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Lady Redskins hammer Newton
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The Social Circle varsity softball team used double-digits hits to hammer Newton 10-2 at home on Wednesday.

The Lady Redskins capitalized with runners in scoring position, while the Lady Rams stranded eight runners on base in six innings.

Newton threatened to open the game’s scoring up early in the top of the first inning, but with the bases loaded and one out, the Lady Rams failed to score, highlighting the team's offensive issues on the road.

Lexi Griffin led the Lady Redskins on the mound, limiting Newton to just six hits and a walk while striking out six batters.

"Not scoring early set the tone for the entire ball game," Newton coach Gregg Cowan said. "After that, nothing went right. After that inning, the
offense just went downhill."

The Lady Redskins struck early in the bottom of the first, claiming a 2-0 advantage on a Griffin sacrifice fly to center and an Abby Everett single that scored Alexis Austin.

Social Circle extended its lead to 4-0 in the bottom half of the third inning, scoring Brea Dickson and Griffin on a Cassie Mayfield single to left field.

Newton cut the Lady Redskins' lead in half on a Social Circle fielding error, plating two runs after Social Circle mishandled the outfield blast from Ceirra Bryon.

The Lady Redskins responded in the bottom half of the frame, scoring three runs to halt Newton's comeback bid. After pushing its lead to 5-2 on a passed ball, Haley Barnes and Austin touched home on a single from Griffin, giving Social Circle a commanding 7-2 advantage.

Social Circle added three runs in the bottom of the sixth for the 10-2 victory.

"I thought we played really well today," Social Circle coach Michelle Broderick said. "We were moving runners well and we were smart on the bases. Any error that (Newton) made on the field we capitalized on."

Madison Cronic led Newton at the plate with a 2-for-4 performance with two singles. Cronic also threw six innings, allowing 10 runs in the loss.

Newton returns to softball action on Wednesday, Sept. 11, when the program hosts Putnam County for a 5 p.m. start.