Prep Roundup: Kennesaw Mountain edges Hillgrove again
by MDJ staff reports
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For the second straight night, Kennesaw Mountain edged Hillgrove in the seventh inning, this time by a 2-1 margin Thursday.

With the game tied 1-1 heading into the seventh, the Mustangs’ Cole Buffington led off with a single up the middle. Buffington advanced on a ball thrown into the dirt and then came around to score a close play at the plate off a single by Michael Atkinson.

Riley Gilliam (4-0) went all seven innings, recording 13 strikeouts to zero walks.

Atkinson went 2-for-4 at the plate, while Tyler Stephenson went 2-for-2.

Kennesaw Mountain (13-5, 6-2 Region 4AAAAAA) will play at Campbell on April 5.

Allatoona 7, Rome 0: Devyn Brooks batted 3-for-4 with two RBIs to pace Allatoona to its 12th straight victory to begin the season.

The Buccaneers (12-0, 10-0 Region 5AAAAA) produced 12 hits in the road win. Drew Swanson and Pete Derkay each had two hits, while Brett Benton, Spencer Sherer and Justin Evans each had an RBI.

Clarke Schmidt (5-0) struck out nine and walked three in earning the complete-game one-hitter. He lost his no-hit bid on a two-out single in the sixth.

Allatoona, which had eight stolen bases, will host Lithia Springs on Saturday.

Walker 16, Trion 0 (4 inn.): Cameron Bloebaum, who was 3-for-4 with five RBI, grounded out in his first at-bat, but he recovered to hit a double, triple and a home run to lead Walker to the Region 6A road win.

Bloebaum’s solo homer in the fourth was one of 20 hits for the Wolverines (9-4, 9-4), who scored six runs in the first and seven in third.

Gaines Lahue batted 3-for-4 with an RBI, while James Pittinger was 3-for-3 with two RBIs. Paul Grazzini had two hits and two RBIs, while Zach Eikost and Blake Whitting each had two hits and one RBI. Kevin Bray had two hits.

Eleven batters came to the plate in the first inning for Walker. Twelve batted in the third.

Pittinger struck out two and allowed one hit in collecting the victory for Walker, which will travel to Pierce County on Saturday.

Mount Paran Christian 15, Christian Heritage 2: Isaac Phillips led the way for the Eagles, going 3-for-5 at the plate with three RBIs.

That was followed by a 2-for-3 showing with two RBIs from Reed Massey. London Faulkner went 2-for-3, while Graham True and Jake Palomaki each had an RBI single.

Andrew Maxwell went four innings, allowing three hits against three strikeouts, while Jake Allen and Ruddy Jones finished in relief.

Mount Paran (13-2, 11-0 Region 6A) will play today at Westminster.

North Cobb 9, Campbell 0: Leading 5-0, North Cobb’s Tyler Martin hit a grand slam in the sixth to finish the scoring.

Starting pitcher Sam Fulkerson went six innings, recording six strikeouts against three hits and two walks. Chad McClanahan pitched the final frame, striking out one and allowing two hits.

McClanahan went 2-for-4 at the plate with a triple and a home run, while Dustin Morrow, Trevor Devine and Chandler Seivers each had two hits.

The Warriors outhit the Spartans 11-5.

North Cobb (10-5, 5-3) will host Stockbridge on Thursday.

Whitefield Academy 6, Darlington 3: The Wolfpack upset one of Class A’s top teams, thanks to six errors, three hit batsmen and six walks from Darlington’s staff.

The three runs that proved the difference in the game were all unearned.

Bailey Combs lasted the entire contest for Whitefield, allowing just three hits, one earned run and five walks against six strikeouts.

Bradley Davidson led the offense, going 2-for-5 with an RBI, while Luke Miltner went 2-for-4 with two singles.

Whitefield (8-6, 5-4) will host Mount Zion-Carroll today.

McEachern 2, Harrison 0: Starting pitcher Jared Walker helped his own cause as much as he could, leading the bottom of the first off with a home run to give McEachern a 1-0 lead.

Walker went 5 1/3 innings, recording four strikeouts against five hits and three walks, while B. Smith entered and finished the contest with no hits allowed.

Jonathan Wells added the game’s only other run in the third. After stealing second, Wells came home with two outs when Chase Sudduth lined a single through the infield.

McEachern (12-4-1) will play at Blessed Trinity on Saturday.

Walton 13, North Gwinnett 3 (5 inn.): Trailing 1-0, Walton scored 10 runs in the third inning, mostly on walks and hit batsmen.

Walton was walked six times and hit by pitches four times, while recording just seven hits to the Bulldogs’ six. North Gwinnett also had three errors.

Jason Rooks went 1-for-3 with three RBIs. Pierce Smith allowed all three of North Gwinnett’s runs in three innings of work, while Harrison Veldsma entered in relief in pitched the final two frames in a shortened five-inning affair.

Walton (13-3, 5-0) will play at Marietta next Friday.

Kell 9, North Springs 2: Chris Lucero started the game strong on the mound for the Longhorns, striking out eight consecutive batters after flying out the first, and striking out nine of the first 11.

Lucero lasted until the fifth inning, where he was padded with an 8-0 lead when eight runs came across in the top half of the frame. Grady Miller and Jake Lecroy finished the game on the mound.

Rocky Brown went 3-for-5 at the plate, while Jackson Jones went 2-for-3 with a run, two RBIs and a double. Jared Donald added two RBIs on a double and later scored.

Kell (8-7, 6-5) will host Forsyth Central on Thursday.

Marietta 11, South Cobb 1: Will Crowe pitched six innings for the Blue Devils, recording eight strikeouts against four hits and three walks, followed by Reed Frizzell, who finished the game.

David New had three RBIs, followed by two RBIs off a double from T.J. Bulock. Marcus and Myles Mitchell each had two hits, including a double and an RBI a piece. Crowe helped himself out with an RBI and a double, while Mitchell Golden went 2-for-3.

Marietta (6-9, 6-2 Region 4AAAAAA) will host Walton next Friday.


North Paulding 5, Allatoona 4:
North Paulding rallied from a 3-1 deficit early in the second half to take the Region 5AAAAA road victory.

The Wolfpack scored four consecutive goals, including two in the 76th and 77th minutes, to take a 5-3 advantage. The Buccaneers (8-2-1, 6-2) scored in the 79th minute, but it was too little, too late.

Allatoona led 2-1 at halftime.

Darnell Oliver scored twice for Allatoona, while Griff Rousseau had two assists. Gavin McCook and Will Smith each had one goal and Arty Wollschlager and Camden Baye each had one assist.

Mount Paran Christian 4, Darlington 1: Cooper Ingram scored two goals and an assist on his birthday.

He was followed by one goal and one assist from Kevin Barajas, a goal from Evan Piper and an assist from Stephen Craig.

Mount Paran (10-2) will play at Christian Heritage following the break.

Pope 3, Kell 1: After falling behind just 2 minutes into the contest, Pope scored its three goals in the remainder of the first half.

Jordan Leiberbaum scored two, one off an assist by Carlos Quintana and another from a header by Kyle Johnston. Hunter Cutcliff scored off an assist from Shaun Laferle.

Travis Parker recorded three saves on five shots, while Pope put out 10 shots.

Pope (11-3) will host Sequoyah on April 8.


Lassiter 6, Wheeler 0:
Six players scored as the Lady Trojans cruised to the Region 5AAAAAA victory.

Kelsey Hahn, Margo Richardson, Kaitlyn Sterling, Brittany Rooker, Maddy Devetski and Shannon DeSantis all reached the net.

Megan Richardson made two saves for Lassiter (10-2-1, 6-0), which will be off until hosting Holy Innocents’ on April 8.

Allatoona 2, Hillgrove 1 (OT): The Lady Buccaneers came back after trailing 1-0 at home.

Allatoona tied the game halfway into the second half, when Sammi Jacob floated a header into Ash Das, who finished with a header from 9 yards. Three minutes into the first overtime period, Caroline Golec returned a deflection of Hillgrove’s keeper for the winning goal.

Emily Jones recorded six saves in the wind for Allatoona (11-2-1), which will play at Kennesaw Mountain on April 8.

Walker 3, Whitefield Academy 0: Lauren Brock scored two goals to lead the Lady Wolverines.

Megan Turner assisted one of Brock’s goals, while Chloe Scott, who scored a goal of her own, assisted the other. Scott’s goal was assisted by Alicia Martin.

Honor Stoner recorded six saves to finish with her second straight shutout for Walker (8-2, 7-0 Area 7A), which will host North Cobb Christian on April 8.

Mount Paran Christian 5, Darlington 0: Ellie Ingram led with two goals and an assist, followed by a goal and assist from Allie Atencio.

Charlotte Dayton and Abby Williams also scored.

Courtney McKenzie only saw two shots on goal and saved both for Mount Paran (6-5-1), which will play Christian Heritage after spring break.

Kennesaw Mountain 10, Pebblebrook 0: The Lady Mustangs allowed no shots while applying 17 shots of their own.

Tayler Hartrampf scored a hat trick and had two assists, followed by two assists and a goal from Madeline Monroe. Vannah Moreland and Mooregan Elder each had a goal and an assist, while Cheyenne Golden, Maddy Giroir, Alli Culler and Emma Parks rounded out the scoring.

Kennesaw Mountain (6-4, 5-0 Region 4AAAAAA) will plays at Marietta on April 8.

Harrison 5, Marietta 0: Treva Aycock scored four goals to lead the Lady Hoyas, assisted by Melissa Cameron, Lizzy Sieracki and Jordan Henghold.

Sieracki also assisted Paige Porter for the final goal.

Harrison had 34 shots in the contest against just one for the Lady Blue Devils.

Harrison (12-0, 5-0 Region 4AAAAAA) will host South Forsyth on April 8.

Walton 3, Lambert 0: Mary Leigh Amerein opened the scoring in the first half off an assist from Emily Winokeur.

In the second half, Leigh Purinton scored two goals off assists from Sara Hardin and Lucy Sanders.

Defensively, Peyton Ryan recorded six saves, while defenders Erica Langhorn and Erin Ratchick held strong.

Walton (8-3-1) will play at Wheeler on April 7.


McEachern 13, M.L. King 3:
Tommy Stabler led the Indians with seven goals and two assists, followed by two goals and two assists from Hunter Blaebow.

Jacque Sorrell, Ashton Waites and Michael Rega each scored once.

C.J. Norrell recorded 15 saves in the net for McEachern (3-5), which will play at Harrison on April 8.


Hillgrove 20, East Coweta 6:
Morgan Perrone had eight goals and an assist for the Lady Hawks, who played their final area game of the season.

Hillgrove (6-5-1, 5-3 Area 1AAAAAA) led 9-4 at halftime.

Andrea Strubberg added five goals for the Lady Hawks, while Katrina Caruso had three scores. Olivia Ellis dished out five assists and scored a goal, and Katie Russell netted two scores.

Ella Collins had four saves for Hillgrove.


Whitefield Academy 91, Campbell 105:
Madison Barnett had the low score of the match with a 3-over 35, followed by 56 from Audrey Garrett and 69 from Ali Matthews.


Walton 3, Milton 0:
The Raiders cruised through the first round of the Region 5AAAAAA tournament and into a Class AAAAAA state playoff berth.

Eric Wagasky and Trevor Croyder won in singles play, with each player allowing one game. Crews Enochs and Raymond Zhang shut out their opponents at No. 1 doubles.

Walton (10-1) will be off until mid-April, when it resumes the region tournament against Etowah.

Kennesaw Mountain 4, Marietta 1: The Mustangs wrapped their regular season schedule, and Region 4AAAAAA’s No. 3 seed, with a victory.

Kennesaw Mountain (8-8, 6-2) won all three singles points in straight sets, led by Matthew Osajima, Justin Thomas and Ryan Deatrick. Mikey Deatrick and David Oyola won in doubles play.

Marcos Brito and Neal Majors won at No. 1 doubles for the Mustangs, who will begin the region tournament April 9 against Campbell.

Marietta’s Marcos Brito and Neal Majors won at No. 2 doubles.

North Cobb 4, Harrison 1: A sweep of the singles matches helped the Warriors win their regular-season finale.

Rohman Mitchell, Richard Johnson and Ronak Moody all won in straight sets. The No. 2 doubles team of Hunter Van Essendelft and Grant Westbrook had to rally before winning 1-6, 6-2, 7-6 (4).

The team of Peter Heflin and Ben Maryland won 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 for Harrison.

Whitefield Academy 5, Mount Pisgah Christian 0: The Wolfpack only dropped one set in winning the Area 4A match.

Justin Samples, Matthew Landry and Bennett Shilling cruised to the singles points, as did David Lemasters and Jay DeShong at No. 1 doubles.

The No. 2 team of Holden Hosch and Ruben Thomas rallied from a 4-6 first-set loss to win the second set 7-6 (5) and cap the match with a 10-3 super-tiebreaker.

Allatoona 5, North Paulding 0: Allatoona remained undefeated in Region 5AAAAA action following the road win.

Andrew Wiesser posted a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 1 singles, and Austin Stiers didn’t lose a game at No. 2. Michael Allen faced the stiffest test, but won 6-3, 6-2 at No. 3.

Keennan Shaw and Justin Cubie combined for a shutout at No. 1 doubles, while Kyle Geiss and Josh Cumbie dropped a 6-1, 6-1 decision at No. 2.

Mount Paran Christian 5, Walker 0: Sam Fulkerson (6-4, 6-2), Patrick Weindorfer (2-6, 6-4, 8-6), and Will Burton (6-1, 6-1) won in the singles.

Brent Foster and Adam Rothrock (6-4, 6-2), and Jared Knox and Ryan Sturz (6-4, 6-3) took the doubles.


Whitefield Academy 4, Mount Pisgah Christian 1:
No. 1 singles was the Lady Wolfpack’s lone blemish in the Area 4A match.

Annie Sickling won in straight sets at No. 3 singles, while Rachel Hicks won at No. 2 when her opponent was forced to retire in the first set.

Caroline Holliday and Megan Schwartzkopf needed a first-set tiebreaker before winning in straight sets at No. 1 doubles. Megan Smith and Brooke Render also prevailed.

Allatoona 5, East Paulding 0: Kennedy Craig (6-4, 6-3), Haley Proctor (6-0, 6-0), and Allison Whitley (6-0, 6-0) all won in singles action.

In the doubles, Lauren Lees and Marysia Larosa won 6-4, 6-7, 7-3, while Lindsey Stowell and Corrie Williams won, 6-0, 6-1.

Kennesaw Mountain 5, Marietta 0: Nicole Croxton, Samantha Armas and Abby Seabaugh shut out singles competition.

Katie Manroe and Ivy Evatt (6-4, 6-0) and Mallie McNeel and Margaret Stocks (6-1, 6-0) won in the doubles.

Walker 3, Mount Paran Christian 2: Taylor Michaelides (6-0, 6-3) won the lone singles match for Walker.

The Lady Wolverines took the doubles action with a 7-3 tiebreaker win from Audrey Cunningham and Leigh Norsworthy, followed by a 6-1, 6-2 win by Harley Harkin and Gabbi Gavreau.

Mary Katherine Lewis and Madison Darling won in singles for Mount Paran, both by 6-0, 6-0 margins.
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