April 1, 2014

Prep roundup: Coahulla Creek baseball needs a jolt at the plate

VARNELL — Coahulla Creek High School’s baseball team didn’t have enough offense against Adairsville on Tuesday.

Eventually, the Colts will need to find some if they’re going to climb back into the Region 5-3A race.

Adairsville left Coahulla Creek’s field with a 7-1 win and took an important step in the race for one of the league’s four berths in the Class 3A state playoffs.

Coahulla Creek (4-11, 1-4) is left knowing it is good enough to win the games it hasn’t.

“The good thing about it is baseball is such a contagious game,” Colts coach Michael Bolen said. “All it takes is one hit, and you look at the past couple weeks and that 1-4 could very well be 4-1 with a couple hits here and there. We need something to spark us.”

Adairsville (8-7, 2-4) scored one run in each of the first two innings, and Coahulla Creek scored its lone run in the second when Erick Dominguez laced a two-out single to left field to bring home Zack Glines. The Colts pushed a runner to third base in the next inning but failed to tie.

The Tigers scored twice in the fifth inning — ending the day on the mound for Coahulla Creek starting pitcher Michael Ward — and three more in the seventh. Coahulla Creek didn’t get a hit after the third inning.

“We were trying to do a little too much when the opportunities were there,” Bolen said. “That’s the trait of a young team.”

Adairsville’s Cody Melton pitched six innings, allowing an earned run on three hits and five walks. He struck out 10. Tristan Smith pitched the last inning for the Tigers, who along with the Colts are looking up at Cartersville, North Murray, Ringgold and Sonoraville in the region standings. All four have winning records in league play.

“We have the pitching to play with any of them,” Adairsville coach Billy Roper said. “Last week, we played some of those teams and played with them.”

Ward pitched 4 2/3 innings and allowed four runs (two earned) on eight hits and two walks with one strikeout. Dominguez finished the fifth inning and pitched a scoreless sixth. He allowed one hit and one walk but struck out one.

Spencer Hawkins pitched the seventh for Coahulla Creek and allowed three runs on four hits with two strikeouts.

“Pitching and defensively, we’ve done well enough to win games,” Bolen said. “We’re just having trouble punching stuff through on offense.”

Ward finished 2-for-3 at the plate as Coahulla Creek’s only player with multiple hits.

Adairsville had most of its lineup making major contributions. Smith finished 2-for-4 with an RBI double in the first inning and a run scored, while Sean McDermott finished 1-for-3 with a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning and a run scored in the seventh and Colin Bearden finished 1-for-3 with an RBI double in the fourth and a run scored in the second. Also, Reece Spencer went 2-for-3 with a two-run double in the seventh, Nate Metlock had a two-hit day and Lane Griffin had two RBIs.

Dalton 20, LaFayette 0: A day after struggling to throw strikes in a 5-4 home win over the Ramblers, the Catamounts (12-4, 7-1 Sub-region 7B-4A) got in and out of LaFayette quickly with a league victory.

They needed just three innings to win via the Georgia High School Association’s mercy rule, scoring 15 runs in the first inning and five in the third.

Grant Sane led the offensive attack with a grand slam, while Charlie Martin was 3-for-3 with three RBIs and Jase Chastain was 3-for-3 with two RBIs. Maddux Houghton and Brock Nelson each added a 2-for-2 effort and drove in a run, while Kaleb Hill was 2-for-3 with a triple and an RBI and Cole Shelton was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.

Jackson Bell had a short but successful day on the mound, working all three innings and allowing two hits while striking out two. More importantly, a day after the Cats issued 10 walks, he had none.

“We got off the bus ready to play,” Dalton coach Shane Ramsey said. “... We were able to set the tone early and kept our focus. We needed this game.”

Sonoraville 4, North Murray 2: The Mountaineers lost a 2-0 lead on the road when Sonoraville put together a four-run sixth inning and held on the Region 5-3A win.

North Murray (8-10, 4-2) was held to five hits, with Caleb Campbell leading the way with a 2-for-2 effort. Lake Burris had one hit and drove in a run.

Aaron Granger took the loss on the mound, allowing all four Sonoraville runs on seven hits. He struck out seven and had no walks in 5 1/3 innings. Brady Harper recorded the final two outs in the sixth without allowing a hit or walk.

With the region slate almost at its halfway point, Sonoraville is one of three teams in 5-3A with just one loss in league play. Ringgold (which beat the Mountaineers last month) and Cartersville (which hosts the Mountaineers on Thursday) are the others.

“It just boiled down to, for us, execution,” North Murray coach David Redmond said. “We had the bases loaded in the second inning and didn’t score, had the bases loaded again in the fourth inning and didn’t score. You can’t let a team like Sonoraville hang around, but that’s what we did and they were able to capitalize in the sixth. They’re a good team.”

North Cobb Christian 8, Christian Heritage 1: Spencer Robbins went 2-for-4 as the only player with multiple hits for the Lions (5-10, 2-8 Region 6-A) in the home loss.

Christian Heritage, which finished the game with six hits and committed three errors, gave up six runs to the Eagles in the second inning. The Lions scored their lone run in the third, with North Cobb Christian adding its final two runs in the fourth.

Brady Souther took the loss on the mound, allowing six runs (four earned) on five hits and three walks with one strikeout in two innings.

• Murray County did not report results from Tuesday’s scheduled Region 7-2A game at Coosa by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.

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