit Stephenson almost 2-1, the Rams stopped themselves too many times in their 5-4 loss on Tuesday at Riverside Park.
The Rams (4-5 overall, 1-1 in Region 2-AAAAA) had 11 hits compared to Stephenson's (6-1, 1-1) six hits. However, Newton was unable to get the extra one or two hits when needed as they left bases loaded twice while leaving runners in scoring position 10 times. Newton also led the Jaguars in errors as the Rams had four errors compared to two for Stephenson.
"The errors cost us early in the game and the base running mistake late in the game basically sealed the deal for us. They stuck around, they had a lot of fight. But we had a lot of fight also. We just couldn't overcome our own mistakes," said Newton head coach Vincent Byams. "We doubled them up on hits, but we also doubled them up on errors too. The walks and errors will come back to bite you every time. That's the simple part of the game."
The Rams tied the game in the bottom of the third inning when Jeremy Laquins scored on a Tripp Loftin triple. But a pair of errors in the top of the fourth allowed Stephenson to regain the lead after plating two runs.
But the Rams were able to get their bats going again in the home half of the fourth scoring three runs.
Newton's lead did not last long as a wild pitch put runners in scoring position allowing Cameron Davis to hit a two-run
RBI single in the fifth to end the scoring.
"We have to take it upon ourselves in practice and in the game to eliminate the errors. It's part of the game, it does happen. But if we could eliminate half of them we win the ball game," said Byams. "When you let a team like Stephenson stick around they're going to beat us."
Daniel Croom paced the Rams at the plate going 3-for-4 with Loftin and Laquins getting two hits each. Laquins also had an extra-base hit with a double.
The Rams will be back on the field at today at 5:30 p.m. against non-region opponent Stockbridge before playing another region game at home on Friday at 5:30 p.m. against Newnan.