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April 24, 2013

Prep roundup: North Murray boys soccer is No. 1 in Region 5-3A

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Baseball

Darlington 8, Christian Heritage 4: The Lions’ hopes of making the Class A private school state playoffs took a hit with just one game left in the regular season.

Christian Heritage will play Sub-region B’s No. 3 seed in a Region 6 crossover game on Friday but whether or not the Lions make the state playoffs is determined by their Georgia High School Association power rating. The top 16 teams in each power rating poll — one for public and another for private — make their respective brackets.

Christian Heritage (12-10, 9-7 Sub-region 6A-A) was 11th in the newest poll, which came out Tuesday.

In the loss to Darlington, Tre Mason was the only Christian Heritage player with multiple hits, going 2-for-3. Jake Stokes had a two-out single in the first inning to drive in a run, while Nich Bartley had the team’s other RBI.

Brady Souther took the loss on the mound, giving up four earned runs in four innings of work.

Ringgold 10, Coahulla Creek 0: In a must-win situation for any chance at a playoff spot, the Colts committed four errors and had just two hits in the Region 5-3A road loss, which was shortened to five innings by the run rule.

The Tigers scored three runs in the first and didn’t slow down with four in the second and three in the third. Meanwhile, Georgia State signee Austin Parrish held the Colts scoreless in getting the run-rule, complete-game win on the mound.

The loss eliminates Coahulla Creek (8-14, 5-8) from contention for the state playoffs. The Colts earned a spot in the Class 3A bracket in 2012, their first season.

“It was a game we had to win,” coach Michael Bolen said. “It we had won our last two games, we would have had a chance even though we probably would have needed a little help. Now, that keeps us out.”

The Colts end the season at home Thursday against Adairsville in a rescheduled contest from last week.

Cartersville 14, North Murray 1: Lake Burris had a double and scored the lone run for the Mountaineers (9-12, 6-7 Region 5-3A) on a passed ball. The game was shortened to five innings by the run rule.

Jared Campbell pitched 2/3 of an inning for the Mountaineers, allowing six hits and nine runs, with just one earned.

Alex Viars pitched three innings, allowing three hits and four runs, with three earned.

North Murray plays at Sonoraville at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Coach Steve Granger said if his Mountaineers win, they will clinch at least fourth place and will earn a spot in the Class 3A state playoffs.

• Southeast Whitfield’s Region 7-4A crossover doubleheader did not finish by The Daily Citizen’s deadline. Murray County did not report results from its scheduled game against Armuchee by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.

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