Prep Roundup: Hillgrove wins consolation game
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Hillgrove trailed by one point at halftime, but it made a run towards the end of the third period and into the fourth to take control and beat Campbell 62-53 on Wednesday in the consolation game of the Region 4AAAAAA tournament at McEachern.

Hillgrove earned the region’s No. 3 playoff seed and will go on the road to play Newton in the first round of the Class AAAAAA state tournament. Campbell will be the No. 4 seed and will visit Luella in the first round.

Kyle Castlin led Hillgrove with 17 points, while Jourdan Julian made five 3-pointers and also finished with 17. B.J. Brown totaled 12 points.

Laz Walker had 18 points for Campbell, while Michael Olmert chipped in 16.


Kennesaw Mountain 5, Kell 1:
The Mustangs’ Tyler Stephenson put the game out of reach with his arm and his bat.

Stephenson pitched the final two innings of relief, striking out five of the six batters he faced, and drove in a run with a double as part of Kennesaw Mountain’s four-run sixth inning.

Hampton Clark added two RBIs for the Mustangs (1-1), while Chase Slone got the win after not allowing an earned run over five innings.

Kell (0-2) got its lone run off a passed ball in the third inning.

Kennesaw Mountain will travel to Lassiter on Friday, while Kell will travel to the coast for the annual Baseball at the Beach event.

Campbell 8, Osborne 6: Campbell scored twice in the seventh to rally for the season-opening road win.

Imani Willis had three of the Spartans’ 12 hits. He was 3-for-5 with a triple, double and two RBIs, while Austin Green went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs.

Zac New came on in relief to get the win. He threw three innings with one earned run off one hit.

Walker 16, Mount Zion-Carroll 0 (4 inn.): Zach Eikost struck out 10 in pitching a no-hitter for Walker’s first victory of the season.

The Wolverines (1-1) led 1-0 after two innings, before scoring seven in the third and eight in the fourth to earn the lopsided win.

Jake Depiero was 3-for-3, while Gaines Lahue and Alex Watkins each had two of Walker’s 12 hits. Kevin Bray doubled, Eikost had a hit and James Pittinger had a home run.

Walker will host Darlington on Feb. 27.


Hillgrove 9, Paulding County 0:
Three players had two goals apiece as the Hawks cruised to the non-region victory.

Mo Jallow, Alex Kandilarov and Andrew Gaughan each scored twice, with Jallow also contributing a pair of assists.

Alec Goetz, A.J. Jallow and Slaymon Shukoor completed the scoring, with A.J. Jallow and Shukoor adding assists.

Justin Higgins recorded the shutout for Hillgrove (1-1), which will travel Friday to Kell.

Walker 5, Holy Innocents’ 4: In a rematch of the Class A state quarterfinal from a year ago, Walker rallied from a 3-0 halftime deficit to win the season-opening non-area home game.

The Wolverines battled back from deficits of 3-0, 3-2 and 4-2 before scoring twice late in the second half to tie. Parker Smith, who had two goals, connected on one of his two assists to Jack Johnson, who scored the game-winner with 1:11 left on the clock.

Read Baca had a goal and an assist for Walker (1-0), while Luke Hathaway scored and Kalim Kalla added an assist.

Colby Turner finished with five saves despite an injury. Sammy Smith picked up three saves in 30 minutes of the first half before Turner returned to complete the game.

Walker has its first area game at home Friday against Christian Heritage.


Pope 2, North Paulding 0:
The Lady Greyhounds scored once in each half, opening the season with a road victory.

Alexa Moore and Amanda Horton scored, with the respective assists coming from Goodwin Brown and Emma Kate Lewis.

Natalia Icen and Blaire Shortland split the shutout, each saving a single shot.

Pope (1-0) will host east Cobb rival Walton on Friday.


Harrison 12, Lovett 10:
The Lady Hoyas evened their early-season record at 1-1, holding on for the non-area road win.

Harrison had doubled-up on Lovett in the first half, leading 8-4 at the break.

Taylor Sutton led the way with five goals, with Regan Payne and Katie DeFine each adding two.

Lilly Chriszt had 10 saves for Harrison, which will be off until hosting Pope on Feb. 27.

Pope 10, Wheeler 3: Zoe Szczotka scored six goals and added one assist in leading Pope to its season-opening win on the road.

Jenn Lyons had two goals for the Lady Greyhounds (1-0), who led 9-1 at halftime. Maddie DeFrank chipped in a goal and three assists, while Julia Lanza had a goal and an assist.

Shelby Sands collected three saves for Pope, which is at Blessed Trinity on Wednesday.

Kell 19, Sprayberry 2: Kell led 11-1 at halftime and cruised to the season-opening road win.

Talen Francis had five goals for the Lady Longhorns (1-0). Haley Swift had three goals and three assists, while Hannah Nemeck earned three goals and two assists, and Izzy Palermo contributed three goals.

Leslie Ferguson finished with a goal and two assists. Jessica Armstrong and Katherine Gross each had one goal and one assist.

Britta Baugham totaled six saves for Kell, which is at Darlington on Wednesday.


Walton 5, North Cobb 0:
The Raiders opened the season in commanding fashion, beating a returning state runner-up team hit hard by graduation.

Walton (1-0) only allowed one game in singles play, with Eric Wagasky, Francis Yang and Trevor Croyder getting the wins.

Crews Enochs and Raymond Zhang only allowed one game at No. 1 doubles, while Alex McNeel and Kevin Zhang allowed two at No. 2.

Walton will continue its non-region schedule today at Westminster.


Walton 5, North Cobb 0:
Following its undefeated state championship season, Walton continued its winning streak with a season-opening win at North Cobb.

Suzanne Zenoni, Johanna Keeline and Emily Gaskins each won 6-0, 6-0 in singles play.

Katie Riley and Jessica Cramer captured a 6-2, 6-2 victory at No. 1 doubles, while Erica Bauer and Sophia Guldberg won 6-1, 6-2 at No. 2.

Walton is at Westminster today.
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