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Newton Co. needs rally to beat Union

By By Marty Stamper/The Meridian Star
Oct. 10, 2001
UNION – The Newton County Lady Cougars, ranked No. 6 in the state, will begin play in the Class 3A state playoffs next Tuesday as either the Division 5-3A champion or runner-up.
The Division 6-1A champion Union Lady Jackets will host Ethel on Tuesday in the first round of the Class 1A state playoffs.
Before heading into the postseason, however, the two put on an entertaining show Tuesday afternoon at Laird Park with Newton County scoring seven times in the top of the sixth inning to claim an 11-9 victory.
Newton County improved to 25-3, while Union dropped to 21-4 with the 21 wins setting a school record.
Newton County committed four errors, but managed 13 hits in the win.
Both teams scored once in the first inning. Betsy Clark gave the Lady Cougars a 4-1 lead in the top of the second with a three-run homer over the fence in left field.
Union scored five times in the bottom of the third to grab a 6-4 lead. Lauren White and Lindsey Cassel had RBI-singles in the inning with Amechia Hickman ripping an RBI-double.
Newton County reclaimed the lead with a seven-run sixth frame. Joy Cavenaugh had a two-run single with Shelly Ferguson following with a two-run double. Clark, who went 3-for-3 with four RBIs,and Jennifer Smith added RBI-singles.
Union got one run back in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI-single by LaSaundra Harrison.
The Lady Jackets pulled to within 11-9 in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI-single by Marley Smith, who went 3-for-4, and a run-scoring fielder's choice by White.
Union had 12 hits with White, Cassel, Hickman, and Morgan Milling each having two. It was the kind of tuneup Union head coach Todd Viverette said his team needed after rolling through Division 6-1A undefeated and basically unchallenged.
Two earlier games with Newton County and two with Division 5-2A champion Clarkdale were rained out.
Suzanne Chaney (25-3) was the winning pitcher with Madison Brantley (19-3) taking the loss.
Ferguson had two hits for the Lady Cougars, who return to action Thursday at Heidelberg before hosting Clarkdale and Brandon on Saturday.
Union's next action will be in the playoffs.
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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