Kacie Ausmus struck out nine batters in a no-hit performance to lead Gladden Middle School’s softball team to a 9-0 win over Eastbrook on Thursday in Chatsworth.
Ausmus, who issued three walks, helped herself at the plate with a two-run single in the first. The game was shortened to four and a half innings by the mercy rule.
Ali Ausmus tripled and drove in three runs, Bailey Smith had an RBI single and an RBI double, Madison Mozingo added a sacrifice fly and Attie Ridley contributed a pair of hits for the Lady Warriors.
Eastbrook did not report statistics by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.
• New Hope 8, Valley Point 0: Molley Middleton went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Macy Smith allowed just one hit as the Lady Kodiaks improved to 2-1 in North Georgia Middle School Athletic League play with Thursday’s home win.
Smith struck out five while earning the complete-game victory and got plenty of run support — the game was shortened to five innings via the mercy rule. Melodie Streett added a hit and drove in three runs, Julia Fish was 2-for-3 and Henley Henderson collected a pair of RBIs.
Valley Point did not report statistics by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.
• Christian Heritage 36, Silverdale Baptist Academy (Chattanooga) 0: Nashir Porter rushed for 220 yards and three touchdowns while also returning an interception 95 yards for another score in Thursday’s road win as the Lions claimed their third straight victory to open the season.
Bryson Cornelison added 97 yards on five carries and had a pair of two-point conversions, while Preston Poag Jr. played solidly at quarterback and passed for a two-point conversion. Standout defensive efforts in the shutout came from Trent Cummings and Duane Jones.
• New Hope seventh grade 16, Eastbrook 0: Dominique Sistrunk accounted for all of the Kodiaks’ points as they won Thursday at Northwest Whitfield High School’s Bruin Stadium for their second straight victory to open the season.
Sistrunk had touchdown runs of 56 and 29 yards plus a pair of two-point conversion runs.
Eastbrook, which fell to 1-1, did not report statistics by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.
• Gladden seventh grade 16, Valley Point 6: Trevor Cox and Brendan Ownbey accounted for all of the Warriors’ points in a season-opening win on Thursday.
Gladden’s defense lost the shutout late in the fourth quarter when Valley Point’s Daniel Pimentel hauled in a touchdown pass from Murphy Flood.
• Gladden eighth grade 22, Valley Point 22: Also on Thursday, Gladden led 14-0 during the first half before Valley Point surged to a 22-14 lead it held deep into the fourth quarter, but Tucker Gregg’s late touchdown run and John Reed’s two-point conversion run forced the tie.
Reed returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and Jake Chadwick added another touchdown in the first quarter, while Gregg’s two-point run gave the Warriors their early advantage.
Valley Point’s Harrison Hughes ran for one touchdown and passed for a pair of scores to Andrew Sowder. Luke Johns had a pair of two-point conversions for the Green Waves’ other points.
• Cleveland (Tenn.) 30, Dalton 26: The Cougars (2-1) rallied from a 22-6 deficit to lead in the fourth quarter but were unable to hold on to their edge and lost Thursday at Harmon Field.
Cade Gabriel, Harrison Norman and J.P. Tighe all scored touchdowns for Dalton.