STARKVILLE, Miss. -- After Thursday's dramatic game one come-from-behind victory over Tishomingo County, Newton County wanted to leave no doubts in Monday's 8-4 series-clinching victory over the Braves at Nusz Park in Starkville.
"I just thought our preparation over Friday, Saturday, and Sunday was key," said Newton County head coach Justin Chaney. "That goes back to one word: experience. They've been there. They've done that."
The Cougars jumped ahead of TCHS early with a 5-run first inning, behind timely hitting and several Braves errors. Newton County never trailed in Monday's game, only allowing Tishomingo County to score four runs in the final two innings.
This year's 4A fast-pitch championship is the 10th for Newton County as a program, and the first for NCHS since 2015. Justin Chaney has now won 19 state championships as head coach between both fast-pitch and slow-pitch.
"Losing last year in fast-pitch and this year in slow-pitch, we've got some jokers in that dugout who are tough," Chaney said. "I'm proud of them. It was a team effort up and down the line-up. We're reaping the rewards of all our hard work right now."
Newton County finished the season with a record of 29-7.