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Lady Rams blank Locust Grove for region win

COVINGTON — Newton’s softball team started Region 2-AAAAAA with a win beating Locust Grove 3-0 on Tuesday.

“I feel like this win will give us the confidence we need to continue our season on a positive road,” first-year head coach Ashley Coles said. “I am hoping we will use the momentum to keep us fired up for the rest of our season.”

The scoring for the Lady Rams (1-4, 1-0) came with one swing of the bat as a triple cleared with the bases in the fifth inning.

Newton freshman pitcher Brittany Ellis got the inning started with a single up the middle of the field. Even though Madison Kinard’s main objective was to move Ellis to second, she was able to beat the throw to first putting runners on first and second. Katy Ammonds showed patience at the plate to get a free pass to load the bases before getting driven home with Ciara Bryan’s triple.

“She hit a shot over centerfielder’s head. She scored three runs and earned herself a triple,” Coles said. “It was clutch for her to come through with three runners on. She is coming into her own as a leader and we expect her to continue her leadership on and off the field.”

Ellis kept the Locust Grove bats quiet retiring the side in order in five of the seven innings while striking out four batters.

“Our pitching was great. Our freshmen really stepped up and threw a great game. She hit her spots and had command over the game. We will see great things from this young athlete in the future,” Coles said.

“We are a very young team. With that we have challenges, but we also have girls that are willing to be coached and molded. I feel that we saw adjustments being made during this game, which is a great sign of maturity.”