March 29, 2014

Area prep roundup: Mountaineers moving up in region baseball standings

Three up, three down.

North Murray High School’s baseball team completed a 3-0 week against Region 5-3A competition by rallying to beat Gordon Central 5-2 on Friday in Chatsworth.

The Mountaineers (8-9, 4-1 Region 5-3A) trailed 2-0 entering the fifth, when they tied it, and Brody Frazier’s three-run homer with one out in the sixth completed the comeback.

While North Murray is in good shape in the region standings after having played everyone save Cartersville and Sonoraville — in addition to Gordon Central, the Mountaineers have beaten Adairsville, Coahulla Creek and Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe but lost to Ringgold — coach David Redmond is more focused on why they’re near the top of the league.

“We’re telling the kids it’s the process, not the outcome,” he said. “We know if we can just stay in the process, the outcome will be in our favor, so getting three wins this week was huge for us.”

Frazier went 2-for-3 (his other hit was a double), and the utility fielder — he started the day at second base and finished it at first — wasn’t the only freshman who played a key role in Friday’s win.

Brady Harper took the mound in relief in the fifth, working the final two innings without surrendering a hit while walking one and striking out three.

“Those are two kids we knew coming into the season were both going to play big roles for us,” Redmond said.

Harper wrapped up for starter Blake Davis, who allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and a walk while striking out six in five innings.

Gordon Central took the game’s first lead on a solo home run in the fourth and went up 2-0 on an unearned run in the fifth — North Murray finished the game with a pair of errors.

But the Mountaineers responded in the bottom half of the inning. Back-to-back doubles by Frazier and Alex Viars gave them their first run, and Caleb Campbell then singled home Viars, who had stolen third.

Although Frazier had a big hit in the sixth, the table was set with “small ball,” Redmond said. Cole Vaughn led off with a walk and moved to second as Blake Davis reached on a drag bunt. Both moved over on a sacrifice bunt by Lake Burris.

Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe 7, Coahulla Creek 2: Michael Ward had one of three hits for the Colts (4-10, 1-3 Region 5-3A) in the road loss, and he also scored one run and drove in another.

Hunter Cronan was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score the other run for Coahulla Creek, which plated one run in each of the first two innings. LFO scored two runs each in the first and fourth and its final three in the fifth.

Erick Dominguez started on the mound for the Colts, allowing four earned runs on four hits and five walks with two strikeouts in three innings before being pulled for Ward. He worked the final three innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk while striking out two.

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