March 6, 2014

Area prep roundup: Chastain's homer lifts Cats over Mountaineers

On a night when both teams had solid pitching and defense, Dalton High School’s Jase Chastain put his team over the top at the plate.

Chastain’s two-run home run with two outs in the fourth proved the difference in a 2-1 non-region win at North Murray.

No single Dalton (3-2) player had more than one hit, including Chastain, but his was long and timely. Also scoring on the homer was Cole Shelton, who walked and stole second base that inning. Shelton also had one of the Cats’ four hits.

Dalton had just one error to back a strong outing by Jackson Bell, who allowed five hits — including a solo home run by North Murray’s Aaron Granger to lead off the bottom of the sixth — and walked none while striking out six in as many innings on the mound.

Kaleb Hill worked the seventh to earn the save.

“I like the fact we were able to finish a tight game,” Dalton coach Shane Ramsey said. “We need these games to see where we’re at, because we’ll need it later in the year. We’re learning to win.”

Granger pitched a complete game for North Murray (2-4), walking one and striking out nine.

The Mountaineers had runners on first and second with one out in the seventh but couldn’t capitalize, coach David Redmond said.

“Quality pitching is still how we feel we’re going to (win games), and we got it tonight,” Redmond said. “We’ve just got to get the bats swinging behind that quality pitching.”

The teams play again today at 5:30 p.m. at Dalton.

Trion 4, Christian Heritage 1: Chandler Coley was 3-for-3 to lead the Lions at the plate as they dropped their Region 6-A opener on the road.

Chase Tidwell added a 2-for-4 effort for Christian Heritage (3-3). Spencer Robbins took the loss, allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits and four walks while striking out eight in 5 2/3 innings pitched.

“We had nine hits, but we couldn’t put anything together,” Lions coach Noah Stokes said. “We outhit them. It was a very frustrating loss for us. We just played uninspired, and it’s totally my fault. We’re going to see if we can right the ship the next game.”

Christian Heritage hosts Mount Zion-Carroll in another region matchup at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

• Northwest Whitfield’s junior varsity team swept a home doubleheader with Dalton, winning the first game 7-1 and the second game 5-2.

In the opener, the Bruins (3-1) got a complete-game effort from pitcher Devan Wellborn, who also doubled twice and drove in a run.

Seth Hutchinson added a two-run triple, Michael Pipkin had a two-run single and Grant Middleton contributed an RBI single.

In the second game, Spencer Crider picked up the win with a complete-game performance on the mound, while Grant Terrell drove in three runs and David Thomas added a two-run single.

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