With 21 outs the equivalent of a regulation seven-inning game, it would be hard for that record to be broken, but Barnhill found a way Saturday.
Locked in a pitchers’ duel with her River Ridge counterpart, Barnhill ultimately struck out 23 batters as Pope walked off for a 1-0 victory in eight innings.
Barnhill allowed one hit, and she saw a few other baserunners reach by other means, but two runners were caught stealing. One runner reached base on a dropped third strike.
From the plate, Pope got things going in the eighth, when Lea McFadden was placed on second via the international tiebreaker rule. Sacrificed to third by Shawna Finister, McFadden scored on Lindsey Monkiewicz’s sacrifice fly.
Not all was good for Pope, however, as it lost its second game of the day, 14-9 to Blessed Trinity.
Down 14-3 after 5½ innings, the Lady Greyhounds mounted a small rally to cut their deficit down to five runs before running short.
Hannah Rogers went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs, while Madeline Dobkin was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Kyra Williamson drove in two.
Lauren Palace and Megan Metzinger each went 2-for-4 against River Ridge.
Pope (5-4) will be back in action Monday, traveling to North Paulding.
Kennesaw Mountain has spotless day: The Lady Mustangs swept through their portion of Allatoona’s Buccaneer Bash, beating Heard County 3-2, Etowah 5-4 and Hiram 7-0.
Kathryn Woody emerged as the winning pitcher in the bookend games, while also batting 5-for-8 with an RBI on the day.
Madi Lewis was 4-for-6 with a home run and five RBIs, with Aubrey Schaffer 3-for-6 with three RBIs, including a walk-off double against Etowah. Kelli McGrail was 3-for-7 with a homer and three RBIs, and Michelle Ramos was 2-for-5.
Kennesaw Mountain (5-5) will enter Region 4AAAAAA play Tuesday at Marietta.
Harrison sweeps through Buccaneer Bash: The Lady Hoyas went 5-0 over the weekend in the 32-team Buccaneer Bash.
On Friday, Harrison beat Jackson County 5-4 and North Forsyth 13-4. On Saturday, the Lady Hoyas beat Colquitt County 10-0, South Paulding 5-3 and Cartersville 6-1.
Against Jackson County, Lindley Bruce was 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI, Summer Swanson was 2-for-4 and scored the game-winning run on a single from Pope Etheridge, who was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Swanson was 3-for-4 with two RBIs against North Forsyth. Ethridge was also 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Emily Kachel threw a one-hitter and struck out nine in the win against Colquitt County. Mikenzie Vaughn was 3-for-3 with a double, triple and an RBI. Ethridge added two hits, including a triple and an RBI.
Lauren Kessler hit a home run, Ethridge was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Vaughn had a double and two RBIs against South Paulding. Savannah Freeman earned the win allowing one hit over four innings.
Ethridge finished her big weekend with a triple and two runs batted in against Cartersville. Maddie Davenport added a double and an RBI in the win.
Harrison (11-1) will host North Paulding on Wednesday.
Campbell 2-4, Wheeler 1-21: Though the Lady Spartans won the opener a doubleheader, they quickly fell behind in a three-inning Game 2 loss.
Chandler Kasprowicz pitched a complete-game three-hitter and struck out six to earn the Game 1 win.
Campbell scored both runs in the fourth inning. Kasprowicz scored on an fielder’s choice by Emma Thomas, while Ric’Kell Holmes doubled and scored the eventual game-winner after being brought in by Caitlin Sather.
Holmes and Jo’De Cummings each went 2-for-2 in Game 2.
The Lady Spartans (3-5) will host Douglas County on Tuesday.
North Cobb 1-2 in Buccaneer Bash: The Lady Warriors rolled over Milton, but they fell to Heard County and Creekview in Allatoona’s Buccaneer Bash.
Brianna Vazquez was 2-for-3, Iman Muhammad had a hit and two sacrifices and Casey Page added a double and an RBI in North Cobb’s loss to Heard County on Friday.
In the nightcap, Julie Sanderlin earned her first varsity win in the circle, while Kayla Trumbull went 2-for-2 with four RBIs. Vazquez was 3-for-4, Muhammad was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Page was 3-for-3 with three runs in an 11-2 win over Milton.
On Saturday, the Lady Warriors fell to Creekview 10-2. Josi Elder was 2-for 2, Page had a hit and an RBI, and Vazquez and Taylor Krause each added a hit.
North Cobb (12-3) will host McEachern on Monday.
Lassiter sweeps through Bash: Kelly Sinclair led an offensive onslaught as the Lady Trojans rolled to five wins in the Buccaneer Bash.
Sinclair went 9-for-19 for the weekend with four doubles, a triple and a home run. In Lassiter’s 7-2 victory over Woodland-Henry, she batted for the cycle.
Lassiter downed Ringgold 7-4, North Paulding 10-2, Lowndes 5-4 and Norcross 10-2 in the other four games.
Caroline Knight went a combined 7-for-16, Emily Syvarth 6-for-14 and Catherine Pizza 5-for-15.
Brianna Michaud and Sydney Kayler each won two games in the circle, while Piper Wagner earned the other victory.
The Lady Trojans (8-0) will travel to Walton on Wednesday to open Region 5AAAAAA play.
Harrison’s unbeaten run continues: The Lady Hoyas improved to 14-0 on the season, beating Roswell (25-18, 25-19), Sandy Creek (25-23, 25-20), Columbus (25-18, 25-17) and Rockdale County (25-12, 18-25, 15-4).
Katie Doering had 38 kills on the day, with Caroline Ostman adding 33, Maddie Bright 18 and Allana McInnis 15. That was all largely due to setter Kaylee Morris, who finished with 101 assists.
Harrison’s service game was also crisp, with a total of 23 aces, led by Camryn Bihary’s seven and five apiece from Jocelyn Mahayag and Sarah Taylor.
Kodi Smith led the defensive effort with 41 digs, followed by Mahayag’s 32 and Bihary’s 20. Doering contributed seven blocks.
Harrison will host Woodstock and East Coweta for a tri-match Tuesday, before the Cobb County Invitational next weekend.
North Cobb splits at Classic: The Lady Warriors had mixed fortunes in their Warrior Classic, beating Norcross (25-19, 25-21) and Etowah (23-25, 25-11, 15-12), but they fell to North Gwinnett (18-25, 25-20, 15-11) and Blessed Trinity (25-17, 20-25, 16-14).
Savanna Gonzales’ 35 kills led the day’s offense, with Abby Miller contributing 20 and Jenna Woodruff 18. Taylor Parrish had 88 assists in the four matches, while Christina Matacotta and Shannon Callan combined for 17 aces.
Defensively, Matacotta’s 52 digs and Miller’s 45 led the way, as did Woodruff’s 8½ blocks.
North Cobb (6-5) will travel to Riverwood on Thursday for a tri-match with Lovett.
Lassiter wins four at play date: The Lady Trojans went 4-1 in a Northview play date, beating Landmark Christian (25-20 25-22), Woodstock (25-21, 14-25, 15-11), Northview (26-24, 25-23), and Mount Paran Christian (25-23, 20-25, 15-12).
The lone loss came to St. Pius X, by a 25-18, 25-19 margin.
Libby Bochniak led the way with 52 kills, 33 digs and 44 assists. Alexus Holt had 31 kills, 10 digs and 3.5 blocks, Micah Ensor finished with 21 kills, 24 digs and three blocks, Sam Link had 32 digs and 70 assists and Annie Chandler added 42 digs, six assists and eight aces.
The Lady Trojans (10-4) will travel to Walker on Tuesday for a tri-match with Pope.
Dominion Christian 35, King’s Academy 18: Dorien Jenkins touched the ball nine times for Dominion, resulting in 221 yards and three touchdowns to help lift the Knights to a season-opening victory.
One of Jenkins’ touches was an 83-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. He also had two runs for 2-point conversions, and he had a 70-yard touchdown called back because of a holding penalty.
Sheldon Robyck was 10-of-15 for 200 yards and three touchdowns for the Knights (1-0). He also rushed for 40 yards.
A.J. Wilson had 75 all-purpose yards and a score, while Dave Carr had a 70-yard interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter. Carr also had three tackles, including one for loss.
Tyler Imsand and Levi Lewallen each had nine solo tackles.
Dominion Christian will host the Georgia Force on Friday.