COVINGTON — Newton’s bats were active as they had 12 hits, including three doubles, in four innings as they routed Druid Hills 15-0 in Region 2-AAAAAA play on Tuesday.
Leadoff hitter M.J. Boykin paced the Rams (5-6, 2-1) going 3-for-4 with Allen Bowen, Shawn Guckenberger and Alex Johnson getting two hits each. Both of Bowen’s hits went for doubles with Guckenberger also getting a two-bagger.
“What I did this week was put an emphasis on hitting,” Newton head coach Andre Byrd said. “Defensively we haven’t been doing too bad but we haven’t been hitting the ball well. The last few practices we’ve been hitting until our hands bleed and its paid off.”
Even though Mason Calloway only had one hit, he was hit twice by the pitcher. Guckenberger also earned a trip to the bases after getting hit by a pitch.
Druid Hills (6-5, 0-1) started the game pressuring the Rams getting three hits and a walk to load the bases before pitcher Levi Langford struck out the batter ending the threat. The Red Devils threat took a hit when Johnson threw Emaeus Thomas out trying to steal second base.
Despite a rough start, Langford settled down giving up two more hits for the rest of the game. He finished the game giving up five hits and one walk while striking out four batters.
“Surprisingly, Levi is leading in the state of Georgia in ERA (1.46). They just cannot hit him. He’s throwing good stuff. His movement is pretty good and he hasn’t had a bad outing yet,” Byrd said.
After taking a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, a double steal allowed Bowen to cross the plate giving Newton a 3-0 lead.
The Rams took control of the game taking advantage of Druid Hills errors and five hits scoring six runs making it 9-0.
Rather than giving the Red Devils a chance in the fifth inning by scoring a few runs in the fourth, the Rams ended the game by run-ruling Druid Hills scoring six runs. Boykin ended the game when a bad pick-off throw him to score after stealing third base.
“That’s not a bad ball club,” Byrd said of Druid Hills. They just caught us at the wrong time. It was a real big win.”