The Sonoraville Lady Phoenix avenged an earlier area loss this season and showed improvement on Tuesday with a split at a home tri-match at the Sonoraville Rec.
The Lady Phoenix (12-19, 3-3) opened the night with a victory in two sets (25-20, 25-18) over Bremen as they put together one of their more complete matches of the season and got even with the Lady Devils who defeated Sonoraville in three sets in late August.
Sonoraville then faced a talented Allatoona team in the final match of the night and dropped the non-area contest in two sets (25-9, 25-8).
“We are definitely moving in the right direction,” said Sonoraville head coach Trace Vaughn. “Hopefully, we are starting to peak at the right time. I tweaked the rotation until I found something that worked, but the girls are also playing much more relaxed and having fun.”
Statistically in the split, Bree Steely had five aces, four digs and two kills, Abby Chambers had four kills, two aces and one block, Skylar Huskins had four kills and seven digs, Alexis Lincoln had five kills, Alea Johnson had 16 assists and one dig, Kinsey Wilson had eight digs and one kill, Anissa Hales had three digs, Hannah Wehunt had one kill and one dig and Raleigh Hooper had one kill.
The Lady Phoenix will visit rival Calhoun for a tri-match on Tuesday starting at 6 p.m. against Ringgold and the Lady Jackets.
In other recent prep action:
Sonoraville clinches subregion top seed with doubleheader sweep
The Sonoraville Lady Phoenix swept a doubleheader at Adairsville on Tuesday evening and with those two wins the clinched the No. 1 spot in Region 6-AAA South.
The Lady Phoenix (14-10, 7-0 subregion) defeated Adairsville 5-3 in Game 1 and 9-4 in Game 2 to remain unbeaten in 6-AAA South play and put the top spot out of reach for anyone else below them in the standings.
The top seed means they will host the No. 4 seed from 6-AAA North in the first round of the region playoffs next week and would also host a second-round series should they advance.
On Tuesday in Game 1, Kristen Davis pitched the complete game to earn the win, going seven innings and giving up three runs (two earned) on three hits while striking out eight.
Offensively, Sandra Beth Pritchett had three hits, and Harleigh Chastain added two hits, two stolen bases and an RBI. Alyssa Hughes, Payton Townsend and Karley Thomas all contributed a hit and an RBI apiece, and Grace Fitzwater also drove in a run.
The win in Game 2 featured nine different Sonoraville players recording hits led by Pritchett’s three-hit effort, including a solo homer. Davis had two hits, including a homer, and two RBIs, Hughes added a double and two RBIs, Griffin Holden contributed a hit and two RBIs and Chastain had two hits, two stolen bases and two runs scored. Townsend, Thomas, Fitzwater and Shayna Dutton also had a hit apiece.
In the circle, Alyssa Hughes earned the win by going four innings and giving up four runs (two earned) on seven hits while striking out three. Kelsey Hughes pitched three innings of scoreless ball as well and allowed just one hit while striking out one.
The Lady Phoenix will now await their region playoff first-round opponent for Tuesday. The series will be the best two out of three with Game 3 being held on Wednesday if necessary.
Sonoraville 3, Bremen 0
The Lady Phoenix celebrated Senior Day in the best way possible with a shutout subregion win on Monday.
Sonoraville (12-10, 5-0) scored two runs in the second and one in the fourth and that would be enough a dominant combined pitching effort by Alyssa Hughes and Kelsey Hughes, who were two of the six seniors honored following the victor. Other seniors honored were: Mollie Locke, Harleigh Chastain, Jordan Brown and McKenzie Green.
In the circle, Alyssa Hughes earned the win by pitching five innings and giving up four hits while striking out three. Kelsey Hughes came on to pitch to innings of scoreless, hitless relief and struck out two to earn the save.
At the plate, Green came through with a hit and two RBIs, and Locke drove in the other run. Kristen Davis had two hits, Payton Townsend added a double and a run scored and Chastain also had a hit.
Calhoun 8, Adairsville 5
The Lady Jackets used a big fifth inning on Monday to pull away and hold on for a subregion victory on the road.
Calhoun (14-5, 3-2 subregion) led 2-1 going to the fifth but took control of the contest with six runs in the fifth. Adairsville made a late charge with four runs in the bottom of the seventh but couldn’t get any closer.
Blair Hall led the Lady Jackets’ offense with a 4-for-4 night, including two doubles and an RBI. Audrey Wilbanks had three hits and two RBIs, and Adella Carver also added three hits, including a double. Hannah Mashburn, Carlie Henderson and Lyndi Rae Davis all had two hits apiece with Mashburn doubling and driving in a run, and Jordan Blair contributed a hit and two RBIs. Erin Barnes also drove in a run.
Maggie McBrayer earned the win by pitching a complete game. The freshman allowed five runs on seven hits while striking out nine.
Calhoun was back home on Thursday to host Adairsville in their final subregion game. (For details on that game, see Wednesday’s Calhoun Times.) They will get one more big test before the region playoffs begin next week as they play in the Grayson Tournament on Saturday at Buford against East Coweta at 11 a.m. and Buford at 1 p.m.
Bremen 1, Calhoun 0
Calhoun was held to just three hits on Tuesday in a shutout loss on the road in subregion play.
The Lady Jackets (14-6, 3-3 subregion) got two hits from Carlie Henderson and one from Anna Taylor, but that was all the offense the team could muster against a solid pitching performance by host Bremen.
Blair Hall took the tough-luck loss despite pitching six innings and giving up one run on three hits while striking out one.
Lady Jackets sweep tri-match at Adairsville
Calhoun earned an area win and a non-area win on Tuesday night as they swept the competition at a road tri-match.
The Lady Jackets (23-10, 5-1 Area 1-AAA) defeated Coahulla Creek in three sets in the first match of the night for a non-area victory and then beat Adairsville in two sets to continue their strong run through the area schedule of late. Along with Bremen’s loss at Sonoraville on Tuesday, Calhoun now moves atop the Area 1-AAA standings all alone.
Anna George had a big night individually with 11 kills and six blocks for the Lady Jackets, and Emma Kate Smith was steady with 10 kills, four aces and three digs. Erin Kelly was dominant serving with 10 aces to go along with her three kills and two blocks. Also contributing to the wins were: Sophie Stewart with five kills and three aces, Ashlyn Brzozoski with four aces, three digs and two kills, Ashton Ensley with four digs and a kill, Erin Davis with three aces, two digs and a kill, Jenna Santori with three digs, Railey Greeson with two digs and an ace and Callie Ledford with an ace. Anna Hoblitzell and Davis were also key in setting the ball for their teammates in both matches according to head coach Randy Rice.
The Lady Jackets were on the road again on Thursday for a non-area tri-match at Northwest Whitfield along with Cartersville. (For details on those matches, see Wednesday’s Calhoun Times.) They will host rival Sonoraville and Ringgold starting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday.
Sonoraville splits in home tri-match
The Lady Phoenix hosted Adairsville and Southeast Whitfield at the Sonoraville Rec on Wednesday and came away with a 1-1 night.
Sonoraville (13-20, 4-3) fell to Southeast Whitfield in two sets (25-14, 25-22) in the first match of the night before coming back to earn a two-set (25-13, 25-15) victory in an area match against Adairsville in the nightcap.
Kinsey Wilson finished with 10 digs, three aces and two kills in the two matches, and Alea Johnson had 14 assists, two aces and one dig. Also contributing in the split was: Bree Steely with four kills, four digs and one block, Abby Chambers with four kills, three aces and two blocks, Alexis Lincoln with three kills, one dig and one assist, Skylar Huskins with seven digs, two aces and two kills, Raleigh Hooper with one kill and one block, Anissa Hales with five digs, two assists and one kill and Hannah Wehunt with four digs and one ace.