Prep Roundup: Farmer wins title in 3,200
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Kenan Farmer
Kenan Farmer
One year after a second-place finish, Walton’s Kenan Farmer got the title that escaped him in the 3,200-meter run.

Farmer won the Class AAAAAA race Friday in Jefferson, besting the same runner that beat him in 2012.

Farmer finished in 9 minutes, 11.38 seconds, a 4½-second cushion over Peachtree Ridge’s Josh Brickell. It was the chance for Farmer to avenge his loss to Brickell in the Class AAAAA 3,200 last year.

Marietta’s Ben Pleak (9:29.16) was fifth.

It completed a successful state meet for Farmer, who was a close second to Mill Creek’s Tyler Woodrome in Thursday’s 1,600 run.

Farmer’s title gave Walton 10 points, raising its total to a third-place 24 in the Class AAAAAA team standings. The Raiders, however, only have one athlete in today’s finals — Brian Sullivan in the 800.

Aside from the 3,200, Friday’s competition was comprised of preliminaries for the remainder of the running events.

Cobb athletes will be seeded 1-2-3 in the Class AAAAAA 100 dash, with Marietta’s KirVonte Benson, Kennesaw Mountain’s Devin Putmon and Hillgrove’s Demetrius Duggans at the front.

Also in the AAAAAA competition, Campbell hurdler Allan Frye had the top time at both distances, 110 and 300.

Pope’s Patrick Fleming, Thursday’s Class AAAAA champion in the 1,600, had the top time in the 800 on Friday.


Tift County 4-4, McEachern 1-11:
Dalton Geekie and Sam Stephens hit back-to-back home runs to start the Indians’ late-inning rally and help them earn a doubleheader split in the opening round of the Class AAAAAA state playoffs.

Game 3 is scheduled for noon today.

After dropping Game 1, McEachern (23-5) trailed 4-1 heading to the fifth inning of Game 2. Geekie hit a two-run homer to pull the Indians within one, and Stephens followed with a solo shot to tie the game. Jarred Walker then walked, stole a base and came around to score on Nick Walker’s RBI single to give McEachern the lead.

The Indians put the game away with a five-run seventh inning.

Trey Harris was 5-for-5 with a double and an RBI, Geekie finished 3-for-5 and drove in three, Stephens was 2-for-5 with an RBI and Maxwell Watkins had a hit and drove in two.

Geekie earned the win in relief.

Tift County’s Zac Bullard shut down McEachern in Game 1, pitching a complete-game three-hitter.

Will Reinhardt’s two-run homer in the first provided Bullard with enough offense for the victory.

Kell 6-3, North Atlanta 1-1: Avery McReynolds and Weston Schmitter kept the Warriors in check as the Longhorns swept their way through the first-round series of the Class AAAAA playoffs.

Kell (18-8) will travel to East Paulding on Wednesday for Round 2.

McReynolds pitched a complete game in Game 1, scattering seven hits.

Bradley Taylor was 2-for-3 with an RBI, Kerrigan McManigal was 2-for-3 with a double. Jamari Moore was 2-for-3 and Bryce O’Brien added a hit and an RBI.

Schmitter pitched 5 1/3 innings in Game 2 to earn the victory. Grant Morgan came in for the final 1 2/3 to earn the save.

The Longhorns pushed all their runs across the plate in the bottom of the first inning. Taylor was 2-for-2 with an RBI, Moore had a hit and Brady Smith had two RBIs.

Mount Paran Christian 4-5, Aquinas 1-2: The Eagles got a pair of solid pitching performances from Andrew Maxwell and Jordan VerSteeg and swept their first-round series in the private-school Class A state playoffs.

Mount Paran Christian (24-2) will host Region 6A rival King’s Ridge Christian in a second-round series, which starts with a doubleheader Wednesday. The Eagles swept the teams’ two regular-season meetings.

Maxwell was the winner of Game 1 after throwing six innings of three-hit baseball and striking out eight. VerSteeg followed, taking a no-hitter into the sixth. He finished by pitching six innings, allowing one hit and struck out five.

Ryan Murphy took care of the offense in the first game with a home run that drove in two.

Tyler Flowers led the way in Game 2, going 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs, Jake Palomaki was 2-for-4 with a double, and the trio of Murphy, Matt McKenzie and Will Schnure each added a hit and an RBI.

Pope 7-11, Arabia Mountain 1-5: The Greyhounds scored five runs in the opening innings of both games, setting the tone in a sweep of the first-round Class AAAAA state playoff series.

Pope (20-8) plated its first five runs in the opening game by getting seven hits.

Nathaniel Lowe went 3-for-4 in the opener with a double and two runs scored. Stephen Skruck was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs, while Jacob Culberson was 2-for-2 with a double.

Patrick Wiseman threw five innings to get the win in Game 1. He gave up one unearned run on four hits and had five strikeouts. Brandon Zaremisky pitched the final two innings, striking out three and walking one.

The Greyhounds scored five first-inning runs in the nightcap by taking advantage of four errors.

Skruck was 3-for-4 with three doubles and three RBIs in the second game. Culberson was 3-for-4 with an RBI, and Lowe was 2-for-2 with an RBI double.

Pope will host the winner of the series between South Paulding and Winder-Barrow beginning Wednesday.

Lowndes 1-5, Hillgrove 0-3: The Hawks’ Matthew Vaccaro hit a game-tying single with two strikes and two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning of the second game to send it into extra innings, but the Hawks couldn’t come through in the ninth to keep the first-round Class AAAAAA state playoff series alive.

Vaccaro was 3-for-4 at the plate in Game 2 with two RBIs.

Mitchell Mannino overcame a rough first inning in the nightcap. After giving up a three-run home run, he went on to pitch 8 1/3 innings and give up five runs on six hits. He also struck out nine.

Lowndes gave up just two hits in the opener, to Mannino and Tyler Weyenberg.

Chase Adkins got the loss on the mound for the Hawks, giving up one run on six hits and striking out seven.


Whitefield Academy 9, Holy Innocents’ 5:
The Wolfpack rallied from a one-goal halftime deficit and won an unofficial Class A tournament at Pace Academy.

The four-team round-robin event pitted four of the top Class A programs, which otherwise play among teams from higher classifications.

Dallas Darling and Preston Blair each had three goals, while David Ballew had two and Alex Manning one. Max Rieves added three assists, and Justin Brendel had two.

Matt Milburn, the tournament’s most outstanding player, had 10 saves for Whitefield (15-3), which will travel to Blessed Trinity on Tuesday in the opening round of the Class A-AAAAA state playoffs.

Chris Washington and Sky Dupree, Manning and Darling were selected to the all-tournament team.

Kell 10, Riverwood 9 (OT): Devin Llerandi scored in overtime to give the Longhorns the Area 2A-AAAAA victory.

Damien Prosser had two goals for Kell (9-9), which closed out its regular season. Alex Jaramillo, Zach Van Kauwenberg and Riki Kujanpaa each had one goal.

Llerandi finished with three scores, while his brother, Devin, had two.

Luke Harris collected nine saves for Kell.


Sprayberry 14, Hillgrove 8:
Taylor McGhee scored four goals with three assists to lead the Lady Yellow Jackets to a non-area win.

Gaby Lohner scored four goals, Caroline Curtis had three goals, Katie Tokos finished with two goals and Ashley Russo added one.

Julie Abney made 12 saves for Sprayberry (9-8), which will open the state Class A-AAAAA state playoffs at Marist on Wednesday.

Walton 13, Roswell 5: Hannah Ashmore and Annie Poling each scored three goals as the Lady Raiders closed out the regular season with an Area 2AAAAAA road victory.

Erin McBride totaled two goals and an assist for Walton (15-1-2, 6-1) which secured the area No. 2 seed and will host a first-round state playoff game Tuesday.

Hunter Corvin netted two goals, and Sophia Watkins added one goal and two assists. Rachel Damico and Maddie Weiss each had one goal.

Emily James collected 13 saves in the victory.

Milton 21, Lassiter 10: The Lady Trojans had the gap within 11-8 with 13 minutes to play, but the powerhouse Lady Eagles closed the game with a dominating run.

Cydney Tutchton led Lasstier (12-5-1, 6-2 Area 2AAAAAA) with four goals and an assist, while Johnna Fusco had a goal and five assists. Alex Fusco added three goals, and Alyssa Gattis had two.

Madie Pollack had six saves as a fill-in for injured goalkeeper Lauren Wetherhead.

Having closed the regular season, Lassiter will await its seeding for the state playoffs next week.

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