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Lady Cougars slip past West

By By Marty Stamper/The Meridian Star
October 5, 2001
DECATUR – In another chapter of a long series of classics between the two schools, the Newton County Lady Cougars rallied from a 6-3 deficit to defeat West Lauderdale 9-6 in a Region 5-3A slow-pitch softball showdown Thursday night.
Kristin Chaney went 3-for-3 and scored three runs and Joy Cavenaugh went 2-for-4 with three RBIs to lead Newton County.
Both teams have a three-run win over each other this fall and both are 9-1 in 5-3A.
The Lady Cougars, ranked No. 6 in the state, improved to 23-3 overall. They have remaining league games with Philadelphia on Monday and Heidelberg next Thursday.
Seventh-ranked West fell to 28-4 overall. The Lady Knights have remaining league games with Carthage on Monday and Philadelphia next Thursday.
West has won state championships in 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, and 2000 and was state runner-up in 1992, 1995, and 1998. Newton County won a state championship in 1992 and was state runner-up in 1996, 1999, and 2000.
Newton County grabbed a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the first on three hits and four errors. Cavenaugh had an RBI-double in the inning with Shelly Ferguson's single giving the Lady Cougars a 3-1 lead.
J.J. Huggins launched a two-run homer to left-center in the top of the third to even the contest at 3-3. She would be intentionally walked the rest of the night.
The Lady Knights struck for three runs in the top of the fourth. Courtney Godwin's two-run triple gave West a 5-3 lead with Brook Bounds' single making it 6-3.
Newton County tallied four times in the bottom of the fifth. Kristin Chaney and Suzanne Chaney started the rally with one-out singles. Cavenaugh boomed a two-run triple to the wall in right field with two outs. After an intentional walk to Ferguson, Krissi Harris and Betsy Clark followed with RBI-singles as the Lady Cougars went up 7-6.
The Lady Cougars had two big defensive plays in the top of the sixth. Winning pitcher Suzanne Chaney (23-3) came off the mound to make a sliding catch of a short popup by Godwin. Kristin Chaney made a leaping catch at shortstop to rob Brittany Mosley of a hit.
Newton County picked up a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth. Sylendria Johnson reached on an error to start the inning and scored on a double to left field by Kristin Chaney. Suzanne Chaney followed with a single and Dominique Mapp made it 9-6 with a single.
Right fielder Obreisha Davis made a running catch in foul territory at the fence for the second out of the seventh inning. Mapp then ended the game with a leaping catch in left-center to rob losing pitcher Jessica Ethridge (28-4) of extra bases.
Ferguson and Suzanne Chaney each had two of Newton County's 14 hits.
Bounds went 3-for-3 to lead the Lady Knights. Godwin, Hayley Scarborough, and Jo Havard each had two of West's 12 hits.
Marty Stamper is a sports writer for The Meridian Star. E-mail him at mstamper@themeridianstar.com or call him at 693-1551 ext. 3234.

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