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March 20, 2014

Area prep roundup: Hilton helps Bruins start sub-region baseball slate with win

A good start by Logan Hilton gave Northwest Whitfield High School’s baseball team a good start to its Sub-region 7B-4A schedule.

The junior left-hander struck out nine in a complete-game effort Wednesday as the Bruins won 2-0 at Ridgeland.

Hilton allowed three hits — the first one surrendered was in the fifth — and a walk to keep the Panthers in check on a day when there wasn’t much offense for either team.

The Bruins (5-3) were scheduled to play Ridgeland on Tuesday, when wet field conditions forced the game to be postponed, and the teams will meet today in Tunnel Hill and again Friday at Ridgeland. That made Hilton’s ability to go seven innings all the more important, saving other arms for the remaining games.

Smart pitching by Hilton made that possible.

“He threw strikes and kept the pitch count down,” Northwest coach Todd Middleton said. “They put the ball in play a lot early and the first few innings went by quick. He got strikeouts when he needed to.”

Northwest had four hits, with Hilton getting one of them and driving in a run. Andy Whisenant had a double and scored on a wild pitch in the first inning. Hilton’s fourth-inning single brought home Walker Maret.

King’s Ridge Christian 11, Christian Heritage 5: The Lions (4-7) were unable to recover after a six-run first inning for the Tigers in Alpharetta.

Lions starting pitcher Spencer Robbins allowed 11 runs (eight earned) on 11 hits and two walks while striking out three in 3 2/3 innings.

Robbins was the only Christian Heritage player with multiple hits, going 2-for-4 with three RBIs, but Nich Bartley had a hit and drove in a run and Sam Sikes doubled.

“Except for the first inning, we played well,” Christian Heritage coach Noah Stokes said, “but we’ve got to get on the right side of one of these.”

Coahulla Creek junior varsity 2, McCallie (Chattanooga) 0: Ethan Cronan escaped a bases-loaded, no-outs jam in the first inning on his way to a complete-game victory for the Colts (4-4).

He allowed five hits and one walk while striking out five and was backed by solid defense as Coahulla Creek made one error.

At the plate, Hunter Cronan had a hit — one of five by the Colts — and drove in a run.

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