March 2, 2013

Prep roundup: Seth Pierce's groove frustrates Colts in Chattanooga

From Staff Reports

— In the first and last innings Friday night against Coahulla Creek High School, North-west Whitfield’s Seth Pierce gave up two runs.

In the five innings in between, the Bruins’ ace didn’t even allow a baserunner.

The Bruins won 9-3 Friday night against the Colts at AT&T Park, the Chattanooga Lookouts’ home field.

Blake Phillips’ RBI single and Braiden Jacobs’ RBI fielder’s choice gave Coahulla Creek (1-2) a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. The Colts did not put another runner on base until Justin Cole walked in the seventh.

“I think he just wasn’t loose in the first inning and it took the first to get there,” said Northwest coach Todd Middleton, whose team improved to 1-1. “After that he was in command.”

Pierce allowed two earned runs off three hits and two walks. The Daily Citizen’s All-Area Baseball Player of the Year last season as a freshman, Pierce struck out 11 in the complete-game performance.

“Once he got in a groove, we didn’t respond very well,” Colts coach Michael Bolen said.

In the Bruins’ half of the first, Brandon Smith singled, Brady Middleton singled on a hit-and-run play and Diego Peralta’s two-run double tied the game. Northwest scored once in the second, twice in the third, once in the fourth and three times in the sixth.

Smith went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, Orozco went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and Peralta went 2-for-4. Pierce and Kyle Brock each had one RBI.

Northwest had 12 hits, three more than in its 6-3 loss Monday at Christian Heritage.

“These hits were a little more timely,” Middleton said. “We got hits with runners in scoring position.”

For Coahulla Creek, Jacobs pitched three innings, allowing five earned runs off nine hits and two walks with one strikeout.

Phillips pitched three innings, allowing two earned runs off four hits and one walk with two strikeouts.

“Northwest hit the ball well,” Bolen said. “We made three fielding errors that led to runs. We had a couple mental mistakes that probably were bigger than the fielder errors.”

• Southeast Whitfield swept Gordon Central in a doubleheader hosted by the Raiders, winning 14-4 and 10-4.

In the first game, Zach Ramsey pitched three innings for the Raiders (2-3), allowing two runs off three hits, walking three and striking out three. Devin Gentry pitched two innings, allowed two runs and struck out four.

In the second game, Pedro Vargas pitched five innings, allowed one earned run off two hits and struck out one. Abram Stanley pitched one inning, striking out one. Blake Foster pitched the last inning, allowing two runs off one hit. He struck out the side.

At the plate for the night, Stanley had two RBIs, Austin Purkey had a two-run single and Foster finished 4-for-8 with a double. Jose Vargas was 4-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs, Austin Pratt was 4-for-8 with three RBIs and a double and Colter Faith was 5-for-6 with two RBIs and two doubles. Pedro Vargas had three RBIs and Gentry and Cody Manly each added two.

“We played well in the first three games of the season,” Raiders coach Brad Lofton said. “We just couldn’t get the timely hits when we needed them. ... We had some guys break out of slumps and we hit the ball well. Pitchers threw well. Defense played well. It was one of those nights where we clicked on all cylinders.”

• Dalton’s game at Coahulla Creek, originally scheduled for today, has been postponed because of the threat of inclement weather. The game has been rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. on March 15.


Northwest boys 9, LaFayette 0: David Perez had three goals and three assists for the Bruins (3-0, 2-0 Sub-region 7B-4A).

Giovanni Aguero had two goals and one assist, Cielo Nunez scored twice, Bryan Villa added a goal and an assist and David Paz had one goal. The Bruins led 5-0 at halftime.

“I was really proud of how our defense played as a unit,” Northwest coach Ryan Scoggins said. “In our scrimmage (against North Murray) and first two matches (against Coahulla Creek and Ridgeland), we didn’t have the cohesiveness in our back line. With our passing, we’ve really tried building the attack and moving the ball and we did a really good job with that.”

Miguel Deanda recorded the shutout in goal. Northwest took 32 shots to LaFayette’s one.

Northwest girls 5, LaFayette 0: The Lady Bruins improved to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in sub-region play. No further details from the match were reported by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.

Cartersville boys 1, Coahulla Creek 0: The Purple Hurricanes scored early in the second half and the Colts (2-2, 2-1 Region 5-3A) could not produce a tying goal.

Coahulla Creek outshot Cartersville 17-13. Missa Fraire had 13 saves for the Colts.

“We took the right shots,” Coahulla Creek coach Eric Parker said. “We took some chances. Pedro (Garcia) had some good chances in the box, one that probably should’ve been a penalty kick but was a no call.”

Cartersville girls 5, Coahulla Creek 0: The Lady Colts (0-4, 0-3 Region 5-3A) trailed 3-0 at halftime.

Regina Pacheco had five shots on goal for Coahulla Creek. Melissa Cabrera had 20 saves.

“I think that’s 92 saves in four games,” Parker said. “She may set a (Georgia High School Association) record for the most saves.”

North Murray boys 9, Adairsville 0: Ismael Cruz scored four goals in the Mountaineers’ win.

Raul Rodriguez, Freddie Urbina, Humberto Orozco, Jacob Dotson and Arturo Garcia each added one goal for North Murray (2-1, 2-0 Region 5-3A). Urbina, Orozco, Alexis Sorlorzano and Antonio Maldonado each had one assist.

“There was a lot of good passing, a lot of good possession,” Mountaineers coach Matt Chambers said. “It seemed like everyone shook their rust off and got into rhythm. Now it seems like we’re ready to face Coahulla Creek on Tuesday, which will be a good challenging game.”

North Murray goalie Manuel Gonzalez made two saves.

Southeast Whitfield boys 10, Ridgeland 0: The Raiders started their season with a mercy-rule Sub-region 7B-4A win.

Seven players scored for Southeast. Alex Rosillo and Victor Garcia each scored two goals, while Jorge Hurtado, Erik Salaises, Byron Miranda, Josue Quintero, Israel Huitierez and David Gonzalez each scored once.

Rosillo and Marcus Arrendondo each had two assists. Hurtado, Salaises, Garcia, Miguel Hernandez and Ronaldo Sandate each had one assist.

Southeast led 7-0 at halftime. The Raiders’ usual goalkeeper, Abel Mendiola, only played five minutes. Crus Ruiz, a freshman, played the rest of the game.

“They had some starters out,” Raiders coach Kevin Kettenring said, “but we did as well with Abel out. We shuffled some things around with freshmen. We felt we played the players who had been practicing and deserved to play.”

Southeast girls 2, Ridgeland 0: Alejandra Lerma notched both goals — one in each half — as the Lady Raiders opened their season with a Sub-region 7B-4A victory at home.

Samantha Gravitt and Diana Sandate each had an assist, while Maria Canales made two saves while recording the shutout in goal. The Lady Raiders took 13 shots on goal to the Lady Panthers’ four.

Dalton boys 10 Cass 0: Ramiro Huitanda scored five times to lead the Catamounts (4-0) to a mercy-rule win.

Alan Pantaleon scored twice. Ryan Czyz, Javier Rodriguez and Luis Vecerra each scored once. Jose Plaza and Jose Gardea each had three assists. Eder Mora, Pantaleon, Andres Barragan and Rodriguez each had an assist.

Dalton led 9-0 at halftime and the game ended at the 48-minute mark.

“It was good to finish the goals and see a little killer instinct out there,” Cats coach Matt Cheaves said.

Raymundo Bahena was Dalton’s goalie for the first 40 minutes. Chris Monroig finished the game. Dalton outshot Cass 22-1.

Dalton girls 2, Cass 0: Deanna Marquez scored one goal and set up another, while Alex Brumbelow made five saves to record the shutout in goal as the Lady Cats (2-2) won a Region 7-4A crossover matchup at Harmon Field.

Marquez gave her team a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute, then assisted on a 46th-minute score by Ale Salaices. Dalton had 30 shots on goal to five for Cass, so Lady Cats coach Tony Carlson is hoping for better efficiency soon.

“We’ve got to work on being on target,” he said. “We had a lot of shanks, if you want to call them that.”

He was pleased with the “wonderful defensive effort” despite having to go to his bench because of injuries during the game, though, and also singled out the play of Salaices and Rocio Carrizales in midfield.

“They did a nice job tonight,” he said.

Adairsville girls 7, North Murray 0: The host Lady Mountaineers trailed 2-0 at halftime, but the Lady Tigers picked up the pace to turn on the rout in the second half.

Amber Bandy made 10 saves in goal for North Murray (0-2, 0-2 Region 5-3A), which took 10 shots on goal — five of them by Veronica Miranda. The Lady Mountaineers lost 7-0 for the second straight game, but coach Justin Frazier said he saw improvements during the first half for his “young team.”


Dalton boys 5, Ridgeland 0: The Cats (2-0, 1-0 Sub-region 7B-4A) picked up the road win behind singles victories from No. 1 Jacob Johnson, 6-0, 6-1, No. 2 Nathan Bryant, 6-0, 6-0 and No. 3 B.J. Rowland 6-0, 6-0. Ridgeland forfeited both doubles matches.

Dalton girls 5, Ridgeland 0: The Lady Cats (2-0, 1-0) also swept on the road, getting singles wins from No. 1 Courtney Morton, 6-1, 6-1, No. 2 Kara Pendley, 6-0, 6-1 and No. 3 Anna Grace Wilson, 6-0, 6-0.  Ridgeland forfeited both doubles matches.

Coahulla Creek boys 3, Adairsville 2: The Colts (5-0, 5-0 Region 5-3A) got singles wins from No. 2 Jake Mathis 6-0, 6-4 and No. 3 Alex Jarjoura won 4-6, 6-6 (7-4), 6-3, plus a doubles win from No. 1 Austin Turner and Donovan Newby won 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (10-4).

Adairsville girls 4, Coahulla Creek 1: No. 1 singles Erin Orem won 6-2, 6-0 for the Lady Colts (2-3, 2-3).

• Dalton’s junior varsity tennis teams went 8-0 in matches at the Cass Invitational, with split squads winning twice each in boys and girls competition.

For the boys: Dalton beat Cass 3-0 with wins from 1 Robert Enck, 8-3 in pro-set play, No. 2 Werner Braun, 8-5, and No. 1 Jake Myers and Riley Gunn, 8-4. Dalton beat Woodland-Bartow 3-0 with wins from No. 1 Patrick Hayes, 8-2, No. 2 Peter Sigmon, 8-1 and No. 1 Evan Pope and Nolan Gazaway, 8-1. Dalton beat Woodland 3-0 with wins from No. 1 Enck, 8-1, No. 2 Braun, 8-2 and No. 3 Myers and Gunn, 8-0. Dalton beat Cass 2-1 with wins from No. 2 Sigmon, 8-2, No. 1 Pope and Gazaway, 8-5.

For the girls: Dalton beat Cass 2-1 with wins from No. 1 Sydney Tankersley 8-6 and No. 1 Morgan Coker and Katherine Clifford, 8-4. Dalton beat River Ridge 3-0 with wins from No. 1 Mackenzie Creswell, 8-3, No. 2 Shelby Fromm, 8-0 and No. 1 Macy Burgess and Bianca Salaises, 8-6. Dalton beat River Ridge 3-0 with wins from No. 1 Tankersley, 8-4, No. 2 Clifford, 8-0 and No. 1 Dana Crane and Coker, 8-1. Dalton beat Cass 2-1 with wins from No. 1 Creswell, 8-3 and No. 2 Fromm, 8-6. The Lady Cats were forced to injury default during the doubles match.