The first week of April brings about the continuation of the prep baseball season for local programs looking to move up the standings.
Wesleyan earned a 5-1 home win over Trinity Christian on March 26 as Wyatt Copeland struck out 14 batters over seven innings for the victory. The Wolves host Whitefield on April 5.
Blessed Trinity has started its season 17-3 including a 6-2 victory against Flowery Branch on March 29. Ryan Davis and CJ Abrams each had two hits and two runs batted in for the Titans in the win. Abrams has a team-high batting average of .377 with 19 stolen bases and 18 runs scored this season. Eric Moore threw a complete game and posted eight strikeouts for Blessed Trinity in the Flowery Branch victory. He has won five contests this season. Other top performers this season for the Titans have included Steele Chambers with a .333 batting average and Jake Smith’s three home runs and 17 RBIs.
“It has been a gauntlet of a schedule but our kids are a competing bunch of dudes,” Blessed Trinity head coach Andy Harlin said. “We loaded up on the non-region schedule playing in two out-of-state tournaments. On top of a brutal non-region schedule, Region 7AAAA is an absolute giant monster. Every team can beat you on any given day so absolutely zero off days. But, that being said, that’s why you play. Big games are fun.” Next up for the Titans will be a home contest against Marist on April 3.
Roswell has posted a record of 11-5 through March 31. The Hornets dropped their last contest at home to Walton 9-3 despite two hits from David Burke. “Overall we are playing well,” Roswell head coach Ben Sutter said. “We’ve had a few injuries lately that we are working through but the guys on the team are coming through in big situations. We’ve had solid seasons from Mike Convery, Jacob Jarrett and Burke. On the mound we’ve had a excellent season so far from Matthew Nay, Christian Orr, Michael Convery and Luke Osthoff.”
Centennial was on the winning end as it emerged with a 13-2 home victory against North Atlanta on March 29. Wesley Hall and Sam Janis each had three RBIs while Jonathan Cannon struck out six batters in five innings of work on the mound in the win. The Knights have won 11 contests this season.
“The season has gone really well so far,” Centennial head coach Matthew McCarthy said. “We still have a lot of baseball to play, but we are happy with how we have performed so far.” The Knights visit Pinecrest Academy on April 5.
Cambridge picked up a 6-0 home win over Centennial on March 27 led by Blake Renner who struck out 13 batters and gave up only two hits in the complete game shutout. “Ryan Todd and Cody Rech have been swinging the bats well for us,” Knights head coach Evan Tieles said. “Our starting rotation of Evan Pollifrone, Casey Young and Renner have been giving us a chance in each of their starts. Michael Polk has been strong for us out of the bullpen.” Cambridge visits Marist on April 5.
Alpharetta earned a 4-3 road win against Pope on March 28 led by two hits each from Bradley Christian and Jack Barone. The Raiders visit Christ Presbyterian in Nashville, Tennessee on April 4.
Fellowship Christian picked up a 12-4 home win over Mount Pisgah Christian on March 28. Andrew Davidson had a game-high four hits while Preston Joye posted three hits and three RBIs for the Paladins in the victory. Isaac Bouton had five strikeouts in five innings for Fellowship on the mound and drew three walks at the plate. Mikey Nardella had three hits for Mount Pisgah in the defeat. Fellowship visits Riverwood on April 3.
King’s Ridge won at Mount Pisgah 18-1 on March 30 as Jake Roth, Trey Larkin and Ryan Higginbotham each had three hits to lead the Tigers. Roth and Larkin also each had three RBIs in the victory. Blake Smith struck out five batters for King’s Ridge on the mound. The Tigers host Holy Innocents’ on April 6.
Milton fell at home to Forsyth Central 3-1 on March 29 despite nine strikeouts over six innings from Cole Stupp. The Eagles host Marist on April 3.
St. Francis defeated Whitefield Academy at home 8-1 led by Griffin Weaver’s game-high five RBIs and two hits from Brooks Mitchell. Will Clark struck out 13 batters in six innings of work for the Knights to earn the win. St. Francis visits Paulding County on April 5.