From Staff Reports
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.
• Dalton girls 146, Heritage-Catoosa 161: Carson Roberts’ 11-over-par 47 earned medalist honors and led Dalton’s girls to the dual victory at WindStone Golf Club in Ringgold. Baylee Mitchell (48) and Olga Fouche (51) also had counting rounds for the Lady Catamounts.
• Gordon Lee boys 159, Southeast Whitfield 183: Matthew Cleary’s 7-over-par 43 was the top effort for the Raiders in the dual loss at Nob North Golf Course in Varnell, while Devin Edwards and Justin Hickman each carded a 40 and Seth Lewis contributed a 41 toward the team score.
• Dalton boys 10, Gilmer 0: The Cats (9-0-1), who stretched their unbeaten streak to 32 games with the win at Harmon Field, led 3-0 at halftime.
But Dalton coach Matt Cheaves was looking for something more, and he got it when he moved sweeper Salvador Rodriguez to forward in the second half. Rodriguez scored three goals in an 11-minute span.
“The first half we controlled (possession), we just weren’t playing very well together,” Cheaves said. “The second half, we moved the ball and played much better and followed our plan.”
Isai Hernandez and Kobe Perez each added two goals — Perez also had an assist — while Luis Becerra, Edgar Hernandez and Christian Ramirez each scored once. Antonio Martinez had two assists, while Jose Espino, Jose Gardea, Jesus Huitanda and Manny Solis each added one.
Samuel Fraire made two saves — Dalton outshot the Bobcats 28-2 — to earn the shutout in goal.
• Dalton girls 2, Gilmer 0: The Lady Cats (6-2-1) led at home at halftime thanks to an own goal by Gilmer, but Naelley Carrizales added another score with 20 minutes remaining. Laura Brumbelow was in goal for the shutout.
• Southeast JV boys 2, Coahulla Creek 0: The host Raiders scored twice in the second half, with goals from Jose Hurtado and Noe Rodriguez and assists by Diego Landeros and Artemio Lopez. Cruz Ruiz made two saves as he earned the shutout in goal for Southeast (4-0-1).
• In late results from Tuesday, Northwest’s girls won 4-1 and the boys lost 3-2 versus Trion.
The Lady Bruins swept singles with wins from No. 1 Anisha Mittal, 8-4 in pro-set play, No. 2 Olivia Elrod, 8-2, and No. 3 Katelyn O’Ferral, 8-4. In doubles, the No. 1 team of Grace Wiggins and Kyra Kolaski won 8-2.
The Bruins got wins on both of the No. 2 courts, with Luis Urquiz winning 8-1 in singles and Adrian Rios and Alex Spivey winning 9-8 in doubles.