Newton pitcher Maddie Cronic becomes the first pitcher to step in the circle as the Lady Rams played their inaugural game on Wednesday against Social Circle.
COVINGTON — Seven errors were too much for the Lady Rams to overcome losing their inaugural game on their home field 9-8 to Social Circle on Wednesday.
Newton (5-2) did not have trouble hitting the ball as they had nine hits including doubles by Maddie Cronic and Bri Weaver. They were also patient at the plate seven times while only striking out four times. Unfortunately, they were unable to overcome their errors allowing Social Circle to score four unearned runs.
“We had seven errors on very playable balls. They just dug a hole for themselves they couldn’t get out of,” Newton head coach Virginia Waters said. “We made some great plays, we had some good hits but we have to put it all together. We have to play some solid defense and have solid hits all at the same time.”
The Lady Rams were hoping they would be able comeback from behind again the way they did against Putnum County on Tuesday. However, Newton was unable to get the clutch hits when they needed them in their home-opener loss.
“It’s like we told them, we can’t keep giving away ballgames because we’re not always going to be able to comeback,” Waters said.
The Lady Rams crossed the plate first when Cronic drove Ciara Bryan home with her double in the first inning.
However, the Lady Redskins were able to tie the game in the second inning after the ball got thrown several times in the infield.
Newton seemed to have the game in control scoring four times in the fourth. But errors let Social Circle put runners on base and allowed a run as they closed the gap to 5-4 in the top of the fifth. The Lady Redskins continued to take advantage of Newton errors as they gained the momentum as well as the lead in the sixth inning.
Just like Social Circle took advantage of Newton’s miscues, the Lady Rams did the same in the home half of the sixth to retake the 8-7 lead. But at the end, Newton’s errors were too much as they allowed Social Circle to take a 9-8 lead in the top of the seventh allowing them to hold on for the win.
Newton catcher Ashley Weesner paced the team two hits with seven others getting one hit each.
“Maddie got hit by line drive (Tuesday) on her throwing hand. I hate it for her that she’s not getting the plays behind her because she’s playing through some pain. We appreciate her doing that,” Waters said. “Our defense has to set it up a notch. She’s throwing the ball and putting it in play. That’s what a pitcher is suppose to do. She’s not suppose to strikeout everybody, she’s suppose to put it in play and that’s what she did. Unfortunately we didn’t make the plays we needed to make.”