Prep Roundup: Pope beats Kell on passed ball
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After rallying for the tie in the top of the seventh inning, Kell lost the game in the bottom half 7-6 to Pope on Friday on one of baseball’s simplest plays — a passed ball.

Logan Taylor scored the walk-off run with two outs, after Kell’s catcher mishandled a pitch with the bases loaded.

Kell (9-4, 6-2) had tied the game with two-out production of its own, as Alec Stockton’s two-run double down the left-field line scored Brady Smith and Bradley Taylor.

Nathaniel Lowe was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs for Pope (8-5, 7-2). Steven Skruck and Jacob Culbertson each homered, and Nathan Shiflett was 2-for-4 with a run.

Braden Zarbinsky (1-2) earned the win in relief, striking out two in the seventh inning.

Pope will travel to Sequoyah on Wednesday, two days after Kell goes there.

Creekview 5, Sprayberry 4 (8 inn.): After no-hitting the Grizzlies through the first five innings, the Yellow Jackets’ McKenzie Mills ran into his first trouble.

Mills walked the bases loaded, and a passed ball scored Creekview’s first run. A groundout brought another run home without benefit of a hit before Nick Williams’ two-run home run gave the Grizzlies a 4-all tie.

Creekview went on to win in the eighth, on a pinch-hit single by Ryan Stevens.

Spencer Beyers was 2-for-3 with a walk and a run for Sprayberry (5-8, 5-3), while Bobby Gauvreau was 1-for-3 with a walk.

The Yellow Jackets will try to bounce back by hosting Osborne on Monday.

Harrison 12, Campell 6: Harrison scored four runs in the third and five more in the fifth en route to the Region 4AAAAAA home win.

Avery Greer pitched two-thirds of an inning for Harrison before leaving with a right elbow strain injury. Andrew Patrick (4-0) allowed three runs — one earned — and struck out seven in five innings of relief to get the win.

Nick Sexton batted 3-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and a stolen base for the Indians (7-6, 4-0). Hunter Fortner was 2-for-3 with a double. Tony Flores and Patrick each two-RBI singles in the fifth. Austin Kuchinski also had two RBIs.

Campbell’s Imani Willis batted 3-for-3 with a double, three runs scored and two RBI. He also had three stolen bases.

Harrison is at McEachern Monday.

North Cobb 9, South Cobb 5: Chad McClanahan, who was 3-for-4, blasted a grand slam in North Cobb’s five-run fourth inning and he finished with six RBIs to lift the Warriors to the Region 4AAAAAA home win.

McClanahan also scored twice and had a stolen base. He gave up one earned run on two hits while striking out five in 2 2/3 relief innings. Eli Sepnieski was 2-for-3 with a double and scored twice.

Joe Braun (1-2) picked up the win for the Warriors (8-6, 4-2). He allowed four earned runs on seven hits while striking out four in 4 1/3 innings.

Tyler Minkkinen batted 2-for-4 with a double for South Cobb, while Avery Williams was 3-for-4.

North Cobb hosts Campbell Monday.

BOYS SOCCER

Sprayberry 2, Pope 1 (PK):
Eric Aguirre made two saves during the penalty kick shootout to help the Yellow Jackets earn the Region 7AAAAA victory.

Adrian Rodriguez made the deciding penalty kick as Sprayberry outshot Pope 4-3 in penalty kicks to secure the win.

Antonio Valenzuela scored the Yellow Jackets’ goal in regulation off an assist from Rodrigo Blankenship.

Sprayberry played last 20 minutes and overtime a man down after being assessed a red card.

The Yellow Jackets (7-4, 3-2) will host South Paulding on Tuesday.

Lassiter 5, Wheeler 0: Munear Abousaud and Alex Champion each scored two goals and had an assist as the Trojans rolled over their Region 5AAAAAA rival.

Robbie Cutchin had a goal and an assist and Trey Luscre added an assist.

Justin Shaw made five saves to earn the shutout.

Lassiter (11-0, 4-0) will travel to Etowah on Tuesday.

Hillgrove 4, South Cobb 3 (OT): Andrew Gaughan scored the game-winner off an assist from Bryce Acton with one minute and twenty seconds left in the second overtime to lift Hillgrove to the Region 4AAAAAA road win.

The game was tied at 2-all at halftime, but the Eagles managed to take a 3-2 second half margin. Cesar Rodas tallied the game-tying goal in regulation off an assist from Alex Kandilarov with about 12 minutes left and the teams went into overtime tied at 3-all.

Gaughan scored twice for Hillgrove (2-8, 1-4), while Acton also had a goal.

Robert Nettina had four saves for the Hawks. Reserve Adam Wihr stopped one shot over a portion of the second half and overtime.

Hillgrove takes on Marietta Tuesday.

GIRLS SOCCER

Lassiter 3, Wheeler 0:
Kalee Hamilton and Brittany Rouker each scored first-half goals to lead the Lady Trojans to a Regon 5AAAAAA victory.

Bree Thompson added the final goal.

Shannon DeSantis and Megan Richardson earned the shutout for Lassiter.

The Lady Trojans (9-2-1, 4-0) will host Etowah on Wednesday.

Hillgrove 10, South Cobb 0: Maggie Gaughan scored three goals and added an assist to lead the Lady Hawks to the Region 4AAAAAA victory

Nathalie Montana scored two goals with an assist, Sydney Clark finished with two goals and Emma Dawson added two assists.

Hillgrove (10-3-1, 4-1) will host Marietta on Tuesday.

Allatoona 6, Rome 1: Willough Davis scored three goals to lead the Lady Buccaneers to a Region 5AAAAA victory.

Sammi Jacob and Ash Das each scored a goal and had an assist, Caroline Golic had a goal and Aleiya Armstrong and Mackenzie Anderson each added an assist.

Allatoona (4-4-1, 3-2) will travel to South Paulding on Monday.

Walton 2, Etowah 1 (PK): Erica Langhorne’s game-winning goal, coupled with a pair of saves by Michel Fernandez gave the Lady Raiders a 4-2 edge on penalty kicks.

Leigh Purinton, who also scored a penalty kick, helped Walton (7-3-2, 2-1) tie the game with her goal with 12 minutes left in regulation.

Mandi Goodman and Lucy Sanders added goals in the penalty kick phase.

Fernandez had nine saves through regulation and overtime for Walton, which will travel Tuesday at Cherokee.

Kennesaw Mountain 7, McEachern 0: Kennesaw Mountain exploded for six second half goals and blanked the Lady Indians to pick up the Region 4AAAAAA home win.

Vannah Moreland scored three of her four goals in the second half for the Lady Mustangs (7-5, 3-1). Tayler Hartrampf had two goals and Nicole Guajardo finished with a goal and an assist. Jasmine Lanuza also earned an assist for Kennesaw Mountain.

Meredith Bailey and Taylor Parker combined on the shutout.

Kennesaw Mountain is at Campbell Tuesday.

Late Thursday

Whitefield Academy 5, Atlanta International 1:
Frances Hamilton scored twice to lead the Lady Wolfpack to non-area win.

Hannah Grace Miller, Caitlin Hesse and Logan Pierce also scored for Whitefield (5-2), which will host Darlington in an Area 7A game Monday.

BOYS LACROSSE

Whitefield Academy 9, Brentwood (Tenn.) 5:
The Wolfpack led 4-3 at halftime before taking down the No. 2 ranked team in Tennessee at home.

Dallas Darling scored three goals for Whitefield (6-2), while Justin Brendel had two. Four other players each scored one goal.

Matt Milburn totaled four saves for Whitefield, which is at Northgate Wednesday.

GIRLS LACROSSE

Pope 18, Hillgrove 10:
Pope lead 8-4 at halftime before outscoring the Lady Hawks 10-2 in the second half.

Zoe Szczotka netted five goals and an assist for the Lady Greyhounds (4-5), while Caitlin McLaney had four scores.

Sophia Bowers also had four goals, while Shelby Sands collected 10 saves.

Pope is at Creekview Tuesday.

BOYS TENNIS

Pace Academy 4, Whitefield Academy 1:
Bennett Shilling was the Wolfpack’s lone winner, winning 6-2, 6-1 at No. 3 singles.

Whitefield’s four losses all came in straight sets.

GIRLS TENNIS

Whitefield Academy 4, Pace Academy 1:
No. 2 singles was the lone blemish for the Lady Wolfpack in the non-area match played with 8-point pro sets.

Rachel Hicks and Annie Sickling won in singles play. Caroline Holliday and Megan Schwarzkopf joined the pairing of Cassie Clementi and Megan Smith with doubles wins.

Pope 5, Osborne 0: Taylor Reed and Kate Weber each won singles matches 6-0, 6-0 to lead the Lady Greyhounds to a Region 7AAAAA win.

The doubles teams of Lauren Husney and Katie Story as well as Meghan Matsumdo and Lindsay Roberts also won 6-0, 6-0.

Allison Game won the other singles match 6-1, 6-3.

Pope (6-7, 5-5) will travel to North Springs today.
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