Prep Roundup: Sprayberry upsets region-leading Pope
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McKenzie Mills struck out 11 in a complete game, and Sprayberry upset Region 7AAAAA leader Pope 5-2 on Saturday.

The loss stripped Pope (17-7, 15-3) of the chance to clinch the region championship, instead turning the standings into a potential logjam between the Greyhounds and fellow contenders Kell — which it will travel to Monday — and Creekview.

Sprayberry (9-13, 9-8), though it sits in a three-way tie for sixth, is still clinging onto hopes of clinching the region’s fourth and final playoff seed, but it must win its final three games, beginning with Monday’s game at Creekview.

In addition to his strikeout-laden game, Mills (3-3) held Pope to three hits and three walks, and the two runs he allowed were unearned.

Michael Chavis helped spark the Yellow Jackets’ offense with a two-run home run, his ninth of the season. Nick Hartney also had an RBI.

Kell 9, Cambridge 0: Bradley Taylor hit a two-run home run and drove in three runs, and the Longhorns won the Region 7AAAAA road game to remain in the region title hunt.

Jamari Moore drove in two runs, while Brady Smith and Brice O’Brien each had one RBI. Taylor and Smith had two hits apiece.

Smith (5-2) also emerged as the winning pitcher, striking out five and holding Cambridge to three hits and a walk over six innings.

North Cobb 5, Marietta 4 (9 inn.): Patrick Smith’s two-out single plated Trevor Devine with the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning as the Warriors held off the Blue Devils to take the Region 4AAAAAA road game.

Devine led off the inning with a single and stole second. Eli Sepnieski walked, but after back-to-back outs, Smith’s single scored Devine from second to give North Cobb the lead.

Devine (6-2) also picked up the win in relief after giving up one hit and striking out two while shutting out Marietta over the final two innings.

North Cobb (12-10, 7-6) scored three runs in the first inning and led 4-0 entering the bottom of the sixth, which is when Marietta (17-6, 10-3) struck for four runs to knot the game at 4-all. Walks, errors and some clutch hits helped bring the Blue Devils back in the sixth.

Tyler Martin batted 3-for-5 with an RBI to lead North Cobb. Devine was 2-for-5 and scored twice, while Smith also had two hits. Chad McClanahan had a two-run double.

North Cobb will host Marietta on Monday.

Harrison 11, South Cobb 4: The Hoyas scored seven runs over the first two innings, on their way to the Region 4AAAAAA road victory.

Nine batters came to the plate for Harrison (11-12, 8-5) in its five-run second inning. All five runs were scored with two outs, and the Hoyas, who had 16 total hits, connected on five consecutive singles in the inning.

Cameron Iszler and Austin Kuchinski each hit 3-for-4 and scored three times for Harrison. Will Jones batted 3-for-4 with an RBI, while Hunter Fortner had two RBIs. Ross Neely was 1-for-3 with three RBIs, Nick Sexton had an RBI and Tony Flores batted 2-for-4 and scored a run.

Andrew Patrick (6-1) recorded the victory after giving up one earned run on four hits while striking out five in six innings.

Harrison will host South Cobb on Monday.

Mount Paran Christian 10, North Cobb Christian 0 (5 inn.): Jake Palomaki was 3-for-4, and Matt McKenzie had a two-run home run to lead the Eagles to a Region 6A victory.

Ryan Murphy was 2-for-3 with a double, Keith Johnson went 2-for-3, Jordan VerSteeg finished 2-for-2 with a run batted in and Kyle Trammel added a hit and drove in two.

Colton Cannon picked up the win as he and two other pitchers combined on a one-hitter.

Mount Paran (19-3, 15-2) will host Mount Pisgah Christian on Monday.


Walton 14, Roswell 3:
The Area 2AAAAAA rout allowed the Raiders to pull one win away from clinching a No. 2 seed for the state playoffs.

After Roswell scored to take the initial lead, Walton (9-5, 5-2) scored the next five goals to take a lead it never relinquished.

Andrew Ashmore led the Raiders with three goals, while Kip Jones had two goals and two assists. Alex Baker also had two goals, and Michael Gernatt contributed a goal and three assists.

Gernatt, along with a six-save game for goalkeeper Jake Hornberger, also helped the defense force Roswell into a season-low goal total.

After a pair of non-area games against Chattahoochee and McIntosh, Walton can clinch the No. 2 seed by beating Woodstock on May 2.


Pope 3, Tullahoma (Tenn.) 0:
After a scoreless first half, the Greyhounds erupted for three second-half goals to take the road win.

Ian VanBuskirk scored the first goal for Pope (10-5-1). Ben Doran assisted on Zach McCown’s score, and Jordan Leiberbaum helped out on Sean Hatcher’s goal.

Hatcher didn’t collect a save as the first-half goalkeeper. Alex Kokan stopped two shots in the second half.

Pope will host Blessed Trinity on Tuesday.

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