From Staff Reports
Coahulla Creek High School senior softball pitcher Erin Harden hasn’t been perfect, but she’s been pretty close.
And there’s no doubt she’s been overpowering.
For the second time in as many days, Harden turned in a shutdown performance for the Lady Colts, striking out 13 batters in seven innings of work during a 3-1 win over visiting Sonoraville on Tuesday night.
Combined with the four innings she pitched in getting the win in relief against Dalton on Monday, Harden had 24 strikeouts in 11 innings of work for the Lady Colts (7-3, 2-1 Region 5-3A). Against Sonoraville, she helped her cause with a 2-for-3 day at the plate.
The run she allowed was unearned.
“She is really on it right now,” Lady Colts coach Josh Swiney said. “Her riseball is really making hitters look bad right now. Overall, this is a fun group to coach, and they are really focused on their effort.”
Sydney Ross, Baylee Adkins and Kala Franks each had a hit and drove in a run.
n Heritage-Catoosa 7, Southeast Whitfield 1: Emily Beck had the lone RBI for the Lady Raiders (3-7), who tallied just five hits as they dropped their Sub-region 7B-4A opener on the road.
• Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe 9, North Murray 1: In a game shortened to six innings via the Georgia High School Association’s mercy rule, Megan Pittman and Kara Deal each finished 2-for-3 for the host Lady Mountaineers (1-7, 0-2 Region 5-3A).
Samantha Stafford had North Murray’s lone RBI, driving in Baylee Sutton.
• Mount Zion-Carroll 11, Christian Heritage 1: Halle Poteet finished 2-for-3 with a double and scored the lone run for host Christian Heritage (5-8, 0-1 Sub-region 6A-A) in a game shortened to five innings via the mercy rule.
• Coahulla Creek captured its first win of the season during an Area 4-3A tri-match at Cartersville. The Lady Colts (1-10, 1-1 4-3A) beat the host Lady Hurricanes 25-12, 25-18 before losing to Adairsville 25-20, 25-15.
Macey Fossett led Coahulla Creek with 15 assists and two kills. Nikki Ross and Gabrielle Henderson each had four kills.
“We did all of the things right in that (Cartersville) match,” Lady Colts coach Julie Norton said.
• Christian Heritage hosted Heritage-Catoosa in a best-of-five match and rallied to win 19-25, 23-25, 25-22, 25-20, 15-12.
Savannah Roberson had 15 kills, while Jessica Seehorn added 26 assists and 12 kills to lead the Lady Lions (7-1). Brenna Mugge led the team with 15 digs, while other top contributors were Molly Porter (eight kills), Mariah Cox (five aces) and Cassia Mugge (four aces).
“In the first four games, each team had a significant lead and lost the lead but came back and won,” Christian Heritage assistant coach Lisa Donahue said. “Ball control was big, especially in the third game. We were down in the fifth game 7-3 and we had to tighten up and play better.”
• Southeast swept visiting Gordon Lee in a best-of-five matchup, with the Lady Raiders winning 25-14, 26-24, 25-19 in the non-league matchup.
Wendy Perez led the Lady Raiders (5-3) with 14 kills and 15 digs, while Angie Purkey had 21 assists and nine digs. Other top contributors were Yasmeen Paloblanco (15 digs); Yolando Melgarejo (eight kills, two blocks); and Melisa Fraire (seven digs). Also, with the third game tied at 19-all, Rana Mashburn served six straight points to clinch the game and match.
• Dalton split a tri-match in Chatsworth, losing 25-20, 25-15 to Ridgeland but topping host Murray County 25-11, 25-15.
Macie Noles finished the night with 18 digs the Lady Catamounts (2-10), while Alejandra Fraire had 13 kills and Ashleigh Peters added 11. Lyndsey Parker tallied 40 assists.
Murray County also lost 25-22, 25-16 to Ridgeland.
Keona Brinkman and Chassidy Dixon led the Lady Indians (2-12) with five kills each, while Brinkman also had three blocks. Alex Johnson led the team with 25 assists, while Heidy Cabral finished with 16 assists. Tiffany Markey had nine digs and Mikayla Garrett added five.
• North Murray did not report results from Tuesday’s match at Fannin County by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.
• Northwest’s boys finished second overall behind Baylor at the opening meet of the Chattanooga Cross Country League season.
Hinson Gibbs led the Bruins with a 13th-place finish in a time of 18 minutes, 41 seconds on the 5K (3.1-mile) course at Chickamauga Dam. Other leading runners for Northwest were Dylan Richards (24th, 19:21), Lane Bramblett (28th, 19:41) and Luke Stephens (33rd, 19:56).
Jen Riviera (48th, 26:03) was the top finisher for the Lady Bruins, who took ninth out of 26 schools. Other top runners were Samantha Wooten (55th, 26:33), Ashley Sweeney (62nd, 26:57), Caroline Duffey (63rd, 27:01) and Tilea West (69th, 27:13).