By DOUG GORMAN | July 4, 2019 

Former Northgate infielder Charla Echols

After dropping two straight games in the USA Softball International Cup in Columbus, the 19-and-under USA squad got back on track with a 2-1 victory over the Scrap Yards in a game that turned into a pitchers’ duel.

After giving up its only run in the bottom of the second, the USA squad rallied with the help of a local softball standout.

Former Northgate infielder Charla Echols, who started her college career at Michigan State, but recently transferred to Florida belted a two-run homer for the USA squad in the top of the third.

The USA squad outhit the Scrap Yard squad 7-5.

Echols and former East Coweta pitcher and current National Gatorade Player of the Year Kelley Lynch will help the USA squad return to action today against Japan.

Lynch, who will play college softball at the University of Washington, has played both first base and pitched during the tournament.

In the contest against Peru, Lynch struck out 10.