Prep Roundup: Lassiter pitching trio shuts down Mountain View in Round 1 sweep
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Tim Eber, Nate Dupree and Taylor Buice combined to pitch 14 shutout innings to lead Lassiter to a 1-0, 5-0 doubleheader sweep of second-ranked Mountain View in the opening round of the Class AAAAAA state playoffs on Friday.

With the upset, Lassiter (13-15) will travel to face John’s Creek on Wednesday in Round 2.

In Game 1, Eber pitched 5 1/3 innings allowing only four hits. He left with runners on first and third in the sixth, but Buice came in got two ground balls to get out of the inning and pitched a perfect seventh to earn the save.

Lassiter scored their only run in the first when Nick Esposito reached base after striking out on a wild pitch. He stole second, went to third on a groundout and scored on an error.

In Game 2, Dupree pitched 5 2/3 innings of three-hit ball and struck out seven. Buice came in again and earned his second save of the day with 1 1/3 innings of one-hit ball.

Grant Berry led off the bottom of the first with a home run and later added a double.

John Nelson and Alex Roth each went 2-for-3.

Walton 3-5, Peachtree Ridge 1-0: Chandler Burks pitched a series-clinching one-hitter, as the Raiders swept through the first round of the Class AAAAAA state playoffs.

Burks (6-1) allowed three walks and struck out seven, following an effective start for Game 1 pitcher Logan Barnette (6-1), who scattered eight hits, striking out four and walking two.

After a run in the first inning of the opener, Walton (22-6) added two more in the sixth.

Henry Rowling was 2-for-3 with an RBI, Jason Rooks was 1-for-3 with an RBI double and Carter Kieboom was 1-for-3.

Rowling continued his success in Game 2, going 2-for-3. Luke Manzo was 2-for-3 as well, while Kieboom had a pair of RBIs.

Walton will return to action Wednesday, facing the winner of the first-round series between Parkview and West Forsyth. The Raiders would be on the road if Parkview prevails.

Kennesaw Mountain 10-13, Alcovy 0-1: Tyler Stephenson went combined 5-for-7 with a double, triple and drove in four to lead the Mustangs to an opening-round sweep in the Class AAAAAA playoffs.

Kennesaw Mountain (22-6) will now host Tift County in Round 2 next week.

Ryley Gilliam pitched a complete game, scattering three hits and striking out six in the five-inning Game 1.

Stephenson was 2-for-3 with an RBI, Zach Teem was 2-for-2 with a double, triple and drove in three and Cole Buffington added a double and an RBI.

In Game 2, Stephenson was 3-for-4, had his double, triple and drove in three as the Mustangs won in six innings. Alex Darwiche was 2-for-3 with a triple and Patrick Martin added a double.

Chase Slone pitched five innings of four-hit ball and struck out four.

Mount Paran Christian 9-11, Aquinas 0-1: The second-seeded Eagles had little trouble getting through the first round of the Class A private-school state playoffs.

The second game needed only five innings before the mercy rule came into effect.

Jack Rowan went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs in the opener, while Reed Massey was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Landon Faulkner and Taylor Trammell each had RBI doubles.

Isaac Phillips and Matt Norton both homered in Game 2, with Norton scoring three runs. Phillips, Travis Isenburg and Jake Palomaki each drove in a pair of runs, while Massey had a sacrifice fly.

Starting pitchers Andrew Maxwell and Rutty Jones dominated the doubleheader sweep, with each pitcher allowing just one hit. Maxwell (9-0) struck out nine in Game 1, while Jones (5-0) struck out three in Game 2.

Mount Paran (25-3) will host seventh-seeded Savannah Christian, which swept Brookstone, for a doubleheader when the second round begins Wednesday.

McEachern 6-7, Newton 14-4: After dropping Game 1, the Indians came back to win Game 2 and force a deciding game today in the opening round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs.

McEachern travel to Newton today at 3 p.m.

Luella 11-6, Marietta 4-3: The Blue Devils fell in their opening round series of the Class AAAAAA playoffs.

With the sweep, Luella advanced to face East Coweta next week in Round 2.

Pope 5-2, North Paulding 4-9: The Greyhounds split their opening doubleheader with the Wolfpack.

Pope (16-11) will host a deciding Game 3 today at 2:30 p.m.

Sprayberry 0-5, East Paulding 1-2: The Yellow Jackets came back to win Game 2 and earn a split in their opening round doubleheader of the Class AAAAA state playoffs.

Sprayberry will host Game 3 today at 2 p.m.

King’s Ridge 12-16, Walker 3-0: The Wolverines fell in their opening round series of the Class A private school state tournament.

King’s Ridge will face the winner of the Calvary Day-First Presbyterian series.

BOYS TENNIS

Hillgrove 4, Colquitt County 1:
Maddux Mitchell, Henry Squire and Andy Johnson swept the singles matches to lead the Hawks into their first state semifinal appearance in program history.

Hillgrove (16-6) will travel to face the winner of the Alpharetta-Brookwood match by Wednesday.

With the Hawks’ victory, it means Cobb County teams will make up three of the four spots in the Class AAAAAA semifinals. Lassiter and North Cobb will face each other in the other semifinal.

Mitchell won his match 6-1, 6-1, Squire 6-1, 6-0 and Johnson 6-2, 4-6, 10-8.

Davis Adams and Joey Case teamed to win their doubles match 6-1, 6-0.

GIRLS TENNIS

Whitefield Academy 3, Pace Academy 2:
Rachel Hicks, Annie Sickling and the doubles team of Caroline Holliday and Megan Schwarzkopf lifted the Lady Wolfpack to a victory in the quarterfinals of the Class A private school state tournament.

Whitefield will now host Darlington in a match that has to be played by Wednesday for the right to advance to the state championship.

Hicks won her match 6-3, 6-4, Sickling 6-0, 6-1 and Holliday and Schwarzkopf 6-0, 6-2.

GIRLS TENNIS

Mount Paran Christian 3, Mount Pisgah Christian 2 (PK):
Abbey Williams scored the deciding penalty kick to lead the Lady Eagles to a victory in the opening round of the Class A state playoffs.

Mount Paran will travel to Paideia on Wednesday for Round 2.

Trailing 2-1, Ellie Ingram scored at the 20 minute mark of the second half to tie the game and send it to overtime. The Lady Eagles won the shootout 3-2 thanks to goalkeeper Courtney McKenzie, who stopped three of the penalty kicks.

Ally Atencio scored in the first half to give Mount Paran a 1-0 lead.

Holy Innocents’ 2, Whitefield Academy 0: Lauren Burke made 17 saves in goal, but it wasn’t enough to hold off the Lady Golden Bears.

Holy Innocents’ scored two first-half goals to knock off the Lady Wolfpack in the opening round of the Class A state playoffs.

Whitefield finishes the year 10-7.

BOYS LACROSSE

Harrison 16, Kennesaw Mountain 9:
The Hoyas rolled over their west Cobb rival in the regular season finale for both teams.

Alex Mowry led Harrison (16-1) with four goals and an assist. Luke Hatfield had three goals with an assist, Zach Danneman two goals with an assist and Brad Pierson added two goals. Lucas Whittenberg and Seth Cowan each scored a goal with two assists.

Ryan Clark led the Mustangs with five goals and an assist, while Dennis Bell finished with three goals and two assists.

The Hoyas will open the playoffs on Tuesday when they host Lassiter while Kennesaw Mountain travels to Milton.

Walton 12, Woodstock 6: Justin Peterman scored three goals with an assist to lead the Raiders to an Area 2AAAAAA victory.

Michael Gernatt and Ryan Jones each had two goals and an assist, Jack Whittaker finished with a goal and an assist, and Nick Sposito, Dylan Boast, Rayn Roegge and Josh Burstein each added a goal.

Walton will travel to Hillgrove on Tuesday to open the Class AAAAAA playoffs.

GIRLS LACROSSE

Milton 14, Lassiter 10:
After going back and forth with the perennial power, the Lady Trojans ultimately lost the game that decided the Area 2AAAAAA championship.

Lassiter (15-3, 7-1) raced out to a 3-0 lead in the first 5 minutes before the Lady Trojans’ Cydney Tutchton left with an injury and Milton tied it. Lassiter briefly regained the lead on a goal by Alana Abbott, but Milton responded with three of its own before Tutchton returned and scored to bring the Lady Trojans within one at halftime.

Lassiter again tied it at 7-all with 14 minutes to play, but Milton again retook the lead, this time for good.

Mary Carter Putman finished with three goals, while Alyssa Gattis had two. Alex Fusco and Lucy Mills also scored.

Cara Anderson made seven saves for Lassiter, which will open the state playoffs Wednesday, hosting Newnan, the No. 3 seed from Area 1AAAAAA.
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David Friedman
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May 03, 2014
It is Chase Burks,not Chandler Burks.
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