April 17, 2014

Prep baseball: Cats must win today to clinch No. 2 seed

Dalton High School’s baseball team led 6-5 against visiting Heritage-Catoosa as late as the fifth inning with a chance to clinch second place in Sub-region 7B-4A.

Then everything came apart, and the Catamounts will have to try again to take second today.

The Generals scored three runs in the fifth inning and six more in the seventh to win 14-6. The teams are both 9-5 in sub-region games and play at 5:30 p.m. today at Heritage’s field in Ringgold.

Dalton (14-9) took a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning for its first lead of the game. Heritage (13-9) didn’t go away.

“We got up and then the bottom fell out,” Dalton coach Shane Ram-sey said.

Dalton earned a 6-3 win Wed-nesday in the first of the three-game set. The winner of today’s game finishes second in the sub-region and will host next week in the Region 7-4A playoffs against Sub-region 7A’s third seed.

Whichever team loses must travel for a three-game series against 7A’s No. 2 seed.

Jase Chastain went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and another RBI. Cole Shelton and Charlie Martin each finished 1-for-3 with an RBI. Jake Roberts finished 2-for-3.

Northwest Whitfield 4, LaFayette 0: Andy Whisenant and Logan Hilton combined on a one-hit shutout as the Bruins (17-4, 13-1 Sub-region 7B-4A) did all of their offensive damage in the first inning and took the win.

Whisenant pitched four innings of no-hit ball, striking out five. Hilton gave up just one hit in his three innings against the Ramblers.

At the plate, Whisenant led the game off with a double and later scored on an RBI single by Edwin Hernandez. Seth Pierce had an RBI double in the inning, and Chris Shiflett had an RBI single.

North Murray 10, Gordon Central 0: The Mountaineers bounced back for a Region 5-3A victory a day after suffering a 7-5 loss at Coahulla Creek.

Cole Vaughn earned the win as he pitched all five innings — the game was shortened by two innings thanks to the Georgia High School Association’s mercy rule — allowing two hits and a walk while striking out nine.

Blake Davis, Aaron Granger and Alex Viars each went 3-for-4 — Viars drove in a run and Davis had a double — to lead the Mountaineers (10-14, 6-6 Region 5-3A), who scored six runs in the third and four in the fourth. They finished with 16 hits.

Caleb Campbell and Brady Harper each went 2-for-3 — Harper collected a pair of RBIs — while Lake Burris added a two-run home run and Brody Frazier doubled and drove in two runs.

Going into Thursday’s games, North Murray and Adairsville were tied for fourth in the region standings. They split their home-and-home season series, and North Murray coach David Redmond said the next tiebreaker is runs allowed in head-to-head games, a category North Murray leads 4-3.

North Murray hosts Sonoraville today and closes the season against visiting Cartersville on Tuesday.

Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe 7, Coahulla Creek 5: Michael Ward was perfect at the plate with a 5-for-5 performance, but giving up walks and hitting batters doomed the Colts (6-15, 3-9 Region 5-3A).

Ward had an RBI and scored a pair of runs, but Coahulla Creek pitchers walked six and hit four more as the Warriors scored their seven runs on just four hits. In addition to Ward, Hayden Lock led the offense with a 2-for-4 day and a pair of RBIs.

Christian Heritage 5, Trion 0: Lions senior Chandler Coley crafted what coach Noah Stokes said is one of his team’s best pitching performances this season to win at home.

Coley allowed five hits and a walk in the complete-game effort and was backed by solid defense, Stokes said.

Jonathan Lewallen was 2-for-3 with an RBI to lead the Lions (8-11, 4-8 Region 6-A), who scored two runs in the second and three in the third, while Spencer Robbins and Chase Tidwell each went 2-for-4 and drove in a run. Nich Bartley added an RBI double.

Ridgeland 3, Southeast Whitfield 2: Rhett Harper scattered three hits and struck out eight in pitching the complete game, but all three runs the Raiders (12-10, 5-8) gave up were unearned in the loss.

Ty Pendley was the only Southeast player with multiple hits, going 2-for-4 as the team had just five hits.

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

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