Prep Roundup: Walton earns No. 2 playoff seed
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Fueled by Stephen Wrenn’s run-scoring single, Walton won its regular-season finale 4-3 over Roswell on Friday and clinched the No. 2 seed of Region 5AAAAAA.

Walton (19-7, 10-4) is now guaranteed at least one round of the state playoffs on its field, beginning with a first-round best-of-three series against South Gwinnett.

Wrenn’s single, which scored Logan Barnette in the top of the fifth inning, broke a 3-all tie. The hit also allowed Wrenn to be the winning pitcher, as he left after the fourth inning.

Caleb Bohan pitched three shutout innings of relief, allowing a hit and two walks to earn his first save of the season.

Aaron Rzucidlo gave the Raiders an early lead with a three-run home run in the top of the first, but Roswell rallied with two runs in the third and another in the fourth.

McEachern 6, Kennesaw Mountain 4: Sam Stephens went 2-for-3 and drove in three to lead the Indians to a regular-season ending Region 4AAAAAA victory.

McEachern took the lead with a three-run fifth inning.

Dalton Geekie was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Jared Walker added a hit and an RBI.

Bruce Kirkpatrick pitched four innings for the win.

Alex Darwich was 2-for-4 and Tyler Stephenson was 2-for-3 to lead the Mustangs.

McEachern (22-4, 14-2) will host Tift County on Friday in the opening round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs.

Harrison 10, Hillgrove 5: Harrison took the game away from Hillgrove early with three runs in the first inning and put it away with six more runs in the sixth.

With the win, Harrison sealed the third place in Region 5AAAAAA and will play at Colquitt County on Friday in the first round of the Class AAAAAA state tournament.

Nick Sexton had an RBI double in the sixth to get it started. Tony Flores followed wit a two-run single and Cam Iszler followed with an RBI hit. Austin Sanders also had an RBI hit in the inning.

The third, fourth and fifth hitters lit it up for Harrison. Izler was 4-for-4 with two RBIs. Flores was 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs. Sexton was also 3-for-4. Austin Kuchinski was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.

Ben Schniederjans pitched 4 2/3 inning, giving up two earned runs, five hits and struck out four.

North Cobb 7, Pebblebrook 0: The Warriors season came to a close with their Region 4AAAAAA road victory.

North Cobb (15-10, 10-6) spread out 10 hits over seven innings, while Noah Hahlbohn (1-1) limited the Falcons to one hit and eight strikeouts over five innings pitched.

Patrick Smith was 2-for-5 with a RBI and Nolan Greckel and Eli Sepnieski each batted 2-for-2 with an RBI. Bryan Wiltsey also had an RBI.

Sprayberry 11, Osborne 1 (5 inn.): Nick Hartney was 3-for-3 with two doubles and drove in three to help the Yellow Jackets close the season with a Region 7AAAAA victory.

Sprayberry (12-14, 11-9) broke the game open with a six-run third as both Hartney and Bobby Gauvreau had two-run doubles.

Gauvreau finished 2-for-4 and drove in two and Jordan McClure was 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

McKenzie Mills pitched three innings allowing two hits to earn the win.

Mount Paran Christian 10, Gordon Lee 2: The Eagles clinched the Region 6A title with the win.

The Eagles’ scoring barrage started with Keith Johnson’s grand slam in the first inning and never looked back.

Matt McKenzie was 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Tyler Flowers was 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs and Tyler Trammel was 2-for-3. Jake Palamoki was 2-for-4 with a run batted in. Will Schnure and Isaac Phillips were also 2-for-4 and Landon Faulkner was 2-for-4.

The Eagles kept Gordon Lee scorelss after the first inning. Andrew Maxwell pitched four innings to get the win and Jordan Versteeg pitched the remaining three. Both gave up two hits each.

Whitefield Academy 6, Mount Zion-Carroll 2: Whitefield won’t be heading to the postseason but wrapped up its season with a Region 6A victory.

Ryan Westlake pitched a complete game and gave up no earned runs on seven hits. He also walked zero and struck out eight. Matt Olson was 3-for-3 with an RBI for Whitefield. Zach Digiorgio was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Nile Ball was 1-for-2 with a two-run single in the seventh.

Late Thursday

North Cobb Christian 8, Mount Pisgah Christian 3:
The Eagles closed the season with a three-game winning streak.

Dylan Crumbley led North Cobb Christian (9-15, 4-15 Region 6A), going 4-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Zach Cornell was 2-for-3 with a double, was walked and hit by a pitch and scored three runs. Rabon Martin had a sacrifice fly, and cousin Patrick Martin drove in three. Tripp Ross added an RBI single of his own to round out the hits.

Rabon Martin earned the win out of the bullpen, allowing one hit and striking out five over 4 2/3 innings.

BOYS LACROSSE

Walton 11, Chattahoochee 6:
Kip Jones scored three goals and had two assists in the clutch non-area Walton win at Raider Valley.

Dylan Boast added two goals while Alex Baker, Josh Peretz, Michael Gernatt, Andrew Ashmore, Jack Whittaker and Ryan Jones scored one each.

The Raiders also played a role defensively by forcing 14 Chattahoochee turnovers with Tyler Dingess and Thomas Lynch forcing three apiece. Goalkeeper Jake Hornberger had 16 saves at goal.

Walton (10-5) will play Woodstock on Thursday for the No. 2 seed out of Area 2AAAAAA.

GIRLS LACROSSE

Kell 21, Creekview 0:
Katie Kunberger and Jessica Armstrong each scored five goals en route to a shutout over Creekview.

Emily Swift tacked on three goals and added five assists. Haley Swift had two goals and three assists. Leslie Ferguson, Aimee Pell, Izzy Palermo, Sachi Griffiths, Clarissa Rutherford and Riley Proshek also found the goal.

The Lady Longhorns (11-4, 6-0 in 2A-AAAAA) will play Kentucky Country Day today.

Lassiter 19, McIntosh 8: Lucy Mills scored a game-high five goals and assisted on another as the Lady Trojans won their senior night.

Johnna Fusco added four goals and three assists, while Jill Rankin had four goals and an assist. Mary Carter Putman had three goals and an assist, and Alexa Daugherty finished with two goals and two assists.

Lauren Wetherhead had eight saves in goal for Lassiter, which rallied from a 6-4 deficit to score 10 unanswered goals and go up 14-6.

The Lady Trojans (12-4-1) will host Area 2AAAAAA rival Milton in next Friday’s regular-season finale.

Hillgrove 7, Allatoona 4: The Lady Hoyas led the non-area home match 3-2 at halftime before pulling away in the second half.

Marilyn Pruitt had four goals and two assists to lead Hillgrove (10-5). Morgan Perone added two scores, while Tianna Clark chipped in one goal and one assist.

Maci Murdock had six saves for Hillgrove, which is at Tri-Cities on Monday.

BOYS TENNIS

Kennesaw Mountain 5, East Coweta 0:
The fourth-seeded Mustangs beat the No. 3 Indians on the road to advance to the quarterfinals of the Class AAAAAA state playoffs.

Aaron Barris won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1 singles for Kennesaw Mountain (19-4), which made the state quarterfinals for the first time in school history. Joe Klokow earned a 6-0, 6-1 victory at No. 2 and Matthew Osajima had a shutout at No. 3.

Matthew Gainey and Justin Thomas captured a 6-1, 6-1 triumph at No. 1 doubles. Brothers Michael and Ryan Deatrick won 6-3, 6-1 at No. 2 doubles.

Kennesaw Mountain plays either North Cobb or Newnan on Thursday.
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