Prep Roundup: South Cobb earns first region victory
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Tyler Minkkinen allowed only three hits in 6 2/3 innings to lead South Cobb to a 6-3 victory over Pebblebrook and its first Region 4AAAAAA victory of the season.

Nathan Golden came into the game in a bases-loaded jam in the seventh and struck out the only batter he faced to end the game and earn the save.

Thomas Leffew and Kyrie Hawkins each had a double and an RBI, and Minkkinen added a hit and an RBI.

The Eagles (7-14, 1-6) will travel to Pebblebrook on Monday.

Kennesaw Mountain 13, Campbell 0 (5 inn.): Tyler Stephenson hit a three-run home run and Zach Teen had a pair of doubles and drove in three to lead the Mustangs to a Region 4AAAAAA victory.

Reggie Pruitt was 2-for-2 and stole five bases.

Ryley Gilliam pitched three innings of two-hit ball for the win.

Kennesaw Mountain (14-5, 7-2) will host Campbell on Monday.

North Cobb 10, Harrison 0 (6 inn.): Trevor Devine had a solid day on the mound and at the plate.

Devine pitched six innings for the Warriors, giving up just three hits while striking out seven to pick up his third win of the season. At the plate he was 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

North Cobb benefitted from a run in the first, three runs in the second and another run in the fifth. The Warriors ended the game after the sixth when they plated five runners.

Also key for North Cobb were Tyler Martin, who was 3-for-3 with four RBIs, including a three-run homer in the sixth. Austin Starling went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Chandler Seivers was 2-for-4 with a double.

North Cobb (12-5, 6-3) will play at Harrison on Monday.

Mount Paran Christian 8, Wheeler 0: Isaac Phillips went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs to lead the Eagles past the Wildcats in a non-region contest.

Ruddy Jones pitched four innings of two-hit ball for the win.

Jake Palomacki was 2-for-4, while Taylor Trammell, Reed Massey, Jack Rowan and Jake Landen each added a hit and an RBI.

Mount Paran (15-3) will host North Cobb Christian on Monday.

Allatoona plays well in Florida: Allatoona finished 3-1 at the Perfect Game High School Showdown showcase in Fort Myers, Fla. this weekend.

The Buccaneers (15-1) defeated Sarasota (Fla.), ranked No. 2 in USA Today, 1-0 on Thursday before falling to No. 14 Venice (Fla.) 6-0 Friday. Allatoona won both its games from Saturday, coming from behind to beat Dwyer (Fla.) 3-2 and toppoing Concordia Lutheran (Texas) 5-2.

Sarasota, DeSoto Central (Miss.), Venice and Allatoona all finished 3-1 at the event. Sarasota claimed the championship with a win over DeSoto Central.

Allatoona gave up 10 runs overall, but only five were earned. Cooper Murphy pitched a complete-game, five hitter with five strikeouts to top Sarasota. Michael Dzurenko gave up two runs — one earned — on three hits and struck out four in a complete game victory against Dwyer. Grayson Harbin allowed two earned runs on three hits and struck out three in six innings for the win against Concordia Lutheran. Jordan Wilmert picked up his first save with a solid effort in the seventh.

Allatoona trailed Dwyer 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh with two outs before rallying to win. A single, walk and hit-and-run at-bat from Kyle Jacobsen scored courtesy runner Wesley Christian with the tying run. Pete Derkay’s walk-off single plated Justin Evans with the game-winning score.

The Buccaneers topped Sarasota despite being no-hit. Evans reached on an error in the bottom of the fifth, stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch. Evans scored on a safety squeeze.

Kyle Jacobsen was 7-for-11 with two RBI over the weekend. Evans was 4-for-10 with two RBI and two stolen bases, while Derkay batted 4-for-9 with a double and three RBI.

Allatoona is at Hiram on Tuesday.

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