Northwest Whitfield had trouble figuring out Forsyth Central left-hander Andrew Gist on Friday, and the visiting Bulldogs’ batters had little trouble with the Bruins’ pitchers.
Northwest lost 12-0 in the Region 7-4A matchup, a game shortened to five innings by the mercy rule.
Gist pitched four hitless innings, striking out 10 and walking only one. On the other side, Northwest starter Nick Sullivan had trouble with the Bulldogs (6-1, 2-0).
Sullivan pitched three innings, and allowed nine runs, six earned, and nine hits. The scoring started when Spencer Transue launched a one-out, bases loaded double into the right-center field gap and drove in two runners. Forsyth Central scored four runs in the opening frame and four more in the second inning.
“We were a little more aggressive at the plate than we have been” Forsyth coach Kevin McCollum said.
Northwest coach Todd Middleton said the Bruins (5-3, 1-1) “just didn’t compete” against Forsyth and were outplayed in all facets of the game.
“We swing at a lot of bad pitches,” Middleton said. “We let them control the game. We didn’t do anything at the plate. On defense, we didn’t do anything to help our pitchers out, and our pitchers didn’t hit spots well enough and had too many walks and hit too many batters.”
Transue finished with two hits and two RBIs, and Miller Cone added a two-run single.
Seth Pierce was the only Bruin to reach base against Gist — he walked in the second inning but advanced no further. Matt Allen recorded the only Northwest hit with two outs in the fifth, keeping the Bruins from being no-hit for the second time this season.
Heritage recorded a no-hitter against the Bruins on Feb. 27 in Tunnel Hill.
“That wasn’t us, and we decided we’re not going to let that happen again,” Middleton said.
• Southeast Whitfield 7, Ridgeland 1: The Raiders got their first victory of the season four games in, winning their Region 7-3A opener in Rossville.
Tyler Hale pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing one run on seven hits, but he received enough run support in the fourth alone to help secure a win. The Raiders scored five runs in the inning to break the scoring open.
Hale, Jose Vargas, Blake Foster and Esgardo Chavarria each had one hit and one RBI. Abram Stanley also had a hit, which continued his four-game hitting streak.
“We played very well all the way around,” Southeast coach Brad Lofton said. “We played error-free baseball tonight. It was the first time in a long time that we played error-free baseball.”
Rhett Harper finished Ridgeland off in the seventh by recording the final two outs of the game.
“Right now, a win is a win for us, and it gives us something to build on going into the region,” Lofton said.
• Dalton High’s game against Cartersville has been rescheduled to 5 p.m. today.
The Catamounts were originally scheduled to play their Region 7-3A opener at 5:55 p.m. Friday, but it was called off due to wet field conditions.
Also, Coahulla Creek’s home baseball game against LaFayette, scheduled for today, has been postponed. A makeup date has not been set for the game, which was previously postponed this past Friday.
• Northwest’s junior varsity split a doubleheader with Ringgold on Thursday, winning the first game 6-5, but dropping the second, 7-1.
The Bruins’ Cameron Alday pitched all seven innings in the opening game, allowing just three hits and striking out five batters. None of the runs were earned. Ringgold scored four runs in the third, but the Bruins (2-5) combated it with Alday’s two-run homer in the second inning and a two-run double in the sixth.
Tyler Clayton had two hits and an RBI, while Andy Whisenant had a triple.
In the second game, a five-inning contest, the Bruins were held to two hits. Walker Maret pitched three innings, allowing six runs. Only three of those runs were earned, and Logan Hilton pitched the final two innings, allowing only one run.
• Christian Heritage girls 3, Oak Mountain Academy 0: Rachel Gray played a part in every score as the Lady Lions opened their season with a win in Carrollton.
Gray, a senior center midfielder, scored two goals and also set up a score by Morgan Devitt. The Lady Lions outshot their hosts 26-1 in the Georgia Independent School Association Region 1-2A matchup, with Sarah Massengale making the save in the second half.
Massengale teamed up with Victoria McFarland, who played the first half in goal, to earn the shutout.
“It’s good to get a win underneath us,” said Lady Lions coach Adam Bolin, who’s in his second year leading the team.
• Southeast girls 3, LaFayette 1: Alejandra Lerma had a pair of goals and the Lady Raiders outshot the Lady Ramblers 22-8 while rolling to the Region 7-3A victory on the road.
Lerma scored on an assist from Andrea Lopez late in the first half and then scored off of Anahy Rangel’s assist early in the second half to lead Southeast (3-2-1, 2-1). Lopez had staked the Lady Raiders to a 1-0 lead on a penalty kick goal midway through the first half, and Southeast led 3-0 before LaFayette was able to get on the board.
• Gatewood boys 2, Christian Heritage 0: Two goals early in the second half dropped the Lions in their season and GISA Region 1-2A opener in Eatonton.
“It was a pretty physical game,” said Christian Heritage coach Caleb Mahoney, an alum of the program who made his debut in charge. “The game was 2-0, but it honestly looked like it was nil-nil.”
Lions goalkeeper Andrew McEntyre had double-digit saves to keep the Lions in the game, Mahoney said.
“He played amazing,” the coach said. “Both of the goals were right in front of him and he didn’t really have much of a chance.”
• Lambert boys 3, Northwest 1: The Bruins tied things up against one of the top-ranked teams in Class 4A, but a couple of bad bounces went against Northwest (2-3, 1-1 Region 7-4A) in the road loss.
The game was scoreless for much of the first half until Lambert poked the ball into the net after it bounced in front of the Northwest goal for a few seconds. However, Jose Delcid scored in the 55th minute on an assist from Giovanni Aguero to tie it up.
Lambert scored the go-ahead goal in similar fashion to its first one, with the ball bouncing in front of the Bruins goal before finding the back of the net.
“We actually outpossessed them,” Northwest coach Ryan Scoggins said. “They had some good attacks, but we really did a good job of keeping the ball away from their most dangerous players.”
Lambert scored another one in the final minute of the game to close the scoring. The Bruins had 10 shots on goal to Lambert’s 12, and Northwest goalkeeper Miguel Deanda had five saves.
Lambert is ranked No. 3 in Class 4A by eurosportscoreboard.com, and the Bruins’ other two losses have come against Dalton and Southeast, two top-ranked teams in Class 3A.
• Lambert girls 6, Northwest 0: Lambert scored three goals in the first half and three more in the second, and Northwest coach Anna Stutts said the Lady Bruins (1-3-1, 0-2) just “couldn’t get the chances” even though the Lady Bruins moved the ball well.
“(The Lambert) coach even commended us on being a much better team this year than we were last year,” Stutts said.
However, the Lady Bruins still have holes to shore up, which cost them a couple of goals.
“On a couple of the goals, they were just mistakes,” Stutts said. “Like our goalkeeper (deflecting) the ball instead of catching it and Lambert getting (the rebound).”
• Dalton’s boys and girls faced Carrollton and Calhoun and lost all four matches played at the Calhoun Recreation Center.
The Cats (4-2) lost both matches 3-2. No. 1 singles Hunter Carson won 6-4, 7-5 against Carrollton and 6-1, 6-0 against Calhoun. The No. 2 doubles team of Efra Uscanga and Jacob Johnson won 6-3, 6-1 against Carrollton; against Calhoun, the No. 2 doubles lineup of P.K. Bhatter and Mitchell Wilson won 6-4, 7-5.
The Lady Cats (3-3) lost 5-0 to Carrollton and 4-1 to Calhoun, with No. 3 Anna Grace Wilson’s 7-6, 6-2 victory the lone win for Dalton’s girls.
• Coahulla Creek was swept in non-region action with Peperell as the boys lost 3-2 and the girls lost 4-1.
For the Colts (2-2), No. 2 Jake Mathis won 6-4, 2-6, 6-3, and No. 3 Alex Jarjoura won 6-0, 6-2. For the Lady Colts (0-4), No. 1 Erin Orem won 6-4, 6-3.