Northwest Whitfield High School shortstop Diego Peralta misplayed a grounder in the top of the sixth inning Monday that led to Christian Her-itage scoring four runs and tying the game at 5-all.
In the bottom of the sixth, Peralta made up for it.
His two-run single brought in Kyle Brock and Andy Whisenant with what turned out to be the game-winning runs, and Edwin Hernandez followed with a towering homer into the trees beyond the left-field fence to give the Bruins a 9-5 victory over the Lions.
The victory avenged Christian Heritage’s 6-3 win over Northwest in the season opener for the Bruins (2-1) last week. Both were non-region matchups.
“We needed to get back at them tonight,” Peralta said of the rematch with the Lions (2-2). “We weren’t mentally focused the first time we played them, and we just needed to get the job done tonight.”
Peralta did, going 2-for-4 with a double in the first. Hernandez was also 2-for-4 with a fifth-inning double and four RBIs in the game. He also went to the mound in relief in the top of the seventh after the Lions had loaded the bases with one out, striking out two to get the save.
Wade Terrell made his first start on the mound for Northwest, struck out four and gave up just three hits in five innings of work. Andy Whisenant, who came on in relief in the sixth, was the pitcher of record and took the victory.
Christian Heritage was hurt by seven errors. Catcher Tre Mason was the only Lion with two hits, and he also had an RBI single in the sixth.
“We pitched well and hit well enough,” Lions coach Noah Stokes said. “We just have to play better defense.”
Spencer Robbins, who held the Bruins to two unearned runs in the third, pitched five innings with five strikeouts. He also drove in a run at the plate. Chase Tidwell, Ian Robbins and Tyson Cooper each had RBIs for the Lions.
• Coosa 5, North Murray 4: Coosa pushed across a run on a double in the top of the ninth and North Murray couldn’t answer in a non-region loss in Chatsworth.
North Murray’s Aaron Granger pitched three innings and struck out four, while Ethan Lents pitched five inning and allowed just a single hit while striking out four. Cole Vaughn had two hits and drove in a run for the Mountaineers (1-3).
• Northwest girls 5, Ridgeland 0: The Lady Bruins (1-1) opened Sub-region 7B-4A play by sweeping their way to victory at Edwards Park.
They got singles wins from No. 1 Emma Jones, 6-2, 6-4, No. 2 Gracie Cansler, 6-0, 6-1 and No. 3 Sara Richards, who accepted a forfeit. In doubles, No. 1 Sydney and Ali Wagner won 6-0, 6-0, while No. 2 Valerie White and Halley Henderson won 6-0, 6-0.
• Northwest boys 5, Ridgeland 0: The Bruins (1-1) also took their sub-region opener at Edwards Park, getting singles wins from No. 1 Jacob Fredrickson, 6-0, 6-3, No. 2 Troy Poe, 6-1, 6-0 and No. 3 Lane Watson, 6-0, 6-0, plus doubles wins from No. 1 Thomas Blackwell and Chris Brown, forfeit, and No. 2 Aaron Swaney and Dominique Suarez, forfeit.
• Coahulla Creek boys 3, Sonoraville 2: The Colts remained undefeated through six matches — all in Region 5-3A play — with a singles win from No. 3 Alex Jarjoura 2-6, 6-0, 6-2, plus doubles wins from No. 1 Austin Turner and Donovan Newby 7-6 (7-3), 6-2, and No. 2 Jake Stevenson and Salim Mdeiway, 7-5, 3-5, 6-2.
• Coahulla Creek girls 3, Sonoraville 2: The Lady Colts (3-3) got a singles win from No. 1 Erin Orem, 6-2, 7-5, plus doubles wins from No. 1 Hannah Locke and Madison Zerbe, 7-6 (7-3), 6-0, and No. 2 Olivia Hughes and Kennedy Chandler, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.
• Model girls 3, Murray County 2: In Rome, the Lady Indians suffered their first loss in three matches to open the season but got singles victories from No. 1 Gabbie Bordelon, 6-1, 6-1, and No. 2 Allison Jones, 6-3, 6-3.
• Model boys 5, Murray County 0: The Indians lost their third straight match to open the season, falling on the road.
• Northwest JV boys 2, Rome 0: Brandon Jimenez scored in the first half and David Paz added another goal in the second half for the Bruins (1-1). Rodrigo Martinez made four saves to earn the shutout in goal.
• Coahulla Creek’s boys team competed in the Ringgold Invitational on Saturday. The Colts scored 48.5 points and finished 12th in the 13-team field.
Instead of using a stroke-play format, the tournament’s scoring system used a modified Stableford format with points earned for individual scoring. Teams earned four points for an eagle, three points for a birdie, two points for a par, one point for a bogey and a half point for a double bogey.
Brannon Wilson led the Colts with 14.5 points. Austin Cole (14), Ian Conway (14) and Maverick Lynn (6) also scored for Coahulla Creek.
The Colts’ junior varsity team also competed, scoring 30.5 points. Walt Douglas’ 14 points led the team.
David Manis (10.5), Austin Burton (4) and Jake Dean (2) also scored for Coahulla Creek. Colts coach Brian Dodson said Dean is the only freshman of the four, while the others are eighth-graders.