ATLANTA — Neither team was willing to give up as the lead changed hands several time before Newton ended up on top taking advantage of a Red Devils error to get the 8-5 win on Friday.
Errors were not limited to Druid Hills (10-10 overall, 2-4 Region 2-AAAAAA) as Newton (12-8, 7-2) committed two errors on their own. Unfortunately the third error for the Red Devils proved to be costly.
With the score tied 4-4, an error allowed MJ Boykin to give the Rams the 5-4 lead in the fifth inning.
Boykin paced the Rams going 2-for-2 while being walked twice and scoring three times. Six other Newton players had one hit as the Rams ended the game with eight hits.
The Rams were able to grab the lead in the top of the first inning when an Allen Bowen single allowed Boykin to cross the plate.
Newton’s lead did not last long as two errors in the home half of the first inning allowed the Red Devils to jump out to a 4-1 advantage.
After getting walked, Emaeus Thomas stole second and third base before an error allowed him to tie the game. Druid Hills grabbed the lead on a TJ Young sacrifice fly before Derrick Lewis and Travis Bowman, who reached on an error, scored to increase their lead.
A passed ball in the fourth inning allowed Mason Calloway to cross the plate making it 4-2. A timely double by Alex Johnson was enough to push Boykin and Bowen across the plate tying the game.
“Being down 4-1 after one inning the kids felt like we were still going to win the game,” Newton head coach Andre Byrd said. “Right now we have a winning attitude and feel like we are suppose to win every game.”
After Boykin gave the Rams the lead, Augustus Murray made it 6-4 scoring on a wild pitch. Shawn Guckenberger gave the Rams the upper hand by four runs in the top of the final inning when a double let Bowen and Daniel Croom add to their tally.
Druid Hills’ Austin Norris took advantage on a Newton passed ball in the bottom seventh with one out but the Newton defense was able to close out the game without allowing another run to cross the plate.
“The Druid Hills game really showed how far we have come as a team. We put ourselves in a great position (to win) the region,” Byrd said. We currently have a two-game lead over everybody with only three games left to play.”
The Rams are scheduled to play at home on Tuesday at 5:30 against Alcovy.