Murray County

March 23, 2013

Prep roundup: Big win for Bruins soccer against Raiders



Dalton 15, Southeast 11: Grant Sane homered for the second night in a row as the host Cats (4-6, 3-0 Sub-region 7B-4A) beat the Raiders for the third time this week.

Jake Roberts picked up the win on the mound and added a solo homer for Dalton — Sane’s was a two-run shot — while Caleb Hill was 3-for-5 with two RBIs, Charlie Martin was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, Brandon Dale was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Tyler Britton had a sac fly.

Roberts worked three innings in relief, allowing four runs (none earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out three. Blake Evans recorded two outs to seal the win as Dalton overcame five errors in the game and a 10-3 deficit at one point.

“I liked the fight they had tonight,” Cats coach Shane Ramsey said. “We pieced it together, and the kids who came in and pitched did well. I’m extremely proud of Jake Roberts and Blake Evans. We’re starting to expect to win. We talk about it all the time, but we’re starting to expect to win.”

Southeast led 10-3 after picking up six runs in the fourth, which included a grand slam by Blake Foster, but Dalton responded with seven runs in the bottom half of the inning. The Cats took the lead with a two-run fifth and never trailed again, following up a 10-0 win against Southeast on Tuesday and a 20-2 victory on Thursday.

Foster finished 2-for-4 with five RBIs for the Raiders (3-8, 0-3), while Colter Faith was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Abram Stanley was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Jose Vargas added two hits and two RBIs, Cody Manly had two hits and drove in a run, Austin Pratt and Pedro Vargas each had a hit and an RBI and Devin Gentry went 2-for-3.

Northwest 3, Ridgeland 0: Solid pitching and small ball helped the Bruins (8-3, 3-0 Sub-region 7B-4A) beat the Panthers for the third time this week.

Andy Whisenant earned the win in Tunnel Hill, allowing two hits and four walks while striking out eight in 5 2/3 innings. Seth Pierce — who pitched during Northwest’s 12-0 win at home on Tuesday — handled the final 1 1/3 innings, striking out one as he earned the save.

In the second inning, Pierce walked, stole second, moved to third on a balk and scored on Wade Terrell’s single. Wade then stole second and came home on a double by Kyle Brock. In the fifth, Brandon Smith singled, went to third on Brady Middleton’s single, then scored on Diego Peralta’s sac fly.

Northwest also beat Ridgeland 7-2 Thursday in Rossville.

“Pitching has definitely carried us,” Northwest coach Todd Middleton said. “The guy they threw today pitched the best of the three starters they threw at us. He didn’t walk as many, so we had to manufacture some runs.”

A.J. Orozco also had a double for the Bruins, who finished with six hits.

“We’ve had a lot of people contributing,” coach Middleton said. “We’ve got hits all up and down the lineup, people with RBIs all up and down the lineup.”

North Murray 5, Ringgold 1: Cole Vaughn went 4-for-4, while Jared Goswick picked up a complete-game win and contributed an RBI double as the Mountaineers (4-7, 1-1 Region 5-3A) earned the road victory.

Boosted by solid support at the plate — North Murray scored one run in the first, fourth and seventh innings, plus two in the sixth — Goswick allowed four hits, walked three and struck out six. Ringgold picked up an unearned run in the sixth.

“He’s had a little longevity and gone deep into some ballgames for us and given us the opportunity to win this season,” North Murray coach Steve Granger said. “You know you’re going to get some innings out of him.”

Jared Campbell went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI to help North Murray top the Tigers.

 “Hopefully this is a momentum shift for us and we can build upon it and good things will come,” Granger said.

Cartersville 9, Coahulla Creek 0: Two Purple Hurricanes pitchers combined for a no-hitter against the host Colts, who fell to 3-8 overall and 0-2 in Region 5-3A.

Braiden Jacobs started for Coahulla Creek, allowing six runs (four earned) on 12 hits while striking out two and walking none in five innings. Tucker Sheram pitched the final two innings, allowing one earned run on four hits and a walk.

Cartersville scored two runs in the first, one in the third and three in both the fourth and sixth.

Northwest JV 5 Ridgeland 5: In a late result from Thursday in Rossville, Logan Hilton had a strong outing in relief — he struck out 12 and walked two in 4 2/3 innings on the mound — as the Bruins and Panthers finished tied.

Northwest’s Walker Maret went 2-for-3, Caleb Shiflett added a two-run single and Ty Pendley had a double.

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