March 27, 2014

Prep roundup: North Murray tops Coahulla Creek on diamond

North Murray High School’s baseball team only had four hits and Mountaineers starting pitcher Cole Vaughn gave up eight walks against Coahulla Creek in a key Region 5-3A game on Thursday.

But North Murray coach David Redmond was more than happy after his team made the absolute most of those four hits and were never hurt by the walks in a 5-0 win over the Colts in Chatsworth.

The Mountaineers are 7-9 overall, but they are 3-1 in region play. After losing to Ringgold last week, North Murray has won two straight and is scheduled to host Gordon Central today in another region contest.

“We talked earlier this week to the guys about how we needed to take care of these three games this week,” Redmond said. “We thought Coahulla Creek would be a real good gauge of where we were. We were on the plus side of it, and it was a real good game.”

North Murray started quick with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first, loading the bases on a walk by Brady Harper, a single by Aaron Granger and a bunt single by Vaughn. Blake Davis grounded to first to bring in Harper and Granger made it 2-0 when he scored on a fielder’s choice to short by Lake Burris.

In the fifth, Granger got things started with a single and then scored on a hit-and-run double to the right-center gap by Vaughn. Burris had another RBI on a fielder’s choice with runners on second and third, while Alex Viars brought in the other run with another groundout.

Granger and Vaughn were both 2-for-3 and had all of North Murray’s hits.

“We have to make sure that we capitalize on all of our opportunities, and they did that well tonight,” Redmond said.

Coahulla Creek (4-9, 1-3) had chances with Vaughn putting Colts on, but they stranded 10 runners, and a single by Levi Wilson in the third and a pinch-hit double by Tanner Cronan with no one on in the sixth were the only hits Coahulla Creek could generate.

“They had some timely hits and executed in situations where we didn’t tonight,” Coahulla Creek coach Michael Bolen said.

Vaughn went the distance, striking out nine. Zack Glines went five innings for the Colts, taking the loss as all five runs were earned.

Mount Paran Christian 15, Christian Heritage 2: The Eagles took advantage of nine walks by Christian Heritage pitching and tacked six runs on in the top of the seventh to take the Region 6-A victory at Christian Heritage.

Nich Bartley was the lone Christian Heri-tage player with multiple hits — finishing 2-for-4 — and Jake Stokes had an RBI for the Lions (5-9, 2-7).

• Dalton split a doubleheader with Ridge-land in Rossville, giving the Catamounts their first Sub-region 7B-4A loss of the season. Dalton won the opening game 9-7, but managed just four hits in a 3-2 finale.

In the opener, Cole Shelton was 2-for-2 with a pair of RBIs, and Jase Chastain and Grant Sane each had a pair of hits. Chastain and Kaleb Hill also drove in a pair of runs. Jackson Bell gave up just one earned run in 5 2/3 innings of work to get the victory on the mound.

In the second game, Jake Roberts drove in both of Dalton’s runs as Ridgeland was able to salvage a game in the three-game series with the Cats (10-4, 5-1).

Northwest Whitfield 7, Heritage-Catoosa 1: The visiting Bruins (10-3) remained undefeated in Sub-region 7B-4A through six league games — and finally didn’t need any late-game heroics to beat the Generals (7-7, 3-3).

Phillip Hammonds pitched 1 1/3 innings, allowing one unearned run on two hits and three walks. Seth Pierce pitched the rest of the way, 5 2/3 innings, allowing three hits and one walk while striking out 13.

Hammonds left with the game tied, one out in the second inning and runners on first and third.

“We were planning on pitching Seth for a lot of the game,” Northwest coach Todd Middleton said. “Phillip got us into the game. Seth pitched a little last night and we knew he wouldn’t pitch the entire game. Phillip did fine.”

In a Wednesday doubleheader, Northwest won the first two games of the series 4-3 and 3-2 with game-winning runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Diego Peralta finished 3-for-4 on Thursday, including a solo home run in the first. Edwin Hernandez and Pierce each had sacrifice flies in the third to give the Bruins a 3-1 lead. Caleb Shiflett added a two-run double in the fifth inning for a 5-1 lead, while Walker Maret was 2-for-3 with an RBI in Northwest’s two-run seventh inning.

“We still didn’t knock the cover off the ball,” Middleton said. “I think we left the bases loaded twice.”

Southeast Whitfield 11, LaFayette 10 (eight innings): Keaton McCutchen singled in the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth, and Rhett Harper got the win on the mound with three innings of relief work as the Raiders swept the Sub-region 7B-4A series on the road.

Harper was 3-for-3 with a pair of runs scored, while starting pitcher Noah Ramsey drove in three runs with a sacrifice fly and a two-run single. Ty Pendley was 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI, Blake Foster was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs, and Chase Jenkins and Hunter Young were both 2-for-4 for the Raiders (10-5, 3-3).

• Results from Murray County’s game against visiting Armuchee were not reported by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.

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