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LaGrange begins week with home loss

LAGRANGE – It was the start of a busy week for the LaGrange High softball team.

The Lady Grangers are playing five games in a span of six days, and they got things started with a non-region home game against the Newnan Lady Cougars on Monday.

It was a tough day for the home team, with Newnan rolling to a 13-0 victory in a game shortened to four innings because of the run rule.

It was LaGrange’s second game against Newnan this season.

On Aug. 9, LaGrange opened its season with an 8-2 road loss to Newnan, and those teams got together a month later for the rematch.

In Monday’s game, the Lady Grangers were limited to one hit, and they didn’t help themselves with six errors that led to 10 unearned runs.

Newnan opened the scoring with two runs in the top of the first inning, and it busted the game open with seven runs in the third.

Newnan capped the scoring with four runs in the fourth inning, and the game ended after LaGrange was unable to score in the bottom of the inning.

Hannah Karcher had LaGrange’s only hit, and Destiny Fitzpatrick reached base with a walk.

Karcher pitched all four innings for LaGrange.

Leslie Davis had two hits and three RBIs for Newnan, Hannah Scarbrough had three hits and two RBIs, and Breannah Houston added a hit and two RBIs.

Newnan starting pitcher Addie Andrews threw three scoreless and hitless innings to get the win, and she struck out five batters.

SOCCER: LaGrange Academy’s boys’ team fell to visiting Furtah Prep 2-0 on Monday.

It was senior day, and LaGrange Academy’s Brandon Haynes and Nick Keating were both honored.

The Warriors had their chances throughout the game, and they nearly scored off a corner kick in the final minute, but they were unable to put the ball in the net.

Those same two teams will meet again today, this time at Furtah Prep in Acworth.

LaGrange Academy finishes the week with a game at Academe of the Oaks in Atlanta on Thursday.

COLLEGE GOLF: LaGrange College is kicking off its season by competing in the NCAA Division III Fall Preview at the Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort in Howey-in-theHills, Fla.

The three-day tournament began on Sunday, and LaGrange College has posted scores of 301 and 313 and is in 15th place.

LaGrange College will look to climb the ladder in today’s final round.

LaGrange College’s top player through two rounds has been Logan Lanier, who followed up his first-round 73 with a 76 on Monday and is in 21st place.

Next for the Panthers is Osborn Theam, who struggled with a 72 on Monday after shooting an opening-round 72, and he is in 42nd place.

Drew Duffie has posted matching scores of 78 the first two days and is in 59th place, and Anthony Scolapio is in 65th after notching scores of 79 and 78.

LaGrange College’s fifth and final golfer is Eric Havixbeck, who has opened with scores of 78 and 84.

This is the first of four fall tournaments for the Panthers, who are coming off a successful 2015-2016 season that ended with a 14th-place finish in the NCAA Division III championship.

Reach Kevin Eckleberry at (706) 884-7311 or on Twitter @lagrangesports

LaGrange’s Ricki Cruzado takes a swing during Monday’s loss to Newnan. Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News
http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_LHS2-4.jpgLaGrange’s Ricki Cruzado takes a swing during Monday’s loss to Newnan. Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News
LaGrange Academy’s John Whitlow and Jacob Rogers turn up the defensive pressure during the second half of Monday’s game against Furtah Prep. Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News
http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_LGA2-2.jpgLaGrange Academy’s John Whitlow and Jacob Rogers turn up the defensive pressure during the second half of Monday’s game against Furtah Prep. Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News
LaGrange High catcher Destiny Fitzpatrick catches a pitch from Hannah Karcher during Monday’s game. Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News
http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_LHS3-2.jpgLaGrange High catcher Destiny Fitzpatrick catches a pitch from Hannah Karcher during Monday’s game. Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News
LaGrange Academy’s Emilio Del Toro controls the ball during Monday’s game. Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News
http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_LGA6.jpgLaGrange Academy’s Emilio Del Toro controls the ball during Monday’s game. Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News
Lady Grangers have their hands full in 13-0 setback

By Kevin Eckleberry

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