Archive for May, 2012

Pierce County closes out Lovett

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Pierce County 17, Lovett 7: After each team scored five runs by the top of the third inning, Pierce County seized control of the game when Drew Taylor connected on a three-run home run. After Lovett tried to bounce back, Nate Gay drilled a home run to push the lead to 12-7. The Lions squandered a bases-loaded chance in the fifth, and the Bears took advantage of two bases-loaded situations to pull away against the Lovett bullpen.

Pierce County advanced to the Class AA state finals, where it will host Appling County.

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Class A Tuesday semifinals roundup

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Charlton County 8, George Walton Academy 4: The host Indians fell behind 2-0 in the first then rallied for two runs each in the second, third and fourth innings. Charlton County added one run each in the next two innings to hold a commanding 8-4 lead. Chris Smith threw 4 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win. Jacob Baxter had two RBIs and Richard Dasher went 2-for-3 three with an RBI for the Indians. The Bulldogs were led by Evan Alderman, who was 3-for-4.

Savannah Christian 5-6, Providence Christian 4-7: The Stars jumped out to a 3-0 lead at home over Savannah Christian in Game 2, but Erik Davis blasted a two-run home run and Bryce Evans would give the Raiders a 4-3 lead. After Providence Christian tied the game, Davis singled home the game-winning run. In Game 3, Christin Stewart tied a state record with his 69th career homer, giving the Stars an early lead. Savannah Christian would try to rally, but coach Adam Cantrell’s pitching staff closed …

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Baseball: Grayson, Brookwood split; Game 3 on Tuesday

Grayson broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning with a bases-loaded single by Jeril Dawson and defeated Gwinnett County neighbor Brookwood 3-1 on Monday to salvage a two-game split of a Class AAAAA semifinal baseball series.

Brookwood won the opener 10-0 despite no earned runs. Lucas Sims, the state’s top pitching prospect, pitched a three-hitter and struck out eight. The Clemson signee lowered his ERA to 1.09.

The teams will play a deciding third game Tuesday at Brookwood at 5 p.m.

The first game Monday was a Grayson disaster. Brookwood put up eight hits in the game but benefited from five Grayson errors, two in an ugly first inning that also saw three Grayson walks and two wild pitches. Clint Carr’s two-run double to right field was Brookwood’s first hit. Carr bats sixth.

Brookwood batted around again in the second and scored four more runs with singles from Jordan Dykes, Ryan Woodard, Garrett Reynolds and Zach Moon.

Brookwood finished it in the fifth, …

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Esmonde leads Parkview to walk-off win

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Parkview 5, Mill Creek 4: In a Class AAAAA semifinals series, Parkview won in walkoff fashion after Jack Esmonde’s infield single scored Michael Craig for the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh. Josh Hart had tied the game on the previous at-bat after a passed ball.

Esmonde got the win out of the bullpen after throwing 2 2/3 scoreless innings. Matt Olson started the game and went 4 1/3 innings with eight strikeouts. At the plate, Esmonde was 3-for-4, while Olson was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and Josh Hart was 2-for-3 with two runs.

A single by Nick Tillman and back-to-back homers by Tyler Boldt and Jesse Thomas put Mill Creek ahead 4-3 in the fifth inning.

Game 2 was postponed and will be played tomorrow at 4 p.m.

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Class AAAA baseball roundup

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Greenbrier 6-5, Whitewater 4-8: Whitewater jumped out to an early lead in Game 1 with home runs from Alex Liquori and Daniel Amos, but the Wolf Pack offense rallied to put six on the board. In the second game, Whitewater’s Taylor Turner crushed a two-run home run for the visitors.

Johns Creek 7, Loganville 2: In Game 1 pitcher Matt Gorst threw a complete game, striking out five with two earned runs. Dylan Dore led off the game with a homer for the visiting Gladiators. Game 2 was postponed and will be played Tuesday at 2 p.m.

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Class AAA baseball roundup

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Columbus 9-1, Troup 0-5: The visiting Blue Devils won Game 1 behind the pitching of starter Kyle Carter, who tossed a complete game. In Game 2, junior outfielder Dalton Hadley homered in the fourth to give Troup a 3-0 lead. Jackson Oliver had an RBI single for the Tigers. Garrett McClurg earned the Game 2 win with a complete game.

Ringgold 4-2, Gainesville 3-12: Corey Kafka tossed a complete game with nine strikeouts for the visiting Tigers in Game 1. David Gonzalez also pitched a complete game, but in a losing effort. Gainesville rebounded in Game 2 as Stephen Mason launched a grand slam to start the onslaught.

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Class AA baseball roundup

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Appling County 11-12, Brantley County 1-6: Byron Buxton struck out 11 in five innings of work to get the win in Game 1. In Game 2, Buxton had a three-run triple and closed out the game in relief to clinch the Pirates’ first-ever trip to the state finals.

Lovett 0-7, Pierce County 8-5: Bears pitcher Will Lowman tossed a no-hitter, striking out eight to lead Pierce County to a Game 1 victory. In the second game, Lovett’s Sean Reagan was 2-for-2 with two runs and Robbie Blair’s two RBIs and two runs. Lovett held off a late rally to force a Game 3.

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Class A baseball roundup

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Charlton County 2-9, George Walton Academy 10-3: Kyle Leach pitched a complete game in the opener for the visiting Bulldogs. Hunter Rice and Ben Parr each had two RBIs for the Bulldogs. In Game 2, Scott Beasley got the win with a complete game.

Providence Christian 11, Savannah Christian 5: The Stars took Game 1 behind Austin Loyd’s four runs and Austin Golden’s four RBIs. Luke Henderson picked up the victory. Erik Davis hit a three-run home run for visiting Savannah Christian. Game 2 was postponed and will be played Tuesday at 1 p.m.

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FPD takes Class A girls title to Macon

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First Presbyterian 1, Fellowship Christian 0: First Presbyterian (21-1) scored on a 35-yard shot with 15 minutes before halftime to edge Fellowship Christian (20-2) 1-0 and will take the GHSA Class A title back to Macon.

Paladins goalkeeper Abigail Freemeyer was credited with nine saves but it was Viking center-defenseman Kim-Caitlin Alderman that beat her late in the first half to give the Vikings the only goal Claire Crawford needed. The junior goalkeeper made 10 saves to secure the shutout win.

Josh Trieste’s program is now 40-0 with two titles against GHSA competition in its two years in Georgia High School Association play.

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Spartans capture girls AA championship

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Greater Atlanta Christian 1, Blessed Trinity 0: The Spartans seized an early opportunity in the Class AA girls championship game and squeaked past Blessed Trinity  1-0. Freshman Danielle Marcano headed home a goal barely six minutes into the first half, and the Spartans defense held off the Titans attack to take a one-goal lead into halftime.

The host Titans would try to crack the Spartans’ defense repeatedly in the second half, but Troy Bendickson’s junior goalkeeper Elizabeth White turned away 10 shots to pick up the program’s first girls soccer title. White and the Spartans defense did not allow a single goal in five playoff games. The win was also a measure of revenge for GAC after Blessed Trinity knocked off the Spartans in last year’s Class AA finals 1-0.

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Bucs win first girls soccer title

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Allatoona 2, Columbus 1: Allatoona claimed the first girls Class AAA title in program history after scoring a pair of goals in the second half. Allatoona (20-2-1) and Columbus (18-5) were scoreless at intermission after Columbus goalkeeper Anna Scogin came up with three saves in the first half. Columbus missed several opportunities on free kicks and corner kicks to dent the scoreboard.

The Bucs gave the home crowd a charge of excitement when Willough Davis found the back of the netting with 31:35 remaining. Allatoona went up 2-0 when Kristy Wise notched a goal with 18:01 to play in regulation.

Madison See beat the Allatoona defense to draw Columbus to within 2-1 on a free kick. Allatoona ended the playoffs having outscored its opponents 25-3.

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Moseley goals lead Woodward past Gainesville

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Woodward Academy 2, Gainesville 0: Gainesville (19-2-1) welcomed Woodward Academy (18-3-1) to City Park for the Class AAA boys championship Saturday. The Red Elephants received several acrobatic saves by keeper Edgar Espinoza before sophomore Cameron Moseley, who netted a pair of goals in the semifinal round, notched a goal with less than 12 minutes to go before halftime, giving the War Eagles a 1-0 lead.

The second half would see both teams again playing a strategic chess game before the War Eagles iced with the game with another Moseley goal. Junior Nolan Hall assisted on the second goal. Gainesville’s last big push was turned away by Woodward Academy keeper Alex Robinson, who finished with seven saves.

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Wildcats edge Titans in penalty shootout

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Westminster 1, Blessed Trinity 1 (4-2 PKs): The Wildcats took a early 1-0 lead on a 40-yard blast by Drew Bennett. But the visiting Titans scored late in the second half to send it to overtime. After a scoreless overtime period, the game went to penalty kicks where Andrew Freschi won the game for the Wildcats with two key saves.

It is the second straight state title for Westminster and the program’s 10th title in boys soccer.

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Baseball: Semifinals in AAAAA are all-Gwinnett

High school baseball’s semifinals are a Gwinnett County-only event in Class AAAAA.

On Monday, Mill Creek plays at Parkview and Brookwood plays at Grayson, in best-of-three series that will decide which teams play for the state championship later this week.
It’s the first time that one county has claimed all four semifinal spots in Georgia baseball.

A fifth Gwinnett team, Providence Christian of Lilburn, remains in contention in Class A.

“As a Gwinnett County guy, playing my local ball here in the ‘90s, it’s outstanding to see it,’’ said Grayson head coach Seth Rhine, a graduate of Brookwood. “It’s surprising from a mathematical standpoint, but not from a talent and coaching standpoint.’’

While Gwinnett is a strong baseball county for years, Gwinnett state champions in the highest class are limited to Parkview (1996, 2001, 2002, 2011) and Brookwood (1986, 2008).

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Girls soccer: McIntosh wins AAAA title in PK shootout

McIntosh had fallen to cross-town rival twice previously in 2012.

When it came time for a state championship trophy to be handed out, the Lady Chiefs flipped the script.

After playing to a 1-1 tie through regulation and the standard two five-minute overtime periods, McIntosh (20-2-1) won 5-4 in the shootout for its second championship.

“It feels awesome,” said McIntosh goalkeeper Kaitlin Deitrick. “It was difficult coming in as the underdog, but then it kind of worked to our advantage.”

The loss spoiled host Whitewater’s bid for an unbeaten season and continued a four-year run of frustration for the Lady Wildcats (18-1-1), who lost by one goal or in penalty kicks in the state championship game for the fourth straight year.

“It’s difficult to stomach, because our girls outplayed them,” said Whitewater coach Randy Hayes. “They don’t decide basketball games with free throws … they keep playing until they finish it. But this is the way it’s done.”

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