The Gordon Central Warriors earned a split in a doubleheader on Friday to keep their strong start to the season going.
The Warriors had two back-and-forth games at home against Christian Heritage, winning the first one in extra innings 6-5 and then falling in Game 2, 13-2.
Gordon Central (3-1) rallied for the Game 1 win as they trailed 4-2 going to the seventh and then scored two runs to force extras. After Christian Heritage went ahead with a run in the eighth, the Warriors responded for two of their own for the win in the bottom half.
Bryson Fowler led the way at the plate in Game 1 with two hits, including a triple, to go with an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base. Cam Williams added two hits, Jacob Silvers had a hit and an RBI and Josh Cronan contributed a hit and a run scored. Cameron Pierce earned the win on the mound as he pitched two innings of relief and allowed one run and no hits while striking out one. Nate Tate pitched the first six innings and gave up four runs (three earned) while striking out four.
Game 2 featured big offensive efforts from both teams as they combined for 25 runs and 24 hits. Christian Heritage led 12-8 after four innings, but Gordon Central scored two runs apiece in the fifth and sixth to tie things up. The Lions answered by scoring one in the seventh and holding Gordon Central scoreless in the bottom half to pull out the win.
Pierce went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and two stolen bases to lead the Warriors offensively in Game 2. Riley Carnes had three hits, an RBI and two runs scored, Ryan Norman was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, two runs scored and four stolen bases and Cronan had two hits, including a double, with an RBI and two runs scored. Also contributing at the plate was Zack Sisson with a double and an RBI, Justin Brooks with a hit and an RBI and Silvers and Eli Henderson with a hit and a run scored apiece.
The Warriors are back at home on Friday when they host Temple for a doubleheader starting at 5:30 p.m.
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Jackets split doubleheader
Calhoun had a tough time in Game 1 on Friday against East Hall but bounced back with a solid performance in Game 2 to split a non-region doubleheader.
The Jackets (4-1) had some opportunities offensively in Game 1 to cut into East Hall’s lead but couldn’t seem to come up with the timely hit in those situations. John Andrew Cash had two hits and an RBI to lead the way at the plate, and Brett Potts had two hits, including a double. Julian Ipac also had two hits.
Ben King started Game 1 and gave up four runs, but only one of those were earned, as he took the loss. He allowed seven hits and struck out seven in five innings of work. Ethan Crump pitched two innings of relief and gave up one unearned run on one hit while striking out five.
Game 2 had a much better outcome as starter Davis Allen put together a dominant outing to earn the win. The lefty went six innings and struck out 11 while giving up only three hits. Potts threw a scoreless seventh and struck out two.
Offensively in Game 2, Potts, King and Nate Bonner all had two hits and one RBI apiece. Bonner added two steals as well, Cash had a hit and a run scored and Carson Kemp contributed a hit and a run scored.
The Jackets are at home again on Wednesday as they host Chattooga at 5:55 p.m.
Dalton 4, Sonoraville 0
The Phoenix were held off the scoreboard thanks to strong pitching by Dalton to fall in a non-region contest on the road on Friday.
Sonoraville (1-1) put together four hits in the game but were unable to push a runner across the plate. Grant Hegwood accounted for two of the hits, including a double, and Wyatt Castoe also had a double. Chase Kirby added the only other hit to go with a stolen base.
Castoe got the start and went 2 1-3 innings as he gave up three runs (one earned) on six hits while striking out three. Trent Walker pitched two innings of scoreless relief and struck out three, and Gage Soulios pitched 1 2-3 innings and gave up one run (unearned) on three hits while striking out one.
Sonoraville is back at home on Tuesday to host Dalton at 5 p.m. in a rematch of the non-region contest.
Mt. Zion 14, Gordon Central 5
After falling behind 7-0 on Saturday, the Warriors battled back with four runs in the fourth but couldn’t sustain the rally as they dropped a non-region contest at home.
Gordon Central (3-2) fought back within three runs in the fourth, but Mt. Zion immediately responded with five in the fifth and added two more in the seventh to put the game away.
Bryson Fowler was the Warriors’ top offensive weapon in the loss as he went 3-for-4 from the leadoff spot with a double, an RBI and a stolen base. Jacob Silvers, Josh Cronan, Nate Tate and Cam Williams also scored runs in the game.
Sonoraville boys 10, Haralson County 0
The Phoenix dominated from start to finish on the road on Friday to remain unbeaten in region play early in the season.
Sonoraville (4-1, 2-0) got three goals apiece from Alexander Soldevilla and Dawson Holbrook to lead the way. Soldevilla now has 15 goals through the first five games. Also scoring for the Phoenix was Yorlin Piedrasanta, Samuel Garcia, Alex Salgado and Jonathan Cortez with one goal apiece.
Sonoraville is scheduled to host Dalton on Tuesday in a tough non-region test, barring weather issues, at 7 p.m.
Sonoraville girls 7, Haralson County 0
The Lady Phoenix had goals from five different players in a convincing road region win on Friday.
Sonoraville (3-1-1, 2-0) was led by Deya Irick with two goals. Avery Hamilton, Skylar Huskins, Lacey Bell and Maggie Hamilton also found the back of the net.
Bell, Avery Hamilton and Maggie Hamilton each added one assist apiece.
Sonoraville is back home on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. against Dalton.