From Staff Reports
This past football season, Christian Heritage School senior Nich Bartley was the big-play wide receiver the Lions went to again and again.
He could prove just as reliable on the diamond this spring if Monday night’s 15-14 win against visiting Dalton is any indication.
Bartley went 3-for-4 with two RBIs — his two-out RBI single in the sixth inning put Christian Heritage ahead for good — and earned the win on the mound with a shutdown performance over the final 1 1/3 innings.
He struck out Dalton’s final batter of the sixth inning with the bases loaded, then struck out two and yielded a groundout in a 1-2-3 seventh.
This past season, Bartley earned all-area, all-region and all-state honors on the gridiron after hauling in 70 catches for 1,214 yards and 15 touchdowns.
“He’s got that great mentality,” said Lions coach Noah Stokes, whose team improved to 3-0 with the non-region victory. “In terms of football, he was a playmaker. He’s just a competitor, and we think this closer role fits well with his personality. He was humming it and he’s got a good breaking ball, too.”
Dalton (0-1) took a 13-7 lead with a six-run fifth. After the Lions responded with five runs in their half of the inning to make it 13-12, Dalton answered back with a run in the sixth — but in the bottom half, Christian Heritage had just a little more offense on a cool night when rough-around-the-edges defense was the rule.
Dalton committed four errors, while the Lions made seven.
“We were down 13-7 at one point and it looked like (Dalton) was taking control,” Stokes said. “But to our kids’ credit, they didn’t want it to end that way so they made the plays they needed to make. We didn’t play as solid of defense as we hope we will. We were uncharacteristically sloppy.”
Also at the plate for the Lions, Chandler Coley went 3-for-3 with an RBI, Chase Tidwell had a three-run double, Sam Sikes had a two-run single, Ian Robbins was 2-for-4 and Tyson Cooper doubled.
Coley started and worked three innings, allowing seven runs (three earned) on five hits and four walks while striking out two. Trevor Brown allowed seven runs (four earned) on three hits and five walks.
Dalton was led by Tyler Britton, who went 3-for-5 with five RBIs, and Grant Sane, who was also 3-for-5, including a double. Cole Shelton was 2-for-4 with four RBIs, while Maddox Houghton had a hit, walked twice and scored three runs.
Catamounts starter Dakota Tankersley was pulled after one inning — he allowed two unearned runs and as many hits while striking out one — and Kaleb Hill took the loss after working 2/3 of an inning, allowing one run on two hits with one strikeout. Tucker Sumner and Sam Stepp also pitched for the Cats.
“We threw three freshmen and I started three freshmen,” Dalton coach Shane Ramsey said. “We’re young and our youth showed at times. ... We need games like this to see where we’re at and what we need to work on. I would rather have won, but we battled and I think we’ll be fine.”
• Morris Innovative boys 4, Dade County 2: Jonathan Herrera scored two goals in the second half, and the Tigers’ defense kept Dade County at bay for much of the night while earning a Region 7-2A win in Trenton.
Elmer Hernandez scored in the fourth minute of the game, and Eduardo Padilla put the Tigers up 2-1 late in the first half.
Along with Herrera’s goals in the second half, the Tigers (2-1, 2-1) allowed an own goal but Tigers keeper David Machuca faced few shots.
Assists for Morris Innovative came from Herrera, Hernandez, David Solis and Ramiro Galindo.
• Dade County girls 6, Morris Innovative 0: The Lady Tigers (0-3, 0-3) held Dade County scoreless in the second half of the Region 7-2A contest.
• Southeast Whitfield girls 4, Gilmer 2 (OT): Maria Qujano had a pair of goals in regulation, while Sydney Covington scored both of the goals in the extra period to lead the Lady Raiders in their season opener at home.
n Information on Southeast’s boys match with visiting Gilmer was not reported by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.
• Excel Christian boys 4, Christian Heritage 2: Hutch Crawford had a goal and an assist for the Lions, but Excel took the Region 6-A victory in Dalton.
Kameron Hawkins had the other goal for Christian Heritage (0-2, 0-2).
• Northwest Whitfield girls 7, Christian Heritage 2: Jordan Suddath scored both goals unassisted for the visiting Lady Lions (0-2), who were outshot 23-4 in the game and got 18 saves from keeper Sarah Massengale.
Northwest did not report its statistics by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.
• Dalton junior varsity boys 2, Allatoona 0: Diego Sanchez and Jesus Huitanda each scored a goal, while Jose Boyzo and Jimmy Cano each had assists as Dalton (3-0) outshot the host Buccaneers 17-2.
• Heritage junior varsity boys 4, Northwest 3: Daniel Gomez, Manuel Zapata and Willie Rodriguez scored for the Bruins (1-1), while Enzo Lavecchia, Xavier LaFontane and Juan Navarro had assists.
• Coahulla Creek boys 3, Christian Heritage 2: The No. 2 doubles team of Andy Dixon and Jake Stevenson won 7-2 in what proved to be the difference-making match as the Colts won at Lakeshore Park in Dalton.
The other doubles win for the Colts (2-0) came from Austin Turner and Donovan Newby, 8-6, while Alex Jarjoura won 6-1, 6-4 at No. 3 singles. Winners for Christian Heritage (0-1) were No. 1 Phillip McClure, 6-0, 6-2, and No. 2 Evan Townsend, 6-2, 7-5.
Because of time constraints, the teams played pro sets for doubles.
• Coahulla Creek girls 4, Christian Heritage 1: The Lady Colts (2-0) swept the singles matches and split doubles to top the Lady Lions (0-1) at Lakeshore.
Singles winners for Coahulla Creek were No. 1 Erin Orem, 6-3, 6-1, No. 2 Kathryn Barker, 6-3, 6-1, and No. 3 Katherine Sheppard, 6-3, 6-3.
Olivia Hughes and Madison Zerbe won 8-5 at No. 2 doubles for Coahulla Creek, while Christian Heritage’s No. 1 doubles team of Kacie Griggs and Erin White won 8-3.
• Results from North Murray’s home match with Adairsville were not reported by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.