Mount Paran rallies back from six-run deficit
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Mount Paran Christian rallied from an 8-2 deficit to beat Hiram 9-8 in eight innings Friday.

The Eagles (4-0) scored four runs in the fourth inning to trim the deficit to 8-6, then scored two runs over the final three innings to force the extra frame. Isaac Phillips scored on a wild pitch with two outs in the eighth to get the win for host Mount Paran.

Jake Palomaki went 2-for-3 with a double and Taylor Trammell batted 1-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.

Phillips blasted a first-inning two-run home run and Graham True had two hits. Matt Norton and Jake Landen each had a hit.

Palomaki pitched three innings with no hits and no runs scored in three innings.

Mount Paran will host Mount Pisgah Christian on Monday.

North Cobb 10, Blessed Trinity 9 (8 inn.): Tied 6-all after seven, North Cobb collected four runs in the eighth in the non-region road game.

Trevor Devine had three of the Warriors’ 13 hits. He hit home runs in the fourth and eighth innings and finished with three RBIs.

Dustin Morrow batted 3-for-5 with two RBIs, while Tyler Martin was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. Chandler Seivers had a home run in the third.

Ryan Schmidt (1-0) earned the victory after allowing five earned runs with seven strikeouts and four hits over 2 2/3 innings. He left two guys on base.

North Cobb will host Lambert today.

Kell 3, Harrison 1: Kell took a 3-0 lead through three innings and held on for the non-region home win.

Brady Smith batted 1-for-2 with a two-run first-inning home run for the Longhorns (3-2), while Ryan Losito went 2-for-2.

Tyler Elkins had an RBI for Harrison in the fifth.

Weston Schmitter (1-0) allowed one earned run on three hits and struck out one over five innings to get the win.

Kell will host North Springs on Monday, while Harrison (3-1) will host Cherokee.

Lassiter 3, Westminster 2: John Nelson hit a one-out RBI single with runners on first and third in the bottom of the seventh and the Trojans held on to pick up their first win of the season.

Westminster tied the contest at 2-all after scoring in the fourth.

Lassiter’s Nathan Anthes reached first on an error in the seventh. Chris Callaway then hit a sacrifice bunt prior to Niki Esposito’s infield single that put runners on the corners.

Nathan Dupree (1-1) earned the win in relief after going 1 1/3 innings with no hits or runs scored and two strikes.

Grant Berry batted 2-for-3 with two RBIs for the Trojans. Esposito was 2-4.

Lassiter will be at Parkview on Wednesday.

Pope 7, Hillgrove 0: The Greyhounds notched their first win of the season by scoring all seven runs in the fourth inning, while also shutting down Hillgrove’s batters in the non-region game.

Pope (1-3) hit three straight doubles in the fourth inning, highlighted by a three-run double by Harrison Siegal that scored Mason Shiflett, Tyler Thornton and Josh Lowe.

Pope had eight hits total, with Patrick Wiseman going 3-for-4 with two doubles. Stephen Skruck also contributed by going 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.

Braden Zarbnisky went six innings and gave up six hits. He also had six strikeouts and one walk.

Pope will play at Redan today.

Walker 8, North Cobb Christian 6: The Wolverines pulled away with a five-run fourth inning before holding off a late comeback attempt in a Region 6A game.

Paul Grazzini and Jake Deperio both had two-run singles in the inning to help Walker take an 8-1 lead.

Zach Eikost was 3-for-3 with a double for Walker, while Gaines Lahue was 2-for-3 with a triple. Cameron Bloebaum was 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in the first to get things started, and Blake Whitting was 1-for-3 with a double.

Rabon Martin was 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs for North Cobb Christian (3-2, 0-2).

Walker (2-1, 2-1) will play at King’s Ridge Christian on Monday.

Mount Pisgah Christian 3, Whitefield Academy 1: All of Mount Pisgah’s runs were unearned, as it took advantage of Whitefield’s four errors in the game.

Mount Pisgah built a 3-0 lead after three innings, which was enough. The Wolfpack got one unearned run back in the fourth inning.

Matt Olson pitched a complete game with no earned runs on three hits and had four strikeouts.

Whitefield (2-2) will host Decatur today.

Mount de Sales 3, Dominion Christian 1: The Knights allowed two go-ahead runs in the top of the seventh inning and were beaten in their season opener.

Dominion (0-1) got on the board first in the second inning, but it allowed Mount de Sales its tying run in the fourth.

Bryant Amburn drove in the Knights’ lone run. He also struck out four in three innings of relief behind starter C.J. Copeland, who struck out four in four innings.

Dominion will travel Monday to face the East Cobb Baseball Academy.

BOYS SOCCER

Kell 2, Northview 1:
After falling behind with a penalty kick just before halftime, the Longhorns mounted a quick rally to win the Region 7AAAAA game.

Marco Zuniga scored the equalizer 2 minutes into the second half, assisted by Will Cullom. Cullom then scored the winner 3 minutes later, off an assist by Cameron Rosendahl.

Nick Schiere made seven saves for Kell (2-3, 1-0), which will travel to Sprayberry on Tuesday.

Kennesaw Mountain 1, River Ridge 0: Edgar Martinez gave the Mustangs their lone goal in the road win, scoring unassisted about halfway through the first half.

Alejandro Aguilar and Trey Whittemore combined to make six saves in the shutout for Kennesaw Mountain (1-2), which will open Region 4AAAAAA play Tuesday at Hillgrove.

Mount Paran Christian 1, Darlington 0: Alex Gernatt scored the game-winning goal off an assist from Cooper Ingram with 4 minutes left in the game to earn the Area 7A road win.

Chance Hogan had five saves for the undefeated Eagles (3-0, 2-0), who will be at Whitefield Academy on Tuesday.

Walton 4, Woodstock 1: Christian Lucas scored in the first minute for Walton and the Raiders controlled the Region 5AAAAAA game from there.

Noah Langub added a goal before the half before Filipe Galarza and Chandler Winans both had goals in the second half to pull away.

Michael Jurick had six saves for the Raiders (7-0, 1-0), who will play at Centennial on Tuesday.

GIRLS SOCCER

Lassiter 0, Pope 0:
The non-region contest at Frank Fillmann Stadium remained scoreless after 80 minutes, and no overtime or penalty kicks were contested.

Shannon DeSantis collected seven saves for Lassiter (3-1-1), which will host Cherokee on Tuesday.

Pope’s Natalia Icen had eight saves, including two point-blank saves during the last 4 minutes.

Walton 8, Woodstock 0: The Lady Raiders opened their Region 5AAAAAA schedule with a commanding win at Raider Valley.

Four players scored for Walton (2-2-1, 1-0), led by Maddie Wellstead’s hat trick. Mary Leigh Amerein and Casey Wertz each scored twice, while Delaney Erwin had one goal. Wellstead, Amerein and Wertz each had assists, too.

Peyton Ryan and Michelle Watson only needed to make two saves in the join shutout for Walton, which will travel to Centennial on Tuesday.

Mount Paran Christian 1, Darlington 0: The Lady Eagles took 35 shots in the game against their Area 7A opponent and finally capitalized with 9 seconds left in the game when Abby Williams finished an assist from Ali Fern at the top of the box.

Mount Paran controlled the game offensively and didn’t yield a shot Darlington.

Mount Paran (2-1-1, 1-0) and will host Whitefield Academy on Tuesday.

Allatoona 3, Villa Rica 1: Allatoona stayed undefeated in Region 5AAAAA with a win on the road.

The Lady Buccaneers (3-1, 2-0) broke open a 1-all tie in the second half with two unanswered goals. Willough Davis scored her second goal of the game to break the tie on a pass from Aleiyah Armstrong.

The insurance goal came a minute later when Anna Liese Wittenmeyer finished off a ball that reflected off the goalkeeper who was going for the save.

Emily Jones had nine saves at goal for Allatoona, which will go to Whitewater on Tuesday.

Walker 2, Christian Heritage 1: Walker remained perfect in Area 7A with the win.

The Lady Wolverines scored both goals in the first half before Christian Heritage got one back in the second.

Kendall Baker scored Walker’s first goal 18 minutes into the game on an assist from Chloe Scott. The Lady Wolverines added another when Nika Sendler finished off an Alyssa Martin pass.

Lauren Brock had three saves at goal for Walker (3-1, 3-0), which will host Pinecrest Academy on Tuesday.

GIRLS TENNIS

Hillgrove 3, Lassiter 2:
After splitting the first two sets 6-3, 2-6, Mattie Wood’s won a 10-6 super tiebreaker at No. 1 singles to clinch the match for the Lady Hawks at the Kennesaw Mountain tournament.

Megan Brose won 6-3, 6-4 at No. 3 singles, while Hannah Creech and Emily Deubel won in straight sets at No. 1 doubles.

Rachel Sumner won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1 singles. Kaitlynn Longspaugh and Nicole Christian rallied to win for Lassiter, 6-7, 6-3 with a 10-7 super tiebreaker.

Hillgrove will face Woodstock and Kell today as part of the Kennesaw Mountain tournament.

Pope 5, Sprayberry 0: The Lady Greyhounds did not drop a set in winning the Region 7AAAAA match.

Nisha Detchprohm, Katrina King and Eliza-Lee Barnes won the singles points, with Barnes the only one to give up more than four games.

Meghan Matsumoto and Lindsay Roberts joined up with Sydney Watkins and Erin Walsh to control the doubles matches.

Pope (2-2, 2-0) will travel to Sequoyah on Monday.
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