March 23, 2014

Middle school roundup: Christian Heritage baseball starts season strong

Christian Heritage’s middle school baseball team won five games in 10 days, highlighted by a come-from-behind win Saturday against New Hope.

Zach Gentry drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning as the Lions won 5-3. He also had an RBI hit earlier in the game.

Jaret Slaten pitched five innings and allowed no earned runs, one hit, six walks and recorded five struckouts. Dillon Clark’s single in the first inning brought home Sebastian Orozco for an early 1-0 New Hope lead.

New Hope coaches did not report statistics by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.

On Friday, Christian Heritage won 9-2 against Grace Academy. The Lions scored four runs in the sixth inning with RBIs from Nick Hagin, Nate Bonner and Preston oag. Bonner finished with two RBIs, and Gentry pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed one earned run off five hits while striking out eight. Slaten’s RBI double in the first inning gave Christian Heritage an early lead, and Logan McCurdy singled to bring Bonner home in the fifth.

Christian Heritage won 14-2 on Thursday against Tennessee Christian Preparatory School of Cleveland, Tenn. Christian Humphrey, McCurdy and Jack Ridley tallied eight strikeouts and walked four in the combined no-hitter. Hagin had an RBI triple, Bonner had an RBI single and Poag stole home just in the first inning. Slaten had an RBI single in the second inning. Ridley finished 2-for-2.

Christian Heritage also earned a blowout victory on March 15 when the Lions won 13-0 against Boyd-Buchanan. The Lions scored 10 runs in the first three innings. Gentry had an RBI single and Ridley added an RBI double in the first inning. Gentry had three RBIs and also got the win on the mound with two shutout innings and one hit, one walk and one strikeout.

Gentry also singled home Wyatt Huggins in the fourth inning, and Hackney stole home.

In the season’s first game, on March 13, Christian Heritagewon 11-1 against Irish Baseball.

Poag finished 2-for-2 with a double, while Hagin pitched two innings of no-hit ball, didn’t allow any earned runs or walks and struck out three. Staten earned the win in relief with two innings and one run allowed. With the game tied 1-1, Christian Heritage scored twice in the third inning with Poag’s RBI single following Hagin’s RBI ground out. The Lions scored seven runs in the fifth inning.

North Whitfield 8, New Hope 2: Will Douglas had a solo home run and pitched five innings, allowing two runs and striking out eight batters, to help New Hope (4-0) win Wednesday at Edwards Park.

Grant Ogle pitched the final two innings, allowing just two hits and earning three strikeouts. Ethan Arnold had a two-hit day, and Tanner Kilgore had three RBIs, including a bases-loaded double.

New Hope coaches did not report statistics by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.

Gladden 5, New Hope 2: Kyle Dotson pitched a complete game Thursday to help Gladden (2-2) earn the win.

Jasper O’Dell had a home run.

New Hope coaches did not report statistics by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.

Dalton 3, Ocoee 3: In a game suspended after seven innings Friday night due to darkness at the Chattanooga Lookouts’ AT&T Field, the visiting Cougars (4-0-1) rallied with three runs in the seventh inning to tie the game.

J.P. Tighe finished 3-for-4 and also pitched five innings for Dalton, allowing one run off three hits and striking out three. Noah Bartoo went 2-for-3 with a double, and Gavin Defoor had a two-run single in Dalton’s last at-bat.

Dalton relief pitcher Cade Gabriel struck out all three Ocoee batters in the bottom of the seventh.

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