Henderson went 3-for-4 at the plate and threw nine strikeouts over a complete game as the Blue Devils won 11-6 and forced today’s decisive third game of the second-round Class AAAAAA state playoff series.
Jordan Mathis scored three runs in the second game, while Travis Wildermuth and Myles Hamilton scored two. All three had an RBI.
Marietta (22-8) had its chances to sweep, but East Coweta rallied with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning in Game 1.
After Travis Wildermuth scored off a double by twin brother Trent Wildermuth in the first inning, the former then hit a solo home run in the third to give Marietta a 2-0 lead.
East Paulding 7-5, Kell 3-9: The Longhorns evened the second-round Class AAAAA state playoff series in Game 2, scoring four runs in the fifth and sixth innings to pull away from a tie.
Bradley Taylor went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, while Brice O’Brien went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs. Austin Henley and Brady Smith also had RBIs.
Ray Smith led the Longhorns in the first game, going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, but Kell couldn’t get enough offense against its former region rival. Alec Stockton was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, while Ryan Losito and Bradley Taylor went 2-for-3.
Pope 2, Gainesville 1 (OT): Trailing 1-0 with 12 minutes left, Franklin Robinson capitalized on a penalty kick rewarded to the Greyhounds after Matt Laferle was fouled on a corner kick.
The second-round Class AAAAA state playoff game went into the second overtime, where Zach McCown scored the game-winner with less than 2 minutes remaining.
Sean Hatcher saved 12 of Gainesville’s 13 shots, and Pope (13-5-1) advanced to host Windsor Forest on Saturday.
Harrison 3, Douglas County 2: The Hoyas led 3-1 and held on to advance in the Class AAAAAA state tournament.
Andrew Deltac scored first in the 22nd minute and later assisted Gole Guertin. In the 69th minute, Guertin scored off an assist from Keegan Sanders.
Goalkeeper Kevin McKay had six saves for Harrison (16-3), which will host Centennial in Saturday’s quarterfinal.
Holy Innocents’ 5, Walker 0: The Wolverines (6-13) were peaking, but their season came to an end in the second round of the Class A state tournament.
Holy Innocents’ scored in the first 4 minutes, and two goals in the first 15 minutes.
Walker’s senior goalkeeper, Collin Mitchell, was a bright spot with nine saves.
Lassiter 15, North Gwinnett 9: The Trojans led 8-3 at the half and pulled away for a win in the first round of the Class AAAAAA state playoffs.
David Olson led with five goals, followed by four from Alex Lipsky. Daniel Evans had two goals and an assist, Jack Fitzharris had two goals, and Jason Tutchton and Clay Roelle each scored once. Jared Gantt and Corey John each had three assists.
Ryan Smith had six saves for Lassiter, which will play at Centennial on Saturday in the quarterfinals.
Harrison 12, Johns Creek 7: Five players scored a pair of goals as the Hoyas pulled away from a 5-all halftime tie in the first-round game of the Class AAAAAA state playoffs.
Alex Mowry, Damon Cowan, Luke Wittenberg, Zach Danneman and Seth Cowan each scored twice, with Mowry adding two assists and Cowan one.
Thomas Justusson had a goal and two assists, while Brandon Galgon scored a goal and won 17 faceoffs.
Defensively, Ryan Ruff’s four ground balls and Mitchell Barnes’ 14 saves led Harrison (10-8), which advanced to host Walton in Saturday’s quarterfinal.
Walton 12, Peachtree Ridge 5: The Raiders never trailed, setting up an all-Cobb Class AAAAAA quarterfinal with Harrison.
Kip Jones led Walton (13-5) with four goals and an assist. Jack Whittaker added three goals and an assist, Ryan Jones had two goals and an assist, while Michael Gernatt finished with a goal and two assists. Alex Baker and Tim Winans als scored.
Jake Hornberger had eight saves in the Walton goal.
Sprayberry 12, Marist 8: The Lady Yellow Jackets advanced to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs for the first time in school history.
Fourth-seeded Sprayberry (10-8) led 9-3 at halftime, en route to the first-round Class A-AAAAA tournament upset.
Ashley Russo had five goals, while Taylor McGhee added three. Gaby Lohner finished with two goals and one assist. Jennie Racher contributed two scores.
Julia Abney’s 17 saves provided momentum for Sprayberry, which will travel to Starr’s Mill on Saturday.
Kell 22, Decatur 3: The Lady Longhorns clinched their second straight state quarterfinal appearance with the home victory.
Kell (14-5) led 17-3 at halftime and cruised to the Class A-AAAAA win.
Emily Swift totaled six goals and four assists, while Katie Kunberger added three goals and three assists. Leslie Ferguson chipped in two goals and an assist, Hannah Nemeck contributed two goals and two assists and Sarah Bialecki and Izzie Palermo each had two goals.
Kell will face either McIntosh or Wesleyan on Saturday.
Union Grove 3, Allatoona 2: In the state semifinals for the first time, the Buccaneers lost out on their chance at competing for the Class AAAAA state championship after dropping a close match at home.
Andrew Weisser’s 6-2, 6-2 victory at No. 1 singles, along with Wes Hughes’ 6-2, 6-1 triumph at No. 2 helped Allatoona (19-5) to a 2-1 lead.
The Buccaneers’ No. 1 duo found themselves in a third-set tiebreak that could have won the match for Allatoona, but the tandem fell 7-6, 3-6, 7-6. Allatoona’s No. 3 singles player dropped a 6-2, 6-4 contest, setting up the clinching duel at No. 1 doubles.