North Murray High School Mountaineers

April 26, 2013

Area prep roundup: Bruins rally, say 'Let's play three'

TUNNEL HILL — Hits were at a premium Thursday night in the opening doubleheader of the Region 7-4A baseball championship series.

But Northwest Whitfield High School third baseman Edwin Hernandez got the one that mattered the most for the Bruins.

Hernandez’s two-run triple in the top of the 10th inning in the second game gave Northwest (20-5) a 4-2 win over the Cass Colonels to bring a close to a marathon night of quality pitching from both teams and controversial calls with the promise of another day to come.

Cass (16-9), the Sub-region 7A-4A champion, won the opening game in the best-of-three series 4-1 behind a 14-strikeout performance by LSU signee Dylan Williams, while Andy Whisenant scattered eight hits and had nine strikeouts in going the distance for the Bruins in the nightcap.

The two teams will play at 5:30 p.m. today at Richard S. Chumley Field in the deciding game.

The doubleheader opened with a 5:30 p.m. first pitch but didn’t end until nearly 5 1/2 hours later. Even though pitching dominated the night, there was plenty of action and questioning of calls by coaches from both teams.

Hernandez wouldn’t have even had his chance in the top of the 10th had it not been for a controversial call.

Whisenant led off the inning by getting plunked by Cass pitcher Brandon Etheridge, and after the Colonels recorded a pair of outs, Diego Peralta looped a single to right. Whisenant slid into third as the ball got to Cass’ Hunter Souther and Cass players ran off the field as the trailing umpire called Whisenant out — however, the home plate umpire ruled him safe.

After several minutes of discussion, Whisenant was ruled safe and brought Hernandez to the plate.

He hit a towering shot to left that fell at the base of the fence, and Whisenant and Peralta both scored.

In the bottom of the inning, Etheridge was the first batter for the Colonels and was immediately ejected by the home plate umpire. After giving up a hit to Etheridge’s pinch hitter, Whisenant retired the side to force today’s deciding game.

After dropping the opener, Northwest struck quickly in the nightcap. Hernandez drove in Brandon Smith with an RBI double in the first inning, then the Bruins added another in the third as Whisenant singled to left, stole second and came home on a pair of wild pitches.

Cass scored in the bottom of the third and tied the game in the fifth, and neither team could push across a run until Hernandez’s heroics in the 10th.

• Results from Dalton’s Region 7-4A playoffs series at River Ridge, which River Ridge led 1-0 after winning the first game on Wednesday, were not reported by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.

Sonoraville 7, North Murray 4: The Mountaineers dropped their final regular season game, falling on the road, and it was a costly one.

“If we would have won, we would have been the fourth seed and going to state,” said North Murray coach Steve Granger, whose team instead finished 10-13 overall and 6-8 in Region 7-2A play.

Sonoraville struck for five runs in the first inning — all were scored with two outs but just one was earned — and didn’t score again until the sixth. North Murray had taken a 1-0 lead before the Phoenix made their first trip to the plate, and the Mountaineers had a too-little, too-late three-run rally in the seventh.

“We just dug ourselves too big of a hole for the rally to fix,” Granger said.

No North Murray player collected more than one hit, but Brandon Brock and Cole Vaughn each had a double, with Vaughn also driving in a run.

On the mound, Jared Goswick started and went 2 2/3 innings — he allowed six runs (one earned) on as many hits while striking out three and walking one — before giving way to Aaron Granger, who allowed an unearned run, but no hits or walks while striking out three.

The Mountaineers lose seniors Brock, Goswick, Jared Campbell and Ethan Lents, but coach Granger saw progress this season and hopes the experience gained will pay off in other big games in the future.

“I definitely think we’re heading in the right direction,” he said.

Coahulla Creek 7, Adairsville 3: The Colts closed their season with a Region 5-3A victory at home, making up a game that was rained out this past Friday.

Braiden Jacobs went 3-for-4 with a double and a run to lead the offensive charge for the Colts (9-14, 6-8), who scored five runs in the first and added one each in the third and fourth, while Scout Plott was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run. Blake Phillips, who collected a hit and drove in a run, also picked up the win on the mound.

Phillips allowed two runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out three. Tucker Sheram worked the final two innings, allowing one unearned run on one hit. All of Adairsville’s runs — one each in the first, third and fourth innings — were unearned.

The Colts missed the state playoffs one year after qualifying for the Class 2A bracket in their inaugural season, but coach Michael Bolen saw growth despite not making it to the postseason.

“We gained some valuable experience this year for next year,” he said. “We were younger and a lot more inexperienced this year than last year, believe it or not. And you can practice and do all those situation things you need to do, but the bottom line is you can’t coach experience. They just have to play and gain it that way, and we were able to gain that. A lot of things they had to learn the hard way.”

Bolen said the Colts lost four seniors last season, but that included his entire starting outfield and an infielder. Most of those players were replaced by sophomores with no varsity experience, and that may have showed up in the Colts’ close losses.

“We lost five or six games in the seventh inning or later,” Bolen said.

The Colts also lose four seniors this season. They’ll have to replace Phillips, Plott, Sheram and Cody Wood.

Coosa 12, Murray County 2: Nick Stiles collected a pair of hits and drove in a run for the Indians (0-17, 0-14 Region 7-2A), who closed out their season with the road loss, which was shortened to five innings by the run rule.

Text Only
North Murray High School Mountaineers
  • DHS at SE soccer 7 mlh.jpg Prep Roundup: Unbeaten streak rolls on for Cats

    Replicating the start of last year’s Class 4A state title match, Dalton High School’s boys soccer team needed just four minutes to score its first goal at Southeast Whitfield on Friday.
    The Catamounts scored five more — and again defended their crown of dominance in the sport.

    April 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • Prep Baseball Roundup: Raiders out of hunt for the playoffs

    Needing a win to keep Southeast Whitfield High School’s baseball season meaningful, Raiders coach Brad Lofton turned to a pair of senior pitchers on Friday at Heritage-Catoosa.
    The seniors didn’t disappoint, but it was the offense and the defense that couldn’t come through.

    April 12, 2014

  • Prep Roundup: Bruins power past Cats for key victory at home

    TUNNEL HILL — Similar to Wednesday’s Sub-region 7B-4A baseball series opener at Dalton High School, Northwest Whitfield fell behind early Thursday versus the Catamounts.

    April 11, 2014

  • Prep Roundup: Dalton golf teams in form at Fields Ferry

    Even in wet and muddy conditions, both the Dalton High School boys and girls golf teams are sharpening their games at the right time.
    With the Region 7-4A tournament scheduled in two weeks, both the Catamounts and the Lady Cats finished second during play at the Fields Ferry Invitational in Calhoun on Monday. Despite the soggy conditions, Dalton’s Jacob Brown tied for medalist honors with a 2-over par 74 to lead the Cats to a 313 combined score in the six-play, four-score format. Dalton finished three strokes behind tournament winner LaFayette.

    April 8, 2014

  • Wrestler of the year 2014 2 mlh.jpg All-Area Wrestling Team and Wrestler of the Year: Winning another title was the only goal for Wheeler

    When Dalton High School wrestler Sidney Wheeler won a state title for the first time two years ago as a sophomore, he admitted he became a little complacent about what it would take to replicate the feat — perhaps not noticeably so to most observers, but enough to take success for granted. Wheeler believed it a matter of course that he would win state again, and he thought the second title would simply be the middle child in a high school three-peat.

    April 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • Prep Roundup: N. Murray’s offense shut down by Canes

    North Murray High School’s baseball team may not be among the group tied for first place in Region 5-3A, but the Mountain-eers are sitting fairly comfortably in fourth place.
    If the regular season ended today, that would still put North Murray in the state playoffs for the first time.

    April 4, 2014

  • Prep softball: N. Murray’s Silvers heads to Covenant

    In just about every part of the recruiting process, Covenant College did a little extra to show its interest in Sarah Silvers.
    It spoke volumes to the North Murray High School softball player.

    April 1, 2014

  • Prep soccer: Morris boys earn Class 2A ranking

    It’s nothing new for a local high school boys soccer team to be among those in the eurosportscoreboard.com state rankings.
    It is new for that team to be Morris Innovative.

    March 18, 2014

  • Prep roundup: SE offense keeps foot on throttle

    As long as Southeast Whitfield High School’s baseball team continues to hit the ball and score runs the way it has so far this season, it really won’t matter what the defense does.
    Coach Brad Lofton still likes how the Raiders’ fielding is improving.

    March 11, 2014

  • NM at DHS baseball   1  mlh.jpg Prep Roundup: A little bit of momentum

    Neither Dalton High School baseball coach Shane Ramsey nor North Murray coach David Redmond has had much reason to complain about their offensive production this season.
    Defense is another matter.

    March 7, 2014 1 Photo

AP Video