Southeast Whitfield 3, Northwest Whitfield 2
Southeast Whitfield High School baseball players call teammate Bryson Lofton a name he proved suitable Tuesday night -- Mr. Clutch.
The sophomore Raider batted in two of his team's runs and scored the winning run on an error as Southeast (12-14, 5-11 in Region 6-4A) defeated Northwest Whitfield on the road, 3-2. Lofton finished 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs.
"It was awesome," said Brad Lofton, Southeast coach and Lofton's father. "Both of his hits came with two outs, and I think that's why his teammates call him that. We had some really big hits when we needed them. It was a really great game."
The Bruins (18-6, 12-4 in Region 6-4A) entered Tuesday's game needing wins in two games of the three-game series to claim the region title. Senior pitcher Ty Fisher gave one of his best efforts all season, recording 17 strikeouts in all seven innings pitched for Northwest.
Hank Bearden got things rolling for the Bruins early as he homered to right field in the bottom of the first inning. Brody Crossen added the second run for Northwest in the second inning after being hit by a pitch, stealing second and scoring on a ground ball from Noah Newman.
Murphy Flood scored in the top of the fourth inning for Southeast on the first of Lofton's doubles. Flood scored again in the sixth on Lofton's second double. He advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored the winning run on a catching error.
Andrew Fowler pitched the first six innings for the Raiders, while Flood picked up the win by striking out two of three batters in the final inning.
"I am so proud of the boys," Brad Lofton said. "That was really fun."
The two teams are back at Northwest at 5:30 p.m. today for game two of the series. The Bruins can still win the region with two straight wins, including the third game at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday at Southeast.
Dalton 13, Sprayberry 0 (five innings)
Kaleb Valdez led offensively, finishing 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs as Dalton topped Sprayberry on the road Tuesday night, 13-0.
For the Catamounts, (12-15, 8-9 in Region 6-6A) Brady Pendley pitched a no-hitter in all five innings with five strikeouts. Freshman Parker Eicholtz added 2-for-3 hitting with a double and three RBIs, while Brant Bagley was 1-for-3 with two RBIs. Jack Ridley was 2-for-3 with a double, and Ben Bramblett, Justin Ketchem, Orlando Santiago and Tyson Swope each finished with one RBI.
Dalton hosts Heritage for a doubleheader at 5 and 7 p.m. Friday.
Haralson County 5, Murray County 2
Murray County fell to Haralson County Tuesday night at home, 5-2.
Kaleb Jones was 1-for-2 with a double and one RBI for the Indians (2-21, 2-12 in Region 6-3A). Logan Palmer pitched six innings to take the loss.
Murray County plays at 5:55 p.m. Thursday at Adairsville.