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March 25, 2014

Prep roundup: Victory helps N. Murray baseball move forward

With Aaron Granger on the mound and the offense delivering hit after hit Tuesday, it was easy for North Murray High School’s baseball team to forget about last Friday’s Region 5-3A loss to Ringgold with a 12-2 victory at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe.

Granger improved to 4-1 as he earned the complete-game victory, allowing just three hits and two unearned runs while striking out nine to help erase the memory of an error-stricken 5-3 loss last week to Ringgold.

“We have put that behind us and are looking forward to a good week of baseball,” said North Murray coach David Redmond, whose team improved to 6-9 overall and 2-1 in Region 5-3A play. “Everyone talks about Ringgold and Cartersville being at the top of the region and everyone else fighting in the middle. We know that if we can beat the teams we are supposed to, then we will be in a good position.

“This week will set the tone for us with momentum and seeing if we can feel good about where we are going to be standing after the first half of region play.”

It was the first of three region contests this week for the Mountaineers, who host Coahulla Creek on Thurs-day and Gordon Central on Friday.

In the win over LFO, Brady Harper was 4-for-5 with four RBIs and a pair of runs scored to spark North Murray’s offense. Brady Frazier was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs, while Cole Vaughn and Blake Davis also each had a pair of hits.

Fellowship Christian 9, Christian Heritage 8: Fellowship scored all of its runs in the first three inn-ings, and the Lions couldn’t catch up in a Region 6-A game in Roswell.

Jake Stokes went 3-for-4 and scored three runs while driving in another for Christian Heritage (5-8, 2-6), while Spencer Robbins had a double as part of his 3-for-4 day.

Lions starting pitcher Trevor Brown was 2-for-4 at the plate, but the Paladins scored five runs (three earned) off of him in 1 1/3 innings of work. Chandler Coley gave up four runs in the third to give Fellowship Christian a 9-0 lead, but he settled down after that and held the Paladins scoreless the rest of the way.

The Lions scored three runs in the fourth, four in the fifth and another in the seventh before Fellowship closed it out.

Coahulla Creek 13, Gordon Central 3: Trent Collins was 3-for-3 with three RBIs and the Colts had their highest-scoring game of the year.

“We needed it,” Colts coach Michael Bolen said. “We needed one of those days where everyone hit. We scored most of our runs on little flares and finding holes, but we take what we can.”

Levi Wilson was 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored, while Ethan Whaley had a pair of hits and two runs scored. Braiden Jacobs drove in two runs and scored twice, while Erick Dominguez and Robbie Stavrow each drove in a run for the Colts (4-8, 1-2 Region 5-3A).

On the mound, Jacobs went the distance, giving up two hits and striking out three while improving to 2-2.

Southeast Whitfield 6, LaFayette 1: Rhett Harper pitched the entire game, striking out eight and allowing one earned run on three hits as the Raiders (8-5, 1-3 Sub-region 7B-4A) broke a four-game losing streak and earned their first sub-region win.

Blake Foster went 4-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored to lead the Raiders offensively, while Daniel Chavarria was 3-for-3 with two singles and an RBI triple and Colter Faith went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. Harper added an RBI single.

Southeast took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second, a 5-0 lead in the third and a 6-0 lead in the fourth.

• Murray County was scheduled to play at Region 7-2A opponent Dade County but did not report results by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.

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