By: Sam Martin
Tuesday, March 28, Newnan High School hosts the first of a three game series versus the East Coweta Indians.
Newnan (13-7) comes into the game second in the region behind East Coweta (15-4). Newnan’s success this season has been largely lead by Will Wilbanks, NHS junior, and Jacob Snellgrove, NHS senior.
Wilbanks leads the team in RBIs, while Snellgrove, Newnan’s primary starting pitcher, leads the team in strikeouts.
Newnan comes into the game off of a win against Pebblebrook, by a score of 10 to 0, with senior William Strickland on the mound, with a combined no-hitter with Peyton Cooper.
East Coweta, ranked thirteenth in the state, comes into the game off a loss to Wheeler, with a score of 2-1.
Mr. Marc Gilmore, NHS Baseball Coach, expects a high level of energy and focus from his players, “I’m looking forward to our guys having energy and passion. It is a rivalry game, so if you need any more motivation, there is something seriously wrong with you.”
Coach Gilmore wants his players to enjoy the rivalry but also compete with a sense of calmness and composure.
“The key factor in rivalry games is composure. There are so many factors going into the game and so much on the line,” he said. “You can’t get caught up in that, you just have to settle in and adjust to the flow of the game.”
Coach Gilmore also discussed the key factor of pitching in the game, “They have some really good arms. One guy has not given up a run in twenty-five innings. That is pretty impressive.”
Bennett Rowan, NHS senior and second basemen for the Cougars, looks forward to the challenge of the upcoming series, “I’ve just got a lot of excitement going through my mind right now. This is the biggest series of the season so far, so I know my teammates and I are just ready to get out there and compete.”
Tuesday at 5:55 p.m. on Joe Pope Field, East Coweta’s undefeated region record will be put to the test to see if Newnan’s strong hitting can break East Coweta’s pitching power.