From Staff Reports
Dalton High School’s baseball team snapped a six-game losing streak with a 10-0 rout of visiting Southeast Whitfield to open Sub-region 7B-4A play on Tuesday.
In a game shortened to five innings by the run rule, Will Erwin threw a complete-game no-hitter and launched a three-run home run in the first inning to give the Catamounts (2-6) a 3-0 lead.
He finished the game 2-for-4.
Matt Wells went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, while Tyler Britton was 2-for-3 with an RBI for Dalton, which stretched its lead to 5-0 in the second inning and added its final five runs in the third.
Cats coach Shane Ramsey said the offensive outbreak was a continuation from Friday’s 6-5 loss to Coahulla Creek. In that game, Dalton scored all of its runs in the final two innings.
“We got some momentum in the seventh,” Ramsey said of the non-league matchup with the Colts. “We did lose, but we have struggled all year with scoring when we got runners into scoring position. So we started all over. We wanted to set the tone for the rest of the season. That’s what Will kept saying. He was the tone setter.
“We want this momentum to lead us through the rest of the year.”
Southeast (3-6) coach Brad Lofton said he was ejected in the second inning but did not say why. Tyler Hale started for the Raiders, but Lofton did not have further details or statistics.
• Mount Pisgah Christian 4, Christian Heritage 3: The Lions (4-6) scored three runs in the first inning but couldn’t hold the lead.
Spencer Robbins pitched six innings for Christian Heritage, allowed one earned run off seven hits and three walks while striking out three. Michael McKinney went 2-for-2 with an RBI and the Lions finished with hits. Tre Mason added an RBI on a fielder’s choice.
“We scored three in the first and hit it well,” Christian Heritage coach Noah Stokes said. “Spencer did a great job on the mound. We just couldn’t find the holes.”
• Sonoraville 5, Coahulla Creek 3: The Colts (3-7, 0-1 Region 5-3A) didn’t get a run across until the seventh inning.
Trailing 5-0, Coahulla Creek scored three runs in its last at-bat but couldn’t continue the rally. Danny Stavrow was 2-for-4 with a run scored, Scout Plott was 2-for-2 with a run scored and Braiden Jacobs finished 2-for-3.
“We stranded a few here and there,” Colts coach Michael Bolen said. “We just didn’t get going until late.”
Blake Phillips started on the mound for Coahulla Creek and threw two innings, allowing two earned runs off two hits and three walks while striking out three. Zach Glines pitched four innings, allowing three earned runs off three hits and one walk while striking out three.
• Adairsville 10, North Murray 3: Ethan Lents pitched four innings for the Mountaineers (3-7, 0-1 Region 5-3A), allowing five runs off six hits and two walks. Cole Vaughn had a double, while Brandon Brock had an RBI.
• Model 14, Murray County 0: Damon Roberts pitched three innings for the Indians (0-6, 0-3 Region 7-2A) and allowed 11 runs.
David Bennett allowed three runs in the fourth. Coach Jeff Lanning said the Indians only allowed seven or eight earned runs, and none of the five allowed in the first were earned.
Nick Stiles had the only hit for Murray County.
• North Murray girls 145, Dalton 161: Jocelyn Blair’s 7-over-par 43 took medalist honors and led the Lady Mountaineers to the nine-hole victory at Indian Trace in Chatsworth.
Tillie Hughes (47) and Hali Sheram (55) also scored for North Murray, while Dalton got counting rounds from Hannah Thomas (53), Baylee Mitchell (54) and Lindsey Parker (54).
• North Murray boys 2, Cartersville 1: Alexis Solorzano put the Mountaineers ahead, and Manuel Gonzalez made sure it was for good.
North Murray (7-1, 7-0 Region 5-3A) stayed atop the region standings by passing a tough test against the visiting Purple Hurricanes, who are ranked ninth in eurosportscoreboard.com’s Class 3A poll.
Freddy Urbina set up Solorzano’s go-ahead goal in the 60th minute — the score was tied 1-all at halftime — and Gonzalez, who finished the night with six saves, earned Mountaineers coach Matt Chambers with his performance the rest of the way.
“He made some key saves the last 10 minutes of the game, when they were pushing everybody up,” Chambers said. “So it was pretty impressive. He stepped up and kept it clean for us.”
The Mountaineers took the lead less than four minutes into the match when Raul Rodriguez assisted on Jacob Dotson’s strike. However, Cartersville responded by converting a corner kick in the 24th minute.
But the second half — and the win — belonged to North Murray.
“The record’s good and we’re going good,” Chambers said. “The big thing we’re always talking about is working together as a team and finishing as a team, and we’re definitely doing that more and more every game.”
• Southeast boys 5, Boyd-Buchanan 0: Byron Miranda recorded a hat trick for the Raiders (4-1), who led 1-0 at halftime before pulling away in the final 40 minutes.
Jorge Hurtado and David Gonzalez each scored once, while Marcus Arredondo, Christian Saenz and Erik Salaises each had one assist and Alex Rosillo had two. Abel Mendiola and Cruz Ruiz combined in goal to record the shutout.
• Coahulla Creek boys 5, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe 1: Pedro Garcia recorded a hat trick — scoring in the second, 34th and 36th minutes — and the Colts (6-3-1) moved to 4-2 in Region 5-3A play.
Eddie Serrato and Irwin Rivera each had one goal. Coahulla Creek goalkeeper Missa Fraire made five saves.
• LFO girls 3, Coahulla Creek 0: Melissa Cabrera made 13 saves for the Lady Colts (1-9, 0-6 Region 5-3A), who kept the Lady Warriors scoreless for the first half.
• Cartersville girls 3, North Murray 0: Amber Bandy was busy in goal for the Lady Mountaineers (0-6, 0-6 Region 5-3A), finishing with a 17-save performance that included stopping a penalty kick.
North Murray managed just three shots on goal.
• Calhoun girls 10, Morris Innovative 0: The Lady Tigers (0-9, 0-8 Region 7-2A) remained winless in their first season of action.
• Calhoun boys 8, Morris 0: The Tigers (4-5, 3-5 Region 7-2A) fell below .500 with the home loss.
• Southeast JV boys 6, Boyd-Buchanan 0: Christian Gonzalez scored twice, while Ronaldo Sandate, Rodalfo Flores, Rafael Garcia and Jonathan Sanchez each scored once for the Raiders (4-0).
Gonzalez and Jose L. Hurtado each had two assists. Flores and Sanchez each had one assist.
• Northwest JV boys 5, Heritage-Catoosa 0: David Paz scored and assisted on another goal to lead the way for the Bruins (4-1), while Rigo Martinez made three saves in goal to secure his fourth straight shutout.
Xavier Lasontaine, Juan Navarro, Ivan Velazques and Luis Velazques also scored for Northwest.
• Dalton boys 5, Northwest 0: The Cats (8-1, 8-1 Sub-region 7B-4A) swept past the Bruins with singles wins from No. 1 Jacob Johnson, 6-0, 6-2, No. 2 Nathan Bryant, 6-0, 6-1, and No. 3 singles Sazman Ali, 6-0, 6-1, plus doubles wins from No. 1 B.J. Rowland and Will Alderman, 6-1, 6-0, and Efra Escanga and Sam Dyer, 6-2, 6-1.
• Dalton girls 5, Northwest 0: The Lady Catamounts (8-1, 8-1) swept the visiting Lady Bruins with singles wins from No. 1 Courtney Morton, 6-4, 6-0, No. 2 Kara Pendley, 6-4, 6-1, and No. 3 Anna Grace Wilson, 6-1, 6-1, plus doubles wins from No. 1 Sheridan Fromm and MacKenzie Creswell, 6-3, 6-0, and No. 2 Rachel Bakker and Caroline Calfee, 6-1, 6-2.
• Coahulla Creek boys 5, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe 0: The Colts (7-3, 7-3 Region 5-3A) continued their strong season with the easy sweep. Singles winners were No. 1 Chase Lynch, 6-4, 7-5, No. 2 Jake Mathis, 6-0, 6-1, and No. 3 Alex Jarjoura, 6-2, 6-2. Doubles winners were No. 1 Austin Turner and Donovan Newby, 6-1, 6-4, and No. 2 Andy Dixon and Austin Lansing, 6-1, 6-1.
• LFO girls 3, Coahulla Creek 2: Erin Orem won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1 singles and Olivia Hughes and Sydney Storey won 6-1, 6-3 at No. 2 doubles, but it wasn’t enough for the Lady Colts (4-6, 4-6 Region 5-3A) at home
n Darlington boys 4, Christian Heritage 1: Phillip McClure, who claimed a 6-1, 6-3 victory at No. 1 singles, was the lone winner for the Lions (2-3, 0-3 Region 6-A).
• Darlington girls 5, Christian Heritage 0: The Lady Lions fell to 3-2 overall and 1-2 in the region.
• Southeast boys 5, Ridgeland 0: The Raiders picked up their first victory — overall and in Sub-region 7B-4A play — four matches into the season, rolling past Ridgeland with singles wins from No. 1 Darshan Patel, 6-0, 6-0, No. 2 Ben Lopez, 6-0, 6-0, and No. 3 Alexis Becerra, 6-1, 6-1.
In doubles, No. 1 Reuben Figueroa and Fernando Becerra and No. 2 Trey Weaver and Jorge Ruedas accepted forfeits.
n Ridgeland girls 3, Southeast 2: The Lady Raiders (0-4, 0-4 Sub-region 7B-4A) swept doubles with wins from No. 1 Gabby Ortiz and Christina Limas, 8-3 in pro-set play, and No. 2 Jennifer Alejo and Maribel Cordova, 9-7, but couldn’t secure the needed singles victory.
• Dalton JV boys 5, Northwest 0: The Cats (9-2) swept all five courts on the way to the rivalry win, getting singles victories from No. 1 Nicholas Nelson, 8-0, No. 2 Robert Enck, 8-1, and No. 3 Josh McCraven, 8-2, plus doubles wins from No. 1 Peter Sigmon and Jake Myers, 8-2, and No. 2 Werner Braun and Evan Pope, 8-4.
The Bruins dropped their third straight match to open the season.
• Dalton JV girls 5, Northwest 0: The Lady Cats (8-3) also won at Edwards Park, getting singles wins from No. 1 Shelby Fromm, 8-2, No. 2 Mary Snipes, 8-1, and No. 3 Sydney Tankersley, 8-1, plus doubles wins from No. 1 Katherine Clifford and Morgan Coker, 8-0, and No. 2 Nathaly Trujillo and Bianca Salaices, 8-3
The Lady Bruins dropped their third straight match to open the season.
Track and field
• Coahulla Creek’s track and field teams won in a three-team home meet with Murray County and North Murray. Both the Colts and Lady Colts are 11-0 against opponents in head-to-head meets this season.
The Coahulla Creek boys won with 75 points, followed by North Murray (61.5) and Murray County (35.5). The Lady Colts won with 93 points, followed by the Lady Indians (60) and Lady Mountaineers (10).
Winning for the Coahulla Creek boys were the 4x400-meter relay team of Blaine Williams, Labron Kendrick, Josue Dominguez and Aaron Croom with a time of 4 minutes, 4 seconds; Garrett Kelly (pole vault, 9 feet, 6 inches); Jordan Tant (discus, 105-0); Josh Fox (triple jump, 38-8); Marquis Monroe (400-meter run, 1:02); and Dominguez (200, 23.6).
Winning for the Lady Colts were: the 4x100 relay team of Taylor Graham, Elizabeth Holcomb, Brysten Pippen and A.T. Smith (57.18); Pippen (pole vault, height unavailable); Smith (long jump, 15-11; triple jump, 28-0; 100, 12.40); Holcomb (high jump, 4-2); Ashton Patterson (discus, 76-6); Graham (200, 31.60) and Nia Quinn (800, 3:20).
Murray County’s coaches did not have their individual results from the meet, and North Murray coaches did not report their team results from the meet by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.
• Northwest’s boys and Dalton’s girls won a four-team meet in Tunnel Hill that also included Southeast and Ringgold.
The Bruins scored 99.5 points to win, followed by the Cats (48), Tigers (47) and Raiders (35.5). The Dalton girls scored 71 to win, followed by Northwest (69), Southeast (56) and Ringgold (33).
Winning for the Northwest boys were the 4x400 team of Jalen Lockett, Jonathan Willman, Justin Palmer and Dylan Richards with a time of 3:46; Blake Heard, Lockett, Jamon Horne and Willman (4x100, 44.60); Willman (long jump, 20-5; triple jump, 40-2; 200, 22.5); Raul Franco (shot put, 29-4); Parker Cook (1,600, 5:01); Lockett (400, 53.80); Richards (800, 2:14).
Winning for the Dalton boys were Kelvis Rhodes (high jump, 6-0); Seth Gabriel (300-meter hurdles, 45.20); and Jay Tripp (1,600, 11:34).
Winning for the Southeast boys were Jayro Perez (discus, 130-5) and Kevin Torres (100, 11.09).
Winning for the Dalton girls were Susan Meinders, Mary Morrow, Adrianna Bryant and Cori Harldson (4x100, 53.17); Morrow (100, 13.01); Meinders (300 hurdles, 47.12); and Ashley Parham (3,200, 13:54).
Winning for the Northwest girls were Shelby Wilson, McKinley Hopkins, Maggie Kalafut and Samantha Wooten (4x400, 4:41); Kalafut (high jump; 4-10); Hopkins (triple jump, 33-8; 100 hurdles, 15.67); and Wilson (800 run, 2:28; 1,600 run, 5:41).
Winning for the Southeast girls were Wendy Perez (shot put, 28-8; discus, 104-6); Brittany Painter (400 run, 1:08); and Anissa Sosebee (long jump, 15-1 3/4).