Prep Roundup: Walton wins to finish off South Gwinnett
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Walton’s Luke Manzo swings at a pitch in Tuesday’s clinching win against South Gwinnett.
<BR>Staff photo by Samantha M. Shal
Walton’s Luke Manzo swings at a pitch in Tuesday’s clinching win against South Gwinnett.
Staff photo by Samantha M. Shal
Walton’s baseball team can breathe easier after finally clinching its third game of its first-round Class AAAAAA state playoff series against South Gwinnett, winning 5-2 on Tuesday.

The Raiders had a chance to do so Friday, but their pitching gave up an early six-run lead in the nightcap before they fell 7-6.

Caleb Bohan wasn’t about to let that happen again when he entered Tuesday’s game in the seventh inning, with a three-run lead. He needed just eight pitches to preserve Walton’s three-run lead, striking out the first batter he faced and inducing routine groundouts for the final two outs.

Georgia-bound Stephen Wrenn pitched the first six innings for Walton, giving up three runs on three hits. He also walked five and struck out five.

The Raiders trailed 2-0 going into the bottom of the fourth inning before tying it in the fourth. They added three more runs in the fifth, highlighted by a two-run double by Logan Barnette.

Walton had just four hits in the game. Aaron Rzucidlo also had a double.

Walton will host Norcross on Thursday to begin the second-round series.

Despite the shift in schedule because of two postponements, Walton is scheduled to start Bradley Schwartz and Will White on five days’ rest in Thursday’s doubleheader.


North Cobb 3, Peachtree Ridge 2:
Rohman Mitchell won 6-4, 6-4 to claim the deciding point for the Warriors to lead them to the state finals for the first time.

North Cobb will either play Westlake or Brookwood in Saturday’s Class AAAAAA state championship in Jonesboor.

Mitchell was up 5-2 in the second set before Peachtree Ridge’s Kevin Lim rallied to make it 5-4. Mitchell then broke Lim to seal the match and the victory, doing so in his fifth match point attempt.

Jaryd Reese won 6-2, 6-2 over Alex Nakarenko at No. 1 singles. Andre Canino also won at No. 2 singles, defeating Jashiph Choppara 6-0, 6-0.

Peachtree Ridge won both doubles points, winning both matches in straight sets.

Walker 3, Athens Academy 1: The Wolverines punctuated their Class A private-school state semifinal win when Derek Brown won at No. 1 singles 7-5, 7-5.

Brown came back after trailing 4-0 in the first set and 4-2 in the second.

Both doubles teams had an easier time of it. Will Chocallo and Daniel Sosnovsky won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1 doubles. Sloan Coolbroth and Austin Newsome won 6-1, 6-0.


Walton 3, Camden County 0:
The Lady Raiders are returning to Jonesboro to play for a state championship after falling short last year.

Walton will face longtime tennis rival Peachtree Ridge in Saturday’s Class AAAAAA final.

The Lady Raiders made quick work of Camden County at home in the semifinals.

Suzanne Zenoni won 6-0, 6-2 at No. 1 singles, Katie Riley and Jessica Cramer won 6-3, 6-1 at No. 1 doubles and Erica Bauer and Sophia Gulberg didn’t give up a game at No. 2 doubles.

Walton last met Peachtree Ridge in the 2011 state quarterfinals, beating the Lady Lions 3-1.

Walker 3, Pace Academy 2: The Lady Wolverines are back in the state championship for the first time in three years after Audrey Cunningham and Leigh Norsworthy won a marathon at No. 1 doubles.

The twosome grinded out a 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 victory for the deciding point.

After letting the second set get away with a 5-4 lead, Cunningham and Norsworthy trailed 3-0 in the third set. They bounced back just in time to win four straight games to take command and never trailed again.

Mia Pattillo won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 singles, and Caroline Kunetz and Holly Harkins won 6-4, 6-2 at No. 2 doubles.

Walker will play either Mount Pisgah Christian or Athens Academy in Saturday’s final at Clayton County International Park.

Lakeside-Evans 3, Allatoona 0: The Lady Buccaneers came up one match short of returning to the state finals, falling to in the Class AAAAA semifinals.

Allison Whitley and Haley Proctor lost in straight sets at No. 2 and No. 3 singles. Cat Pugh and Katie Hulsey also fell in straight sets at No. 1 doubles.

Kennedy Craig was down a set and leading in the second at No. 1 singles when the match was called.


Walton advances to state championship:
The Lady Raiders will bid for a state title for its fourth straight season after finishing fourth in the Class AAAAAA state sectional at the Country Club of Roswell.

Walton will head to Sunset Country Club in Moultrie on May 20.

Abbey Williams tied for low medalist honors with a 78, while Lisa Vandeross and Lindsay Seagraves each shot 100 to help Walton.

Williams began her round with consecutive bogeys before settling in with four straight pars.

She had two birdies on the day, but it was her second birdie on the narrow par-5 third hole late in the round that helped her score sink below 80. Her drive on No. 3 landed 190 yards from the flag, and her second shot gave her an eagle opportunity from 20 feet out before finishing.


Allatoona 4, Lakeside-DeKalb 3:
Suzanne Arafa scored the game-winning goal on a penalty kick with 30 minutes left to play, and the Lady Buccaneers held on the rest of the way.

Lakeside took nine shots on Allatoona after the penalty kick, and goalkeeper Emily Jones saved eight of them, finishing the game with 16 saves total.

Willough Davis scored the first three goals for Allatoona, helping the Lady Buccaneers build a 3-2 lead. Lakeside tied it 2 minutes before Arafa’s penalty kick.

Sammi Jacob assisted one of Davis’ goals. Her other two were unassisted.

Allatoona (13-5-1) will play either Houston County or Whitewater in the state quarterfinals Friday.

Harrison 5, East Coweta 1: Treva Aycock scored two goals to help lead the Lady Hoyas to the Class AAAAAAA state quarterfinals.

Also scoring for Harrison were Monica Herrera, Hannah Ostman and Julia DuPre.

Aycock, Lizzie Sieracki, Rachel Dymecki ended up with assists.

Allison Leone finished with three saves at goal.

Harrison will host the Lassiter in the quarterfinals Friday.

Lassiter 3, North Gwinnett 1: The Lady Trojans pulled away from a 1-all halftime tie to win the second-round Class AAAAAA state playoff game.

Mirriham Elfakahany, Kallie Vogel and Kalie Hamilton scored for Lassiter (14-3-1), while Bree Thompson and Brittany Rooker had assists.

Goalkeeper Shannon DeSantis made six saves.

Pope 2, Flowery Branch 1 (PK): The Lady Greyhounds made four of thie five penalty kick attempts, while the Lady Falcons missed two, in the second round of the Class AAAAA state tournament.

Taylor Meniede, Alexa Moore, Hailey Johnson and Alex Grace accounted for the goals in the penalty kick phase.

Flowery Branch took the early lead 5 minutes into the second half before Jessie Sexton scored and unassisted goal with five minutes left in regulation.

Pope will host Northgate on Friday in the quarterfinals.

Hillgrove 4, Newnan 0: Maggie Gaughan scored two goals and one assist to lead the Lady Hawks in the second round of the Class AAAAAA state tournament.

Sydney A. Clark and Caitlyn Beck each had one goal, with assists coming from Necee Jennings, Emma Dawson and Jessica Bingham.

Breanne Dykes had six saves.

Hillgrove (16-4-1) will host South Forsyth in the quarterfinals Friday.

South Forsyth 2, Walton 1 (OT): Even though leading scorer Leigh Purinton played with a high ankle sprain, the Lady Raiders still had their chances, but South Forsyth’s goalkeeper totaled 18 saves.

Maddi Ellstead scored for Walton 20 minutes into the game, but the Lady Raiders were unable to hold on to the one-goal lead. South Forsyth tied it with 10 minutes left in regulation, the first goal the Walton had allowed since March 22 against Etowah, and then scored the game-winner with 3 minutes left in the second overtime period.

The loss ended a streak of six straight shutouts for Walton (12-4-2).


Pope 12, St. Pius X 3:
Parker Lavelle scored four goals, while Zach Lynch tacked on three to lead the Greyhounds in the first round of the Class A-AAAAA state tournament.

It was a close first half, with Pope leading 4-3 at the break. The Greyhounds, however, broke the game open in the second half with eight unanswered goals.

Joe Harmon recorded 16 saves at goal.

Pope (9-11) will play at Northview in the second round Friday.


Lassiter 19, Peachtree Ridge 5:
Jill Rankin scored four goals and Johnna Fusco added three goals and two assists as the Lady Trojans won their first-round Class AAAAAA state playoff game.

Lassiter (13-5-1) led 10-2 at halftime and cruised to the victory. Alexa Daugherty had three goals and one assist, Cydney Tutchton added three goals, while Alyssa Gattis chipped in two goals and an assist.

Lucy Mills dished out four assists, while four other players each had one goal.

Lassiter will visit Centennial on Friday for the second round of the playoffs.

Walton 15, North Gwinnett 6: Erin McBride scored four goals in the opening round of the Class AAAAAA state playoffs, while Hunter Corbin, Carly White and Kylie Holthaus scored two each.

The Lady Raiders jumped early on North Gwinnett, taking a 5-0 lead at the half. They carried a shutout until the last 10 minutes of the game. Emily James, Cathryn Sweeden and Abby Gibson each combined for 10 saves.

Corbin also had two assists and Sydney Baker had a goal and two assists.

Walton (16-1-2) will host Alpharetta on Friday.

Alpharetta 14, Harrison 9: Merrick Laughridge had four goald for the Lady Hoyas, but it wasn’t enough in the first round of the Class AAAAAA state tournament.

Taylor Sutton had three goals and one assist.

It was a battle between the teams, with Alpharetta leading 9-7 at the half.

Alpharetta added to its early in the second half and maintained it. Harrison (8-11) had two goals called back because of penalty, which also hurt the Lady Hoyas’ momentum.

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