So far, North Murray High School baseball coach Steve Granger is enjoying this week more than last.
A solid win over a local team will have that effect.
The Mountaineers beat Dalton 4-1 Wednesday in Chatsworth, spreading around the offensive work to support a strong outing by Jared Goswick, who walked five but allowed just three hits and kept the Catamounts’ baserunners from becoming too much trouble.
Goswick struck out five as he worked five innings to pick up the win. He was also 2-for-2 at the plate and had an RBI as he helped the Mountaineers (3-5) bounce back after they went 1-2 last week, with one of the losses a 12-2 defeat at Northwest Whitfield.
“Last week was a tough week for us, so I was really curious how our kids were going to respond. They came out and played a solid ballgame,” said Granger, whose team was originally scheduled to play Dalton on Monday before the game was rained out. “What was different in this one than the others was our pitching. Our starting pitcher went five innings — last week we weren’t able to throw strikes, so we didn’t stick with the pitchers very long.”
Dalton (1-5) took a 1-0 lead in the third inning as Grant Sane doubled and later scored from third on a passed ball.
The Mountaineers tied in the fourth, then went ahead in the fifth when Jared Campbell scored after Evan Rice hit into a fielder’s choice with two outs and runners at second and third. North Murray scored its final two runs in the sixth.
Brandon Brock and Aaron Granger each added an RBI for the Mountaineers, while Ethan Lents finished 2-for-3 and Cole Vaughn had a triple.
“It’s always a good thing when you run into a rough spell but the kids are able to bounce back,” coach Granger said.
“Defensively, we kept ourselves in it, and then the hits came there at the end and we were able to push a few runs across.”
• Christian Heritage 5, Trion 3: The visiting Bulldogs loaded the bases in the seventh and scored a pair of runs, but the Lions held off the threat and held on for the Sub-region 6A-A victory.
Michael McKinney turned in a complete-game effort for Christian Heritage (4-4, 2-1). The senior allowed two earned runs on six hits and three walks while striking out eight.
Ian Robbins went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs to lead the Lions offensively. Jake Stokes had an RBI triple, Chase Tidwell chipped in an RBI double and McKinney helped himself with a sacrifice fly.
“Michael pitched well and hopefully we’re getting the defense solidified, but we need to be a little bit more aggressive at the plate,” Lions coach Noah Stokes said.
• Sonoraville 11, Southeast Whitfield 1: The Raiders struggled on the road — they had more errors (five) than hits (three) — and the non-league matchup was shortened to five innings by the run rule.
“It was just one of those games where we didn’t hit it, didn’t catch it, didn’t throw it,” Southeast coach Brad Lofton said. “We just didn’t show up tonight.”
Austin Purkey scored the lone run for the Raiders (3-4), reaching first base on an error, advancing to second base on another error, moving to third on a passed ball and scoring on yet another error.
Tyler Hale worked the first three innings on the mound for Southeast, allowing six runs (four earned) on six hits and no walks while striking out two. Devin Gentry allowed the remaining runs — three were earned — on five hits and two walks.
• North Murray JV 3, Dalton 2: Blake Burris’ single up the middle drove in the winning run for the Mountaineers (1-2), who trailed 2-1 entering the fifth inning. Austin Lents had two hits, one of them a double, and collected a pair of RBIs, including the game-tying single in the fifth.
• Northwest’s junior varsity team was swept in a doubleheader at Gordon Lee, falling 17-6 in the first game and 9-6 in the second.
Ty Pendley finished the day 5-for-7 to lead the Bruins (2-2) at the plate, while Caleb Shiflett was 3-for-6 with a double. Aaron Ball was 2-for-2 in the first game.
• Morris Innovative boys 5, Chattooga 2: The Tigers never trailed, but they took the lead for good on Adrian Love’s goal early in the second half, when Danny Alonzo made five saves to keep them in control.
Felipe Barrientos and Eduardo Padilla each scored twice and assisted on another goal for Morris Innovative (4-3, 3-3 Region 7-2A), while Misael Esparza had two assists and Love added one assist.
Morris Innovative was up 3-1 before Chattooga cut the lead to 3-2, but the Tigers struck for two goals late in the match.
“There was a lot of fast play by both teams,” Morris Innovative coach Ernie Dempsey said. “It was really kind of an exciting game, more than I expected — I expected both teams to play a lot slower and more patient, but both teams played wide open. It was good. We’re definitely improving.”
Morris Innovative, a second-year program, will take on a local foe for the first time when it hosts Murray County at 7 p.m. today at Harmon Field.
“We’re expecting to see a really good effort out of (Murray County),” Dempsey said.
• Chattooga girls 5, Morris Innovative 0: Itzel Moreno had 15 saves in goal for the Lady Tigers (0-7, 0-6) in the road loss.
• Northwest girls 153, Murray County 185: Marlee Bingham’s 10-over-par 46 was good for medalist honors and led the Lady Bruins to the nine-hole victory at Indian Trace in Chatsworth.
Also scoring for Northwest were Alicia Cole (52) and Dallas Coker (55). Also participating for the Lady Bruins was Emily McKinney (57).
Murray County got counting rounds from Amber Lewis (59) and Katherine Baynes (61). Rebekah Wildes and Emily Lewis each shot a 65, although only one round counted toward the team score.
• Coahulla Creek JV boys 3, Northwest 2: The Colts won their season-opening match at Edwards Park via a singles victory from No. 2 Austin Lansing, 9-7 in pro-set play, plus a sweep of doubles as No. 1 Salim Mdeiway and Jacob White won 8-3 and No. 2 Cristian Mascote and Austin Riddlebarger won 9-7.
The Bruins took two singles courts, getting victories from No. 1 Santi Angel, 8-3, and No. 3 James Zong, 8-2.
• Coahulla Creek JV girls 3, Northwest 2: The Lady Colts also won their first match of the year, sweeping singles with victories from No. 1 Alex Wilbanks, 8-4, No. 2 Sydney Storey, 8-6, and No. 3 Kennedy Chandler, 8-6.
Northwest gained its points in doubles, getting wins from No. 1 Jamison Payne and Ciera Storey, 8-4, and No. 2 Chesalon Dean and Alma Mahmutovic, 9-7.