September 15, 2013

Prep roundup: Lady Bruins continue to roll through tourneys

Rachel Brown

— Northwest Whitfield High School’s softball team won all five of its games this weekend at the Score Invitational at Warner Park in Chattanooga.

In Friday’s first game, the Lady Bruins (21-2) won 16-4 versus Prince Avenue Christian. Madison Gowin pitched three innings, allowed two runs struck out four, allowed three hits and walked one. Kayla Bearden pitched one inning, striking out one and allowing two runs off two hits.

At the plate, Bayli Cruse went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs. Ashley Conner had a two-run home run. Hannah Godfrey finished 2-for-2 with two RBIs. Bayley Marquardt was 2-for-3.

In Friday’s second game, Northwest won 12-2 against Calhoun. BriLeigh Baggett pitched all five innings, allowing one earned run off three hits and four walks while striking out three.

Offensively, Cruse hit a three-run homer. Macy Weeks went 2-for-4. Alyssa Ward was 3-for-3 with three runs scored. Godfrey also scored three times.

In Saturday’s first game, Northwest beat Woodland-Henry, 8-0. Gowin pitched a complete game, going five innings and allowing three hits.

At the plate, Conner went 2-for-3 with two doubles. Colby Thomas finished 2-for-4 with a double. Ward also had a 2-for-2 day.

In the second game, Northwest topped Union Grove, 7-1. Baggett pitched all seven innings, allowing one run off four hits and two walks while striking out eight.

On offense, Thomas finished 3-for-4 with a triple and three RBIs. Cruse went 2-for-4 with a double. Weeks added two doubles. Ward had another 3-for-3 game and scored three runs.

In the final game of the weekend, Northwest won 10-1 against Chattooga. Gowin pitched all five innings, allowing one run off six hits while striking out five.

At the plate, Thomas was 2-for-2 with two triples and three RBIs. Cruse went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Godfrey was 2-for-2. Mallory Souther was 2-for-3.

“We played some good teams,” Northwest coach Jason Brooker said. “Woodland is a Class 4A school. Early on in some games, we left some runners on base and didn’t get a big hit.

“I guess, but I really don’t understand why. I guess sometimes you have to see the pitcher one time. We made a lot of productive outs where we moved runners over.”

• Dalton went 1-4 through the tournament but beat Murray County 2-0 on Friday.

Alli Swinford had a double and two RBIs in her 4-for-4 day. Hailey Jones also went 4-for-4.

The Lady Cats (7-17) lost 7-6 to Lovett on Friday, and then fell 6-0 to Gordon Lee, 9-3 to Dade County and 16-2 to LaFayette on Saturday.

• Murray County (10-11) went 0-5 in the tournament.

In the Lady Indians’ second game Friday, they lost 11-5 to Prince Avenue. In Saturday’s first game, Murray County lost 12-0 to Gordon Lee. In the second game Saturday, the Lady Indians fell 11-1 to Darlington. In the final game, Murray County lost 5-4 to LaFayette.

Against Dalton, Shea Pendley finished 4-for-4 while Aubrey Osborne and Caitlyn Sims each went 2-for-4. Against Prince Avenue, Pendley and Osborne each had two hits.

• North Murray did not report its scores and statistics by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.

• Christian Heritage won two games that don’t affect Sub-region 6A-A standings.

The Lady Lions topped Whitefield Academy 5-4 in eight innings and then bested Mount Paran Christian 8-4.

In the win versus Whitefield Academy, Hannah Heath pitched all eight innings, allowing just one earned run off seven hits while striking out five. Julia McDonald went 3-for-4 with a run scored, Halle Poteet finished 2-for-5 with an RBI, Megan McKinney had a double and Erin Leonard had three hits, including a double in the eighth inning, and scored twice.

In the win versus Mount Paran, Leonard pitched a complete game with one earned run and eight strikeouts.

“Our pitching has come a long way, but we have to come together more defensively,” Lady Lions (7-12) coach Mike Leonard said. “We are starting five freshman, so we are getting there. We are just trying to build it and build it right. Those were some good wins for the girls.

McDonald finished 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored, Poteet had a double and two runs driven in, Ashlyn Clements went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and McKinney went 2-for-4 with an RBI.


• Southeast Whitfield won all five of its matches and won the gold division of the Coosa Invitational.

The Lady Raiders (13-6) beat Pepperell 25-22, 25-12 to begin pool play. They followed with a 25-15, 25-8 win against Model and a 25-9, 25-15 victory versus Calhoun. Southeast won its first single-elimination gold bracket match against Adairsville, 26-24, 25-14. The Lady Raiders beat Jefferson in the championship, 25-17, 25-23.

Melisa Fraire had 19 digs. Yasmeen Paloblanco added 38 digs. Angie Purkey tallied 52 assists and 20 digs. Wendy Perez finished with 38 kills, 28 digs and 11 aces. Gaby Gonzalez had 10 aces. Rana Mashburn contributed 16 digs. Yolanda Melgarejo finished with 14 kills.

“This is probably the first time where for multiple games in a row we played together as a team,” Southeast coach Bethany Kenemer said. “We never dropped off today, so we’re really starting to come together and play as a team.”

• Christian Heritage, Coahulla Creek and Northwest competed in the Heritage-Catoosa tournament.

The Lady Colts lost 24-26, 26-24, 15-11 to Ridgeland, fell 25-27, 25-15 to Heritage and beat Christian Heritage 25-23, 25-15 to round out pool play.

Theylost 25-11, 25-15 to Gilmer in the single-elimination bracket play.

Erin Orem had 12 kills, six digs and five aces for Coahulla Creek (7-16). Macey Fossett had 24 assists and nine kills. Taylor Ogle finished with six kills and six assists.

The Lady Lions (14-8) finished 1-4 for the tournament. They lost 25-11, 27-25 to Heritage and 25-21, 25-22 to Ridgeland. In the bracket stage, Christian Heritage beat Boyd Buchanan 25-22, 25-19 but then lost to LaFayette, 25-20, 25-23.

Despite losing four of five, assistant coach Lisa Donahue said her team “played better than we have played the entire year.”

Savannah Roberson had 45 kills, while Jessica Seehorn tallied 67 assists. Brenna Mugge had 34 digs.

Northwest Whitfield did not reports its scores and statistics by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.

• Dalton (2-17) lost four matches in the Darlington tournament.

The Lady Cats fell 25-21, 26-24 to Greater Atlanta Christian, 25-21, 25-18 to Houston County, 16-25, 25-18, 15-11 to Mount Pisgah Christian and 25-18, 25-21 to Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe.

Cross country

• Dalton’s boys and girls teams competed at the Warpath Invitational at Cherokee High.

The boys squad finished 29th of 30 teams competing in the 5K race.

“There was some high-powered competition there,” Dalton coach Karen Gaylon said.

Brandon Pineda finished in 18 minutes, 17 seconds and 108th place to lead the Catamounts, who also received scoring rounds from Sergio Aguirre (151st, 18:57), Jose Boyzo (161st, 19:07), Saul Izaguirre (165th, 19:14) and Eric Villalovos (169th, 19:28).

The girls squad finished 25th out of 26 teams in the 5K race. Ashley Parham finished 127th in 23:36 for the Lady Catamounts, who also received scoring runs from Beronica Hernandez (128th, 23:40), Fabiola Torres (155th, 24:28), Salma Soliman (162nd, 24:47) and Liz Cloud (163rd, 24:49).