Prep Roundup: One day after going 10 innings, Walton wins in seven
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One day after needing 10 innings to beat Woodstock, Walton had to sweat out another game Wednesday before beating the Wolverines 2-1 in seven innings.

The Raiders (10-2, 3-0 Region 5AAAAAA) scored twice in the top of the fourth inning, then allowed one run back to Woodstock in the bottom half before finishing out the home-and-home sweep.

Chase Burks (4-0) went the distance, striking out seven and allowing just one hit and a walk. The one run was unearned.

Henry Rowling and Jason Rooks each had RBIs, with Carter Kieboom and Luke Manzo scoring the runs.

Walton will travel to Cherokee on Friday.

Harrison 5, Pebblebrook 2: The Hoyas opened Region 4AAAAAA play victoriously, setting the tone with a three-run first inning.

James Williams went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs, while Michael Neely also had two RBIs with a triple. Hunter Fortner was 2-for-2 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Chandler Firestine (3-0) struck out five and allowed a walk and a hit over four innings. Tyler Elkins struck out three over the final three innings to get his first save.

Harrison (8-1, 1-0) will complete the home-and-home series today at Pebblebrook.

Mount Paran Christian 6, Darlington 2: The Eagles maintained their undefeated Region 6A record, holding off a late rally bid.

Mount Paran (10-2, 8-0) took a 6-0 lead after four innings, then withstood a pair of Darlington runs in the fifth and seventh.

Reed Massey was 2-for-3 with a home run, while Jake Palomaki, Travis Isenberg, Matt Norton and Graham True also had RBIs.

Landon Faulkner (3-0) struck out seven over five innings for Mount Paran, which will travel to Trion on Saturday.

Walker 9, Fellowship Christian 6: Walker took a 6-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth and kept Fellowship at bay, en route to a Region 6A road win.

Kevin Bray batted 2-for-4 with four RBIs for the Wolverines (7-3, 7-3), who had 13 hits. Zach Eikost and Paul Grazzini each batted 2-for-3 with two RBIs, and Cameron Bloebaum also had an RBI. Gaines Lahue was 2-for-5 and Blake Whiting batted 3-for-4.

Gavin Crouch earned the victory after giving up four runs — three earned — on six hits while striking out 11 and walking three in six innings.

Walker will host Mount Pisgah Christian today.

Northview 3, Kell 0: Northview scored once in the third, fourth and fifth innings and held off Kell to claim a Region 7AAAAA home victory.

The Longhorns (5-7, 3-4) had three hits, with singles from Austin Guelzo and Brady Smith and a double from Rocky Brown.

Kell will host Riverwood today.

Whitefield 6, St. Francis 0: The Wolfpack used a five-run fifth inning to run away from St. Francis.

Matt Olson (2-2) earned the win through five innings of work, allowing two hits against seven strikeouts. Reliever Bailey Combs pitched the final two frames, allowing no hits and recording three strikeouts.

Sam Fuller went 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs, while Bradley Davidson hit a home run for Whitefield (6-4, 3-3 Region 6A), which will host Greater Atlanta Christian on


McEachern 5, South Cobb 1: T.J. Clark threw a complete game for McEachern, allowing one earned run against five strikeouts, two walks and four hits.

Trey Harris went 2-for-3 at the plate with a home run, followed by a double and an RBI from Jared Walker.

McEachern (8-3-1) will play at South Cobb today.

Marietta 3, Hillgrove 2 (8 inn.): The Blue Devils scored in the top of the eighth when T.J. Bulock scored from second off a bunt, as the Hawks forgot to cover home.

Evan Steele earned the win for Marietta, pitching four innings with eight strikeouts against four walks, one earned run and one hit. Myles Mitchell started and went four innings, allowing four hits, one run and one walk.

Bulock had a double and a triple on top of the game-winning run, while Jordan Mathis had a home run for the Blue Devils.

Marietta (3-7, 3-0 Region 4AAAAAA) will host Hillgrove in a rematch today.

Dominion Christian 8, Trinity 5: Dominion led 5-0, but a run in the fifth and four in the sixth tied the game heading into the seventh inning.

The Knights’ Luke Lewellan had four RBIs, while Tate Cooney led at the plate, going 3-for-4. Bryant Amburn went 2-for-3.

Riley Howard went five innings, allowing just one run, while Cooney earned the win in the final frame and a third.

Dominion (5-3) will host the Weber School today.


Marietta 4, East Paulding 3:
Marietta trailed 3-2 shortly after the half, but came back and took the lead with 6 minutes remaining off a goal from Bryan Camarena, assisted by Blake Burgess.

The Blue Devils’ first-half goals came from Norman Carmona, assisted by Sam Borgel, and Louis Chavez. Borgel connected with Chavez for a goal in the second half to tie the game.

Keeper Salvador Hernandez recorded five saves for Marietta (3-6), which will play at River Ridge on Friday.


Pace Academy 3, Walker 0:
Sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Brock had a busy night in the net, recording 16 saves to no avail in a shutout loss.

Pace jumped on top 2-0 at the half.

Walker (6-2) will look to bounce back when it hosts Mount Paran Christian on Tuesday.


Harrison 18, North Paulding 6:
Even at 3-all through the first quarter, the Hoyas put up eight goals in the second and dominated from there.

Alex Mowry scored a team-high four goals, while Zach Danneman had three goals to go with five assists.

Erik Holst, Connor Mills, Lucas Wittenberg and Artie Lewis each scored twice, while Luke Hatfield had a goal and three assists.

Mitchell Barnes made six saves for Harrison (8-0), which will host Allatoona on Saturday.


Allatoona 9, Creekview 7:
Bailey Wilson and Katie McNutt each scored four goals as the Lady Buccaneers won the Area 2A-AAAAA home game.

Kimberlyn Hughes also scored, while Lexy Downing made seven saves for Allatoona (3-5, 1-3), which will travel to Etowah today.


Pope 5, Osborne 0:
The Greyhounds allowed only four games through their five victories and remained unbeaten on the season.

Austin Bates, Dom Allan and Michael Busby won in singles play, with Busby shutting his opponent out.

Ryan Heins and Mark Fisher won in doubles play, as did Matt White and Chase Forbes, who also recorded a shutout.

Pope (10-0, 8-0) will travel to Northview today.


Walker 4, North Cobb Christian 1:
Walker’s Amitha Muthiah won at No. 1 singles (6-1, 6-0), while North Cobb Christian’s Halle Rainwater won 6-0, 6-4 at No. 2.

Taylor Michaelides won 6-1, 6-0 in the third slot. In doubles, Leigh Norsworthy and Audrey Cunningham won 6-3, 6-2, while Carolina Kunetz and Holly Harkins won 6-1, 6-2.

Walker (3-5, 3-0 Area 4A) will host Mount Pisgah Christian on Tuesday.

Kennesaw Mountain 4, Lovett 1: Nicole Croxton led off with a 6-0, 6-0 win in the singles, followed by a 7-5, 6-1 win by Chika Okonkwo and a 6-3, 6-0 win by Sophia Suri.

The Lady Mustangs split the doubles action, as Samantha Armas and Ivy Evatt won 6-0, 6-2 in the first doubles slot.

Kennesaw Mountain (11-2) will host Campbell today.


Kell 147, Pope 160:
Kell shot a school record at Eagle Watch Golf Club to improve to 4-0 in match play on the season.

Mark Decoster shot a 35, followed by a 36 from Ryan Hines, 37 from Matthew Hines and 39 from P.J. Varner.

Pope was led by Brady Kupersmith’s 37, Daniel Edmundon’s 39 and Steven Acheson’s 41.

Pope (2-2) will play River Ridge today at Indian Hills, while Kell will head to the Georgia-South Carolina Cup this weekend.

Walton 143, Sequoyah 160: Walton edged its school record of 145 by two strokes at The Golf Club at Bradshaw Farms.

Andrew Yowell carded a 3-under 33, followed by 35 from Matt Flynn. Michael Sheahan shot even-par, while Connor Edison shot a 39.

Walton is still undefeated in match play, on top of its two tournament wins. The Raiders will play at the Cougar Invitational, hosted by Newnan, on Saturday.

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