March 5, 2013

Prep roundup: Bruins rally for revenge, beat Lions

Northwest Whitfield High School shortstop Diego Peralta misplayed a grounder in the top of the sixth inning Monday that led to Christian Her-itage scoring four runs and tying the game at 5-all.

In the bottom of the sixth, Peralta made up for it.

His two-run single brought in Kyle Brock and Andy Whisenant with what turned out to be the game-winning runs, and Edwin Hernandez followed with a towering homer into the trees beyond the left-field fence to give the Bruins a 9-5 victory over the Lions.

The victory avenged Christian Heritage’s 6-3 win over Northwest in the season opener for the Bruins (2-1) last week. Both were non-region matchups.

“We needed to get back at them tonight,” Peralta said of the rematch with the Lions (2-2). “We weren’t mentally focused the first time we played them, and we just needed to get the job done tonight.”

Peralta did, going 2-for-4 with a double in the first. Hernandez was also 2-for-4 with a fifth-inning double and four RBIs in the game. He also went to the mound in relief in the top of the seventh after the Lions had loaded the bases with one out, striking out two to get the save.

Wade Terrell made his first start on the mound for Northwest, struck out four and gave up just three hits in five innings of work. Andy Whisenant, who came on in relief in the sixth, was the pitcher of record and took the victory.

Christian Heritage was hurt by seven errors. Catcher Tre Mason was the only Lion with two hits, and he also had an RBI single in the sixth.

“We pitched well and hit well enough,” Lions coach Noah Stokes said. “We just have to play better defense.”

Spencer Robbins, who held the Bruins to two unearned runs in the third, pitched five innings with five strikeouts. He also drove in a run at the plate. Chase Tidwell, Ian Robbins and Tyson Cooper each had RBIs for the Lions.

Coosa 5, North Murray 4: Coosa pushed across a run on a double in the top of the ninth and North Murray couldn’t answer in a non-region loss in Chatsworth.

North Murray’s Aaron Granger pitched three innings and struck out four, while Ethan Lents pitched five inning and allowed just a single hit while striking out four. Cole Vaughn had two hits and drove in a run for the Mountaineers (1-3).

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