Prep Roundup: Harrison beats Cherokee; Elkins wins 299th as coach
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Tanner Weeks drove in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh Saturday, giving Harrison a 2-1 win over Cherokee and putting coach Mark Elkins on the cusp of a milestone victory.

Elkins, in his 22nd season at Harrison and the 16th as head coach, can earn his 300th career victory Monday, when the Hoyas (5-1) host Lassiter at Don Shaw Field.

After a fifth-inning home run by Cherokee’s T.J. Waterbor tied the score at 1-all, Harrison got things in motion when Andrew Burchill drew a walk in the seventh.

Tyler Elkins, the coach’s son, laid down a bunt to advance pinch-runner Dan Brock to second, and that allowed Weeks to connect for a single to left field to score Brock.

Cook and James Williams each went 2-for-3 for the Hoyas.

Jake Shelby (1-0) earned the win in relief of Williams, allowing one hit over 2 2/3 innings of relief. Williams struck out seven in the start.

Allatoona 4, Villa Rica 3 (8 inn.): Pete Derkay put the Buccaneers ahead in the eighth inning, putting it in the hands of reliever Grayson Harbin.

Harbin did his job, retiring the side after hitting the leadoff batter with a pitch. In all, Harbin (1-0) struck out three and didn’t allow a hit in two innings of relief.

Derkay’s eighth-inning double down the left-field line scored Clarke Schmidt, who reached on a single and made it to second on an errant throw.

Brady Eeles was 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Jordan Wilmert also drove in a run.

Lassiter 11, McEachern 10: Davis True’s single to right field in the bottom of the seventh brought home the winning run as the Trojans downed the Indians in a non-region contest.

Lassiter (2-4) scored in every inning but the first.

Casey Robbins went 2-for-3 with two doubles and drove in two, Grant Berry was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, Matt McGuire went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs, Taylor Giles had a hit and drove in two and True finished with two RBIs. Randall Heller went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI and Nicky Esposito had a pair of doubles.

Brent Alford led McEachern, as he went 2-for-4 with a pair of triples and an RBI. Trey Harris was 3-for-4.

Kell 8, Pope 1: The Longhorns sent 12 men to the plate in an eight-run fifth inning as they rolled to a Region 7AAAAA victory.

Kell (3-5, 1-2) sent the first eight batters to the plate without making an out. The Longhorns got an error and then seven straight hits.

Austin Guelzo went 2-for-3 with an RBI, Justin Russell was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI and Andrew Mitchell finished 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Chris Lucero pitched a complete game, scattered seven hits and struck out four to earn the win.

South Cobb 7, Wheeler 6: South Cobb rallied from a 6-2 fifth inning deficit to claim the non-region home win.

The Eagles (6-2) scored twice in the bottom of the fifth to pull to within two and plated three runners in the sixth to take the 1-run lead.

Nathan Golden (2-1) gave up one hit and didn’t allow a run over 2 2/3 innings to get the win. He pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the seventh to end the game.

Thomas Leffew batted 3-for-4 with two RBI, two runs scored and a double for the Eagles, who pounded out 10 hits and scored a few runs off seven Wheeler errors. Marion Hines was 2-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored and Alex Rodriguez also had a RBI.

North Cobb 8, Adairsville 0: Elijah Sepnieski excelled from the mound and behind the plate in North Cobb’s home shutout.

Sepnieski (2-0) had two hits and four RBI for the Warriors (4-2), and gave up two hits with a career-high 12 strikeouts over six scoreless innings.

Trevor Devine was hit a triple and scored twice. Tyler Martin doubled and scored a run.

Hillgrove 5, Mountain Brook (Ala.) 4: Hillgrove scored four runs in the fifth and added an insurance run in the sixth to claim the victory at Hoover (Ala.) High School.

John Devine had a 2-run double in the fifth, while Carter Landreth had a RBI double in the frame. Greg Perkins also had a fifth-inning RBI. The Hawks’ Channing Painton scored off an error in the sixth for a 5-1 lead.

Starter Chandler Joyner (1-0) allowed one earned run on two hits while striking out two in four innings. Jacob Nix gave up one earned run on three hits and three strikeouts over 2-2/3 innings to pick up the save.

Alex Garland was 2-for-3 with a stolen base and Painton was 2-for-2 with two runs scored.

Hoover (Ala.) 3, Hillgrove 1: Jacob Bristol’s RBI single in the fourth tied the contest at 1-all, but Hoover added a run in the bottom half of the frame and another in the fifth to get the win.

Mount Paran Christian 6, Walker 5: Mount Paran rallied from a 5-0 fifth inning deficit to post the Region 6A home win and remain undefeated on the season.

Gaines Lahue had a two-run home run in the first inning for Walker, who scored one more in the fourth and twice in the fifth for the 5-0 advantage.

The Eagles (7-0, 3-0) came back with four in the bottom of the fifth and tied the contest with a run in the sixth.

Jack Rowan led off the seventh with a single and stole second. Following an infield single from Graham True, Rowan scored the winning run off a squeeze bunt from Emoni Williams.

Rowan (1-0) picked up the victory after allowing two runs on one hit in three relief innings. Haten Mitchell was 2-for-3 for the Eagles. Jake Allen batted 2-for-3 with a double and RBI. True also had an RBI.

BOYS GOLF

Walton fourth at Apple County Classic:
Connor Edison and Kelvin Lee each shot 74 to lead the Raiders to a fourth place finish in Habersham County.

Michael Sheahan and Andrew Yowell followed with 75s.

Gainesville went on to win the tournament.

Walton will return to the course Monday when it plays in the Cobb County Championship at the City Club of Marietta.

Kell wins Camden Classic: Kell placed three golfers in the top five and scored 302 as a team to claim the Camden Classic at Osprey Cove Golf Club in St. Mary’s Ga.

Benedictine (304) finished second and North Oconee (306) placed third among the 22 competing teams.

David McKee of North Oconee took home medalist honors after firing a 71. Kell’s Matthew Hines was runner-up with a 72, while Mark DeCoster (73) and Ryan Hines (74) also finished in the top five. P.J. Varner shot 83 for the Longhorns.

GIRLS GOLF

Harrison sixth at Maple Ridge:
Harrison placed sixth out of 10 teams at the Maple Ridge Junior Girls Golf Classic at Maple Ridge Golf Course in Columbus.

The Lady Hoyas shot 276. Colquitt County claimed the team title after carding 245. Auburn (Ala.) was second with 247.

Hailey Willman led the Lady Hoyas with 88. Caroline McLeod (92) and Ana Garcia (96) also contributed to the scoring. Jordan Abbott, who finished with 103, eagled the 220-yard 12th hole.

BOYS TENNIS

Marietta second at its Spring Classic:
Marietta fell 5-0 to River Ridge to finish second at its Spring Classic Saturday. It was the Blue Devils (5-1) first loss of the season.

Marietta went 2-1 overall with wins over Newnan (3-2) and Bremen (3-2). David Ho won at No. 2 singles against Newnan as did Matt Efromov and Marcos Brito at No. 1 doubles and Charley Trippe and Neal Majors at No. 2 doubles.

The top three singles players of Zach Garrison, Ho and Brito won at No. 1, 2 and 3 singles, respectively, against Bremen.

GIRLS SOCCER

Late Friday

North Cobb 7, South Cobb 1:
After a 1-all first half, the Lady Warriors dominated after the break.

Jordan Pannell finished with a hat trick. Molly Mead, Rowan Yeni, Alexis Copeland and Shani Jefferson scored, with Copeland and Jefferson contributing assists.

Tori Socia got the win from the net for North Cobb (2-2, 1-0 Region 4AAAAAA).

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