TUNNEL HILL —
Since dropping its first game of the season to Christian Heritage School, the Northwest Whitfield High School baseball team has been taking steps forward with each game.
For coach Todd Middleton, that means his Bruins are doing the right things to prepare for the Sub-region 7B-4A schedule.
At home against North Murray in a non-region contest on Friday night, starting pitcher Andy Whisenant was dominant over five innings, and the few errors the Bruins did make in the field didn’t prove costly in a 12-2 victory shortened to six innings by the run rule.
“We are still making a couple of errors here and there, but Andy did a good job of pitching around those,” said Middleton, whose team im-proved to 3-1. “The first two times Andy pitched this year, he was coming on in relief, and you could just tell that he wasn’t real sharp.
“Getting the start tonight, you could tell he was more comfortable and had real good command of his pitches. He is coming off of the basketball court, so he hasn’t been able to throw as much as some of our other pitchers, but you can see that he is getting there.”
It made it easier to get an early lead as well. Second baseman Brady Middleton — the coach’s son — hit a two-run homer to right in the bottom of the first that gave Whisenant almost all the cushion he would need. When Whisenant left the mound, he had held the Mountaineers (2-4) to one run on four hits.
At the plate, the Bruins feasted on North Murray pitching, racking up 15 hits. Third baseman Edwin Hern-andez was 3-for-3 with a pair of RBIs, Brandon Smith was 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run, and Middle-ton and Diego Peralta were each 2-for-3. Kyle Brock singled and scored three times, while Whisenant doubled and drove in a run.
For North Murray, Jared Gos-wick was 2-for-3, while Cole Vaughn had a hit and scored a run.
• Christian Heritage 12, Mount Zion-Carroll 2: A day after losing a Sub-region 6A-A matchup at home by 12 runs, the Lions responded with their own offensive onslaught on the road.
Tyson Cooper and Spencer Rob-bins each went 3-for-3 to lead the way for Christian Heritage (3-3, 1-1), which tallied 15 hits.
Tre Mason was 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, Michael McKinney was 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and Chase Tidwell was 2-for-4 with a double.
Brady Souther picked up the complete-game win — the game was shortened to five innings by the run rule — on the mound, allowing no earned runs on three hits and a walk while striking out six.
• Ringgold 9, Dalton 2: Grant Sane continued his hot start to the season, but his 2-for-3 day wasn’t enough for the Catamounts (1-4) in the non-region road loss.
Sane, who drove in a run, had half of Dalton’s hits. Jake Roberts had a double and Caleb Hill had the other RBI. Will Erwin took the loss on the hill, hurt by six errors that led to four unearned runs.
• Calhoun 13, Coahulla Creek 0: The Yellow Jackets hit the ball plenty and the Colts had trouble fielding it — they committed six errors — making for a less than pleasant road trip for Coahulla Creek (1-4).
Tucker Sheram worked the first three innings on the mound — the game was cut short by the run rule — allowing 13 runs (five earned) on 12 hits with two strikeouts and no walks. Calhoun led 1-0 entering the third inning, when it struck for the rest of its runs. Erick Dominguez pitched the final inning for the Colts, striking out one.
Danny Stavrow went 2-for-2 to lead the Colts at the plate, while Scout Plott and Zack Glines each had a double.
• Ridgeland 16, Murray County 4: The Indians (0-3) scored their first runs of the year, but it wasn’t enough on the road in Rossville in a non-region contest.
• Northwest JV 12, North Murray 2: Aaron Ball was 2-for-2 with a pair of RBIs and Caleb Shiflett and Jack Creswell combined for the win on the mound for the Bruins (2-0).
• Calhoun JV 4, Coahulla Creek 2: The Colts (0-3) were held to two hits in the road loss.
• Coahulla Creek boys 5, Gordon Central 2: Pedro Garcia had a hat trick as the Colts (3-2, 3-1) outshot Gordon Central 20-13 to take the Region 5-3A win on the road.
Eddie Serrato and Jo-An Barcenas each had goals, while assists came from Garcia, Irwin Rivera and Manny Morales.
• Gordon Central girls 0, Coahulla Creek 0 (5-4): The Lady Warriors and Lady Colts (0-5, 0-4 Region 5-3A) played to a scoreless tie through overtime, and Gordon Central took the win on penalty kicks.
Regin Pacheco, Melanie Pacheco, Jenny Contreras and Joanna Montoya all hit penalty kicks in the deciding faceoff. Coahulla Creek goalie Melissa Cabrera finished with 11 saves.
• Northwest girls 3, Cass 1: Nancy Paz scored one goal and set up Juliana Gomez’s header that found the net as the Lady Bruins won their fourth straight game to start the season.
Gracie Lopez notched the other goal for Northwest, which took a 1-0 lead in the second half before the Lady Colonels evened things up. The Lady Bruins regained the lead minutes later, though.
Gracie Holmes was in goal for the scoreless first half, while Deysi Garcia made six saves in a strong second-half effort.
• Northwest boys 10, Cass 0: Angel Resendiz and David Perez each had hat tricks, and the Bruins (4-0) outshot the Colonels 22-1 in a Region 7-4A crossover game.
Christian Perez had a pair of goals and a pair of assists, while Giovanni Aguero had a goal and two assists.
Bryan Villa added the final goal, while Kevin Centeno, Brandon Jimenez and David Franco each had assists. Miguel Deanda earned the shutout in goal.
• Murray County girls 8, Pepperell 2: Nayeli Jacobo had a hat trick and five other players scored as the Lady Indians (4-2, 4-1 Region 7-2A) rolled to the easy win on the road.
Paiton Bradford, Yazmin Flores, Cheyanne Sancho, Baylee Cudd and Raven Henry each added goals for Murray County.
• Armuchee boys 4, Morris Innovative 1: Adrian Love tied the score at 1-1 in the 15th minute of the game off an assist from Luis Perez, but Armuchee led 3-1 at the half and beat the host Tigers (3-3, 2-3 Region 7-2A) for the second time this year.
• Armuchee girls 10, Morris Innovative 0: The Lady Tigers fell to 0-6 overall and 0-5 in Region 7-2A with the mercy-rule shortened loss.
• Murray County did not report results from Friday’s boys game at Pepperell by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.
• Dalton boys 5, Calhoun 0: The Cats improved to 4-0, picking up the road victory with singles wins from No. 1 Jacob Johnson, 6-1, 6-1, No. 2 Nathan Bryant, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, and No. 3 Shazman Ali, 7-5, 6-4, plus doubles wins from No. 1 B.J. Rowland and Thomas Delay, 7-5, 6-4, and No. 2 P.K. Bhatter and Will Alderman 7-6, 6-2.
• Dalton girls 3, Calhoun 2: The Lady Cats (4-0) topped Calhoun for the first time in more than five years by sweeping singles.
Dalton’s winners were No. 1 Courtney Morton, 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, No. 2 Kara Pendley, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, and No. 3 Anna Grace Wilson, 6-4, 6-4.
• LaFayette boys 3, Southeast 2: Winners for the Raiders (0-2, 0-2 Sub-region 7B-4A) were No. 1 Darshan Patel, 4-6, 7-6, 6-2, and No. 1 Fernando Beccera and Alexis Becerra, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.
• LaFayette girls 5, Southeast 0: The Lady Raiders fell to 0-2 overall and in Sub-region 7B-4A.
• In late results from Thursday, North Murray topped Southeast in boys and girls nine-hole matches at Indian Trace in Chatsworth.
The Mountaineers shot a 193 for a 10-stroke victory against the Raiders, with Colby Hipp’s 4-over-par 40 good for medalist honors. Adrian Patino (46), Luke Bearden (52) and Jacob Sexton (55) also scored for North Murray, while the Raiders’ counting rounds came from Cameron Maynard (49), Andrew Head (50), Eric Sosebee (50) and Jackie Stephens (54).
The Lady Mountaineers edged Southeast 162-163, with Lady Raiders senior Megan Collins’ 43 easily claiming medalist honors.
North Murray’s counting rounds came from Jocelyn Blair (49), Tilly Hughes (55) and Dara Dople (58). Also scoring for Southeast were Bethany Reddix (58) and Tori Bailey (62).