Newton’s Ciara Bryan slides safely into home plate after scoring on an inside-the-park home run in the third inning of Wednesday’s game against Putnam County (Staff photo: Manny Fils)
COVINGTON — Putnum County took a 8-2 win over Newton without earning any of their runs in their non-region game on Wednesday.
The Lady Rams committed five errors in the second inning allowing Putnam County to score four runs. The Lady War Eagles made it 5-0 in the third inning scoring on a wild pitch. Newton had a chance to keep the game closer but a throwing error in the top of the sixth inning with two outs allowed Putnam County to score two more times. The final run, coming in the seventh, came when the ball was thrown to get the runner out at second base rather than trying to cut the runner down at the plate.
“Errors, errors, errors. What can you say. You’re going to be lucky every once in a while to win a ball game when you score make five errors or more,” Newton head coach Virginia Water said. “The girls are making way to many errors and not hitting enough. If you’re gong to make that many errors, you better be on fire with the bats. It’s a non-region game but it’s loss and I hate losing.”
The Lady Rams had a couple of offensive highlights. The first came in the home half of the third when Ciara Bryan with an inside-the-park home run. Bryan hit the ball into the gap and was rounding second before the outfielder reached the ball easily beating the throw to the plate making it a 5-1 game.
“You can’t ask for more athletic talent. She stepped up and had an awesome hit,” Waters said of Bryan. “She had an in-the-park home run at Putnam. It went right down the first base line. You can’t do anything with that speed.”
After Markayla Price was walked in the sixth, Price stole two bases putting her on third base with two outs. But a Katy Ammons plated Price making it a 7-2 game.
Newton had more hit than the Lady War Eagles with Newton getting eight hits with Bryan and Ammons getting two hits each.
“They didn’t make errors and made the plays when they had to be made. I don’t think they had any wild pitches or pass balls and we had a few,” Waters said. “Maddie (Cronic) seemed tired so we put Ashton (McKinnon) in just to give Maddie some rest since we have a region game (today). We really need her (Cronic) to step up and be on her game (today). We’re just trying to work it out.”