From Staff Reports
Coahulla Creek High School’s baseball team experienced a little bit of everything on the diamond this past week, essentially living out a quote from the movie “Bull Durham”: “Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains.”
On Saturday, the Colts finally experienced the first (and best) part of that saying, and Blake Phillips was happy to do his best impersonation of hard-throwing Bulls pitcher Nuke LaLoosh on the mound — although Phillips’ control was probably better.
Phillips struck out 12 in a complete-game performance as Coahulla Creek won 2-0 at Heritage-Catoosa, avenging a 2-1 loss suffered Thursday in Varnell.
The Colts (2-4) lost 13-0 Friday at traditional state power Calhoun, making up a game that had been rained out Tuesday. They committed six errors in the five-inning rout, but had no such miscues on Saturday behind Phillips, who allowed two walks and seven hits.
“You know, coming into the week we knew what we were facing with the quality of programs like Heritage and Calhoun,” Colts coach Michael Bolen said. “I just wanted to see the guys be able to have some growth this week as a team. We’ve kind of been on all aspects of the roller coaster this week.”
Phillips helped steady the ride against the Generals, who instead were left to do the guessing about which turn the ball would take.
“He threw great,” Bolen said. “He located all of his pitches well. He had command of his fastball and curveball and kept them off balance. He did a great job.”
Phillips also drove in a run, as did Scout Plott, who had a double. Danny Stavrow was 2-for-4 and scored both runs — one in the first and the other in the third.
“After last night, the guys were kind of down,” Bolen said. “But they responded well and were able to execute defensively and at the plate a little better.”
• North Murray did not report results from Saturday’s scheduled game at Gilmer by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.
• Christian Heritage’s boys and girls took first and Northwest Whitfield’s teams were second in Northwest’s round-robin tournament — which included Gordon Lee — at Edwards Park.
Christian Heritage’s boys beat Northwest 3-2 and Gordon Lee 5-0.
Against Northwest, the Lions (2-1) got singles wins from No. 1 Phillip McClure, 6-2, 6-2, No. 2 Evan Townsend, 6-4, 6-2, and No. 3 Devin Sanders, 6-2, 6-2. The Bruins (2-2) swept doubles with wins from No. 1 Thomas Blackwell and Chris Brown, 5-7, 6-6 (7-5), 1-0, and No. 2 Blake Frankenberger and Cody Bourff, 6-0, 6-0.
Against Gordon Lee, the Lions got singles wins from No. 1 McClure, 7-5, 6-4, No. 2 Townsend, 6-1, 6-1, and No. 3 Sanders, 6-0, 6-0, plus a doubles win from No. 1 Samuel Pippin and Brian Pierce, 6-3, 6-3. No. 2 Harrison Kranzlein and Chris Keyes accepted a forfeit from the Trojans.
Christian Heritage’s girls beat Northwest 4-1 and Gordon Lee 3-2.
Against Northwest, the Lady Lions (3-0) got a singles sweep with wins from No. 1 Tegan McEntire, 6-4, 7-5, No. 2 Claudia Brumlow, 6-4, 6-6 (7-3), and No. 3 Sarah Pippin, 6-3, 6-3. Winning in doubles were No. 2 Sydney White and Courtney Pirkle, 2-6, 6-2, 6-6 (11-9).
The lone win for the Lady Bruins (3-1) came from No. 1 Alli Wagner and Sydney Wagner, 6-0, 6-3.
Against Gordon Lee, Christian Heritage’s singles winners were No. 2 Brumlow, 6-0, 6-1, No. 3 Pippin, 6-0. In doubles, No. 2 Erin Grace White and Hagan Raughton won 6-1, 6-2.
Northwest’s boys beat Gordon Lee 3-2, getting a singles win from No. 3 Lane Watson, a doubles win from No. 1 Dominique Suarez and Israel Uriziah, plus a forfeit at No. 2 doubles.
Northwest’s girls also beat Gordon Lee 3-2, getting a singles win from No. 3 Sara Richards to go with a doubles sweep by No. 1 Mary Kate Jones and Meghan Richards and No. 2 Halley Henderson and Shelley Hendricks.
Northwest’s individual match scores were not available.
• Murray County boys 5, Gordon Central 0: The Indians took their first victory of the year with a sweep on the road.
Singles winners for the Indians (1-4) were No. 1 Shawn Owens, 6-1, 6-0, No. 2 Jacob Thomason, 6-2, 7-5, and No. 3 Brandon Hensley, who accepted a forfeit. In doubles No. 1 Joseph Harry and Josh McLendon won 6-3, 6-3, while No. 2 Noel Moreno and Kevin Pintor accepted a forfeit.
• Murray County girls 4, Gordon Central 1: The Lady Indians (3-2) swept singles with wins from No. 1 Gabbie Bordelon, 6-1, 6-0, No. 2 Allison Jones, 6-0, 6-1, and No. 3 Trinity Rittenhouse, 6-1, 6-1. They also got a doubles win from No. 2 Chloe Brown and Kailey Webb, 6-1, 6-0.
• Cole Townsend’s 3-over-par 75 was good for fifth place among individuals and led the way for Christian Heritage’s boys at Parkview High School’s Georgia Club Invitational in Statham.
Competing for the first time this year and the first time ever against Georgia High School Association teams, the Lions finished fourth in the seven-team field with a 328, behind Milton (301), Blessed Trinity (305) and North Gwinnett (315), but ahead of Class 6A schools Collins Hill (334), Parkview (336) and Lassiter (337).
Kyle Stanley (82), Blake Carver (85) and A.J. Hooper (86) also scored for the Lions.
“Cole played a great round,” Christian Heritage coach Gary Whaley said. “We laid out a (team) goal to shoot between 315 and 319, which we didn’t get, but we see how we could have made it. That was just a stepping stone to get us lower as the year goes on. We want to get down to 310 before our region tournament. We think that will be a good score for us.”
• Dalton’s Mable McKone shot a 98 to lead the Lady Catamounts to a team score of 319 at the Spring Swing tournament at Mossy Creek Golf Course in Cleveland. Dalton finished ninth out of 18 teams.
Ola’s Hayley Austin was the medalist with 6-over-par 78, while Class 5A power Gainesville won the title with a score of 256.
In addition to McKone, Olga Fouche (103) had a counting score for the Lady Cats. Ashleigh Peters and Lyndsey Parker both shot 118, with only one score counting toward the team tally. Also playing for Dalton but not in the team’s designated scoring foursome were Carson Roberts (107), Hannah Thomas (113) and Allison Parker (114).
• Northwest’s Silas Ledford shot a 1-over-par 73 and finished 10th among individuals as the Bruins finished 11th as a team at the Apple Mountain Invitational in Clarksville.
Gainesville won the tournament with a 290, while Walton’s John Yi (68) was the medalist.
In addition to Ledford, other scorers for Northwest were Ethan Hayes (78), Chad Flanders (84) and Tyler Clayton (88).
Northwest’s junior varsity lineup shot a 370 and was led by Alex Canady’s 89. He was joined by Chandler Lomax (93), Tyler Linder (93) and Makray Kyer (95).
Dalton was scheduled to play in the tournament as well, but the Cats’ results were not reported by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.
• Southeast Whitfield did not report results from Saturday’s scheduled home match against AC Reynolds of Asheville, N.C.
Track and field
• North Murray did not report results from Saturday’s scheduled competition in the Warrior Relays Showcase at Gordon Central.