From Staff Reports
Coahulla Creek High School baseball coach Michael Bolen knows his team won’t overpower many opponents with home runs or huge strikeout totals.
But he believes if the Colts can move runners around and limit their mistakes, as they did Tuesday night in a 9-4 win at Dalton, they will have a successful year.
Coahulla Creek (1-1) strung together eight hits and took advantage of seven Dalton errors for their run production in the non-region matchup, while Braiden Jacobs scattered seven hits and Coahulla Creek’s defense committed just one error.
“We did a great job of situational hitting,” Bolen said. “We got good defense, got good pitching and were pretty pleased with everything. (We’re) trying to hang our hat on our defense. We have a young roster — over half is freshmen — and we are still learning and trying to get better each game.”
Jacobs pitched six innings and was also 2-for-4 with a two-run double in the fifth, while Zack Glines had a two-run double and Jackson Sheppard doubled in one run. Luke Brock and Hayden Lock also had RBI singles.
Dalton’s offense relied on its power, with Grant Sane going 2-for-2 with a homer in the fourth, while Charlie Martin homered in the fifth. Nick Malcheski also drove in a run for the Catamounts (0-2).
• North Murray 9, Union County 2: Aaron Granger didn’t give up an earned run in five inn-ings of work, struck out six and was 2-for-4 with a double and a pair of RBIs to lead the Mountaineers (1-2) to the non-region road win.
Cole Vaughn was 2-for-4 with an RBI and scored twice, while Blake Burris also drove in a pair of runs. Brady Harper had four strikeouts in two scoreless innings of relief work.
• Dalton junior varsity 9, Coahulla Creek 2: Clark Hatfield had a two-RBI double and Levi Jackson also doubled for the Colts (1-0), while Ethan Cronan started on the mound and worked one inning, striking out the side.
• Northwest Whitfield JV 12, Christian Heritage 8: Seth Hutchinson earned the win in relief as the Bruins opened with a home win, while Michael Pipkin and Jordan Frye each added two hits.
• Coahulla Creek boys 3, Cartersville 1: Missael Fraire’s seven-save effort — which included stopping a penalty kick — led the Colts (3-0, 2-0 Region 5-3A) to victory at home.
Pedro Garcia scored twice, Jo-An Barcenas added the other goal and Martin Garcia and Adrian Rodriguez each had one assist for Coahulla Creek.
• Cartersville girls 6, Coahulla Creek 0: Melissa Cabrera made 16 saves for Coahulla Creek (1-2, 1-1 Region 5-3A), which trailed 4-0 at halftime.
• Dalton boys 10, Heritage-Catoosa 0: Jesus Huitanda had two goals and as many assists to lead the Cats (2-0, 1-0 Sub-region 7B-4A) in a road rout.
Manny Solis added two goals and an assist, Justin Macias scored twice, Kobe Perez had a goal and two assists and Javier Rodriguez, Kiko Rodriguez and Victor Solis each had one goal and one assist. Antonio Martinez also had an assist, while Samuel Fraire made one save while earning the shutout in goal.
Dalton, which led 5-0 at halftime and outshot Heritage 28-1 for the night, ended the game via mercy rule with three minutes to play.
• Calhoun boys 6, Morris Innovative 0: The Tigers (2-2, 2-2 Region 7-2A) had just three shots on goal as they lost at home.
n Morris Innovative’s girls team was forced to forfeit to Calhoun due to a lack of players.
• Murray County boys 9, Armuchee 1: Jose Ruiz had six goals and one assist as Murray County (2-0, 2-0 Region 7-2A) rolled on the road.
Juan Bautista and Alejandro Ramirez each scored once, with Murray County’s other score an own goal by Armuchee. Fernando Arias had two assists, while John David Adams, Jesus Moran, Filiberto Nuñez and Duilio Raymundo each had one for Murray County, which took 29 shots.
• Heritage-Catoosa girls 2, Dalton 1 (OT): Dalton took a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute when Paty Hernandez set up Angeles Altamirano, but the host Lady Generals tied before the end of the first half and scored what proved to be the winning goal in the first of the two five-minute periods for overtime.
The Lady Catamounts (1-1-1, 0-1 Sub-region 7B-4A) were outshot 10-9, with keeper Alex Brumbelow making seven saves.
• North Murray boys 4, Ringgold 0: Victor Iturbero scored twice and Neto Rodriguez had a goal and an assist as the Mountaineers opened their season and their Region 5-3A schedule with a victory in Ringgold.
Jacob Dotson scored on a penalty kick, Raul Perez had an assist and Manuel Gonzalez made three saves for North Murray.
• Northwest boys 8, Ridgeland 0: Miguel Villa had a hat trick as the Bruins didn’t allow a single shot on goal to start the season off with a Sub-region 7B-4A victory at home.
David Paz added a goal and two assists, and Northwest — which outshot the Panthers 42-0 — also got scores from David Franco, Brandon Jimenez, Ivan Velazquez and Luis Velazquez, with assists from Noe Trejo and Bryan Villa.
• Northwest girls 9, Ridgeland 0: Cynthia Coronel had a hat trick as the Lady Bruins (3-0, 1-0 Sub-region 7B-4A) outshot their visitors 33-1.
Vanessa Lara and Nancy Paz each had two goals, while Andrea Garcia and Ashlee Huynh added one each. Huynh also had an assist, while Juliana Gomez had two. Gracie Holmes was in goal for the shutout.
Also, in late results from Monday, Garcia, Gomez and Lara each scored twice and Judith Tapia added one goal as the Lady Bruins beat Christian Heritage 7-2.
• Southeast boys 6, LaFayette 2: Victor Garcia recorded a hat trick and set up another goal to lead the Raiders (2-0, 1-0 Sub-region 7B-4A) to the road win.
Jamie Arenas scored twice, while Alexis Rodriguez had the other goal for Southeast — which took 32 shots on goal for the night and led 3-0 at halftime — with assists coming from Axl Arredondo, Chris Ortiz, Jonathan Sanchez and Renaldo Sendate.
Southeast beat visiting Gilmer 4-0 to open the season Monday, with Arredondo scoring two goals and setting up another, Artemio Lopez getting a goal and an assist, Garcia scoring once and Isael Gutierrez setting up one goal.
• LaFayette girls 3, Southeast 1: Andrea Lopez scored the opening goal of the game on an assist from Maria Quijano, but the Lady Ramblers held Southeast (1-1, 0-1 Sub-region 7B-4A) scoreless the rest of the way.
• Whitfield Academy boys 4, Christian Heritage 1: Austin Lowe and Heath Hardaway’s 8-2 pro set victory at No. 2 doubles was the lone win for the visiting Lions (1-1, 0-1 Sub-region 6A-A).
• Whitefield Academy girls 4, Christian Heritage 1: Courtney Pirkle and Sydney White’s 8-6 pro-set victory at No. 2 doubles was the lone win for the visiting Lady Lions (0-2, 0-1 Sub-region 6A-A).
• Coahulla Creek boys 5, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe 0: The Colts (3-0, 2-0 Region 5-3A) cruised in Fort Oglethorpe, getting singles wins from No. 1 Jake Mathis, 6-0, 7-5, No. 2 Chase Lynch, 6-1, 6-0, and No. 3 Alex Jarjoura 6-1, 6-1, plus doubles wins from No. 1 Austin Turner and Donovan Newby 6-0, 6-0, and No. 2 Andy Gibson and Jake Stevenson, 6-0, 6-0.
• Coahulla Creek girls 5, LFO 0: The Lady Colts (3-0, 2-0 Region 5-3A) also had no trouble on the road, getting singles wins from No. 1 Erin Orem, 6-0, 6-0, No. 2 Kathryn Barker, 6--1, 6-1, and No. 3 Katherine Ann Sheppard, 6-2, 6-4, plus doubles wins from No. 1 Vanessa Suarez and Alex Wilbanks, 6-2, 6-4, and No. 2 Olivia Hughes and Madison Zerbe, 6-1, 6-2.
• Murray County boys 5, Ridgeland 0: The Indians won their season opener with singles victories by No. 1 Jacob Thomason, 6-2, 6-1, No. 2 Adolfo Ayala, 6-0, 6-0, and No. 3 Daniel Ortega, forfeit. In doubles, No. 1 Noel Moreno and Tristan Moore and No. 2 Blake Jackson and Emmanuel Andrade also accepted forfeits.
• Murray County girls 5, Ridgeland 0: The Lady Indians lost just one game throughout the entire match, getting singles wins from No. 1 Chloe Brown, 6-0, 6-0, No. 2 Alyssa Jones, 6-0, 6-0, and No. 3 Kailey Webb, 6-0, 6-0, plus doubles victories from No. 1 Emily Myers and Shanna Bishop, 6-1, 6-0, and No. 2 Mikayla Mushrush and Joselyn Servin, forfeit.
• North Murray boys 4, Gordon Central 1: The Mountaineers (1-2, 1-1 Region 5-3A) swept the singles, getting wins from No. 1 Josh Davis, 7-6, 0-1, 1-0, No. 2 Hunter Kvistaud, 6-0, 6-0, and No. 3 Dylan Garland, 6-1, 6-3. Davis’ first set tiebreaker lasted so long, the other two set points were decided by tiebreaker as well.
The other victory for North Murray was a forfeit at No. 2 doubles.
• Gordon Central girls 4, North Murray girls 1: The lone team point for the Lady Mount-aineers (0-3, 0-2 Region 5-3A) came from a 6-3, 6-1 singles win by No. 1 Harmony Jones.