Newton was unbeaten in Region 2-AAAAAA play prior to Tuesday night, and needed a dramatic comeback, and the help of Shawn Guckenberger, to keep its streak alive.
The Rams defeated Druid Hills 11-8 after the Red Devils scored five runs in the second to go up by four early.
Newton scored first on a double by Guckenberger in the bottom of the first, starting strong after region wins over Lovejoy and Rockdale in the Rams previous two outings.
However, Druid Hills put the heat on.
Newton came back with a charge, starting with a run in the second inning. The Rams would then do most of their damage in the four inning, scoring six runs with hits from Guckenberger and Alex Johnson.
“We had fight,” Newton coach Vincent Byams said. “We had to turn it up a little bit, and we were ready to take it to the next level.”
Newton scored two runs in the fifth inning extending its lead to 10-5 with another hit by Guckenberger who finished with five RBI.
“He has been the leader of our team, and he has stepped up pitching wise and batting wise” Byams said. “He has took it upon himself to be the leader of our team.”
Druid Hills didn’t go out without a fight, scoring three runs in the sixth inning to put the pressure back on Newton.
Newton, however, would score another run in the bottom of the sixth to seal it.
Rams’ pitcher Alex Johnson closed it out for a hard-fought third-straight win.