Whitefield Academy’s Ian Kennedy awaits a pitch in a game against Paideia earlier this season. / Special-Brent Rivers Photography (Whitefield Academy Athletics)

The first week of April brings about the continuation of the prep baseball season for local programs looking to move up in the standings.

Whitefield picked up a 10-4 road win at Pinecrest March 25, led by four hits from Ian Kennedy and Russell Bell’s three RBIs. Carson Sanders and Justin Tinch each drove in two runs while teammate Davis Eaton had two hits for the WolfPack. Kennedy leads the team with a .583 batting average while Tinch has a team-high 16 runs batted in through March 27.

“Our three freshmen pitchers in Cooper Craig, Charlie Baxter and Cole Long have solidified the pitching staff,” Whitefield head coach Mike Shaheen said. “Chase Watson and M.J. McCurdy have played good infield defense and Bell and Sanders have played exceptional outfield defense.”

Next up for the WolfPack will be a road tilt against Mount Pisgah Christian April 3.

Marist has seen improved form through the season, including posting a three-game winning streak highlighted by a 3-2 home victory against Chestatee March 22. Pitchers William Stephens, Seb Thomas and Liam Sullivan have led the charge on the mound, while John Flor has been a solid two-way contributor for Marist on offense and defense.

“The season is going well,” War Eagles head coach Michael Strickland said. “Hopefully we will continue to improve as the weather does. Our team has done a nice job of managing a good schedule and some injuries along the way just like all teams face.”

Marist hosts Cambridge April 5.

Westminster has won 10 of its first 14 contests, including a 10-4 road victory against Stone Mountain March 20. William LeMaster had three hits and three RBIs for the Wildcats, and teammate Mason Poje also notched three hits. Will Benton and Jayson Longacre each had two hits and Badger Warner drew two walks in the win. Other big contributors for Westminster this season include Luke Jannetta with a team-high batting average of .520 at the plate and a team-high 22 strikeouts on the mound along with Nick O’Reilly’s team-high 13 RBIs through March 26. The Wildcats visit North Paulding April 3.

North Springs has received solid contributions from numerous underclassmen including sophomore Simon Gersten, who has a .367 batting average with 14 RBIs and freshman Jake Streeter with team highs in average (.380) and RBIs (16). Other top Spartans have been sophomore Ryan Grayson (.346 batting average), junior Micah Kornblum (11 RBIs) as well as pitchers in freshman Dylan Reid and sophomore Andrew Frank. North Springs visits Milton April 5.

Galloway picked up an 8-5 home win over Weber March 26, with Wyatt Duncan driving in two runs for the Scots. Asher Pollack drew two walks at the plate as well for Galloway in the victory. Aaron Bock had a game-high three hits for Weber while teammate Eli Weiner struck out nine batters as a pitcher in the defeat. Galloway visits Landmark Christian April 8 while Weber visits Mount Vernon Presbyterian April 4.

Mount Vernon extended its winning streak to 14 games with an 8-3 home victory over Paideia March 26. Alex VanLandingham had two hits with two RBIs, while teammate Jake Bloodworth also drove in two runs in the win. Mustangs pitcher Jack Mullen struck out five batters over five innings of work to pick up the victory. Ben Tyrrel threw two scoreless innings of relief for Mount Vernon.

Holy Innocents’ picked up a 15-0 home win in three innings over Our Lady of Mercy March 26. Caleb Ketchup and Brett Adams each had a home run for the Golden Bears. Ketchup had four RBIs and two stolen bases, while Adams drove in three runs and Harrison Padgett notched two hits. Blake Cherrington earned his first varsity win, allowing only two hits for a complete game. Holy Innocents’ visits Mount Pisgah Christian April 5.

Lovett earned a 15-0 home win against Stone Mountain in three innings March 26, led by a game-high three hits from Lance Beck. Will Seiler and Zach Minetola each drove in three runs for the Lions while Michael Hollingsworth struck out four batters with no hits for the complete game shutout. Lovett visits Woodward April 3.

Riverwood picked up a 16-0 home win over Carver March 27. Chris Hall had three RBIs and two hits for the Raiders, while teammates Jason Miller and Harris Beckley each drove in two runs. Josh Peljovich struck out six batters and allowed no hits over three innings of work. Riverwood visits Fellowship Christian April 3.

Pace defeated Cedar Grove 10-0 March 27 as T.J. Rafeedie drove in three runs as a batter and struck out seven in four innings as a pitcher. The Knights host Redan April 8.

Marc Church’s three RBIs and Brett Roberts’ two hits helped North Atlanta win at Northview 6-1 March 25. Church also struck out 10 batters in five innings of work as a pitcher for the Warriors, who visit North Springs April 6.

Wesleyan earned a 5-1 home win over Trinity Christian March 26, as Wyatt Copeland struck out 14 batters over seven innings for the victory. The Wolves host Whitefield April 5.

St. Pius X hosts Oconee County April 5 and Holy Spirit Prep welcomes in Dominion Christian April 9.


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