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DeLoach coaches against alma mater

By Doug Gorman and Anthonty Rhoads

Happy homecoming: East Coweta head softball coach Franklin DeLoach returned to some familiar territory Wednesday afternoon when his squad played a non-region game against Jonesboro

DeLoach, who is a Jonesboro High School graduate, led East Coweta to a 2-0 win. The former high school athlete played baseball for current Jonesboro coach Don Corr.

DeLoach also serves as head baseball coach at East Coweta.

It's a strike: Despite taking the loss in Wednesday's game against East Coweta, pitcher Heather Lowry's strikeout-to-walk ratio continues to be amazing. The sophomore pitcher had at least one strikeout in every inning, and finished with 15. She walked just two batters.

Perfect at the Plate: Lovejoy softball player Katie Vickers couldn't have turned in a better offensive performance if she tried Tuesday night against Mundy's Mill.

The Lady Wildcats softball player was 4-for-4 at the plate.

Down, not out: The Eagle's Landing Lady Golden Eagles, a team that has been a fast-pitch powerhouse for several years, is off to a slow start this season. The team is 2-5 going into today's game against Morrow but the Lady Golden Eagles can be counted out just yet.

The record is a bit deceiving as most of the games have been close, including Tuesday's 1-0 loss to Stockbridge.

"I felt like we would be a little bit behind because we start a week later than everyone else," Eagle's Landing head coach Blake Lyons said. "Last year we kind of burned out and had a let down at the end of the season. This year, we've lost a lot of close ball games."

Home sweet home: Wednesday's game against Henry County was Stockbridge's first home game of the 2003 season after play eight straight road contests to start the year.

Stockbridge opened the season by winning the Jordan Invitational tournament in Columbus and then played Union Grove, Starr's Mill and Eagle's Landing on the road.

"It's getting us ready for what's going to come at the end of the season," Stockbridge head coach Randy Stracner said. "We don't have any easy games."

New website: The www.gafastpitch.net website has recently been started and it has information about high school fast-pitch softball in the state.

One of the features of the website is a weekly state-wide coaches' poll for each GHSA classification. . In the latest poll, Fayette County was ranked No. 1 in Class AAAAA. Starr's Mill was ranked fifth.

Back on the diamond: Eagle's Landing Christian Academy coach Joe Shadowens loves the game off baseball so much he practically lives on the diamond. For the past several years, he has divided his time between coaching high school baseball and serving on the ground's crew at Turner Field during Braves games. Now, his life just got a little busier after taking over as head coach of the ELCA fastpitch softball team.

"I'm looking forward to it, it's been a while since I've coached softball, so it will be a learning experience, but the girls have been great and we have some pretty good players."

The Daily will publish a softball notebook throughout the season

Coaches are invited to submitt items for publication by calling 770 478-5753 Ext. 280 or by e-mail at sports@news-daily.com.