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March 2, 2013

Prep roundup: Seth Pierce's groove frustrates Colts in Chattanooga

In the first and last innings Friday night against Coahulla Creek High School, North-west Whitfield’s Seth Pierce gave up two runs.

In the five innings in between, the Bruins’ ace didn’t even allow a baserunner.

The Bruins won 9-3 Friday night against the Colts at AT&T Park, the Chattanooga Lookouts’ home field.

Blake Phillips’ RBI single and Braiden Jacobs’ RBI fielder’s choice gave Coahulla Creek (1-2) a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. The Colts did not put another runner on base until Justin Cole walked in the seventh.

“I think he just wasn’t loose in the first inning and it took the first to get there,” said Northwest coach Todd Middleton, whose team improved to 1-1. “After that he was in command.”

Pierce allowed two earned runs off three hits and two walks. The Daily Citizen’s All-Area Baseball Player of the Year last season as a freshman, Pierce struck out 11 in the complete-game performance.

“Once he got in a groove, we didn’t respond very well,” Colts coach Michael Bolen said.

In the Bruins’ half of the first, Brandon Smith singled, Brady Middleton singled on a hit-and-run play and Diego Peralta’s two-run double tied the game. Northwest scored once in the second, twice in the third, once in the fourth and three times in the sixth.

Smith went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, Orozco went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and Peralta went 2-for-4. Pierce and Kyle Brock each had one RBI.

Northwest had 12 hits, three more than in its 6-3 loss Monday at Christian Heritage.

“These hits were a little more timely,” Middleton said. “We got hits with runners in scoring position.”

For Coahulla Creek, Jacobs pitched three innings, allowing five earned runs off nine hits and two walks with one strikeout.

Phillips pitched three innings, allowing two earned runs off four hits and one walk with two strikeouts.

“Northwest hit the ball well,” Bolen said. “We made three fielding errors that led to runs. We had a couple mental mistakes that probably were bigger than the fielder errors.”

• Southeast Whitfield swept Gordon Central in a doubleheader hosted by the Raiders, winning 14-4 and 10-4.

In the first game, Zach Ramsey pitched three innings for the Raiders (2-3), allowing two runs off three hits, walking three and striking out three. Devin Gentry pitched two innings, allowed two runs and struck out four.

In the second game, Pedro Vargas pitched five innings, allowed one earned run off two hits and struck out one. Abram Stanley pitched one inning, striking out one. Blake Foster pitched the last inning, allowing two runs off one hit. He struck out the side.

At the plate for the night, Stanley had two RBIs, Austin Purkey had a two-run single and Foster finished 4-for-8 with a double. Jose Vargas was 4-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs, Austin Pratt was 4-for-8 with three RBIs and a double and Colter Faith was 5-for-6 with two RBIs and two doubles. Pedro Vargas had three RBIs and Gentry and Cody Manly each added two.

“We played well in the first three games of the season,” Raiders coach Brad Lofton said. “We just couldn’t get the timely hits when we needed them. ... We had some guys break out of slumps and we hit the ball well. Pitchers threw well. Defense played well. It was one of those nights where we clicked on all cylinders.”

• Dalton’s game at Coahulla Creek, originally scheduled for today, has been postponed because of the threat of inclement weather. The game has been rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. on March 15.

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