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THURSDAY'S PREP ROUNDUP: Coosa girls’ soccer clinches state playoff spot

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Despite playing in a torrential downpour for the final 25 minutes, the Coosa girls’ soccer team held on to beat Pepperell 4-3 Thursday in Lindale, finishing fourth in Region 7-AA and earning a spot in the Class AA state playoffs.

“We have not done this in a long time for this program,” Coosa coach Ben Windom said. “It has been phenomenal. Tonight was competitive all night long. They weren’t playing for a spot, but we both fought hard.”

Coosa’s Emily Martin led the team with a hat trick, including two goals in the first half. Meanwhile, Evelyne Cruz notched one goal and one assist and goalkeeper Alexys Davis made eight saves.

All of Pepperell’s goals came from Ansley Davenport, while Kinsey Pyles grabbed two assists and goalkeeper Brianna Culpepper had eight saves.

Coosa will play Region 5-AA champion Lamar County in the first round of state next week.

In other action:

Darlington girls 10, Morris Innovative 0

Alex Gardner scored four goals, Anna Katherine Cates added three more and the Darlington Lady Tigers completed the regular season with a 10-0 win at Morris Innovative.

Annaliese Clevenger, Lilley Washburn and Morgan Ivestor each added a goal in the Area 7-A game that was ended due to the mercy rule. Darlington (6-10, 5-0 7-A) will host the first round of the Class A state playoffs Tuesday. Its opponent has not yet been decided.

Darlington boys 3, Morris Innovative 2 (PK)

Spencer Graham notched the game winner in the seventh round of penalty kicks to give Darlington the 3-2 win over Morris Innovative on the road Thursday.

The Area 7-A match was knotted at 2-2 after full time and stayed so through overtime.

Sam Berry scored Darlington’s first goal on an assist from Noah Woford, while Krisztian Sandor scored on an assist from Jack Pearson.

The Tigers (7-7-1, 5-0 7-A) enter the Class A state playoffs as the No. 1 seed and will host a first round match Wednesday.

Rome boys 1, Cherokee 1

The Rome High boys ended the regular season with a 1-1 draw at non-region opponent Cherokee on Thursday. Angel Morente scored on an assist from Sergio Vazquez for the Wolves’ only goal.

Rome (10-4-1) outshot the home team 18-2, as Mutsa Nyamuranga, Cade Graham, Brandon Juarez, Cooper Williams, Grant Chambers and Henry Ramirez all clamped down on defense.

As the No. 2 seed from Region 7-5A, the top 10-ranked Wolves will host Chamblee in the first round of the state playoffs April 28 at Barron Stadium.

BASEBALL: Darlington 3, St. Francis 2 (Gm 1); St. Francis 2, Darlington 1 (Gm 2)

Darlington hosted a doubleheader against Region 6-A opponent St. Francis on Thursday, winning the first game in walk-off fashion while coming up short in the nightcap.

Nick Mauer hit a solo home run in the fourth inning and then hit a two-run double in the bottom of the seventh to give Darlington the 3-2 victory in Game 1.

Cal Fuller got the win on the mound, pitching a complete game and striking out seven. St. Francis scored two runs in the top of the seventh to put the Tigers in a bind.

Some early errors allowed the visitors to put up two runs in the first inning of Game 2, and Darlington couldn’t bounce back. Kolin Rogers had an RBI single for the Tigers in the sixth. Nolan Wilson went all seven innings on the mound, allowing only two hits and striking out six.

Darlington (11-13) completes its series with St. Francis on the road today at 3:30 p.m.

SOFTBALL: Unity Christian 2, New Creation 1

In a decisive Game 3, Lindsay Hoyt hit an RBI double in the first inning against New Creation Christian on Thursday and Unity Christian held on to win the game and the quarterfinal series of the GICAA Division II state playoffs.

Pitcher Keri Glass struck out seven in the complete-game effort, while Lady Lion Maddie Dorough saved the possible game-tying run after making a throw from left field to home to keep the runner at third.

Unity Christian split their series-opening doubleheader with New Creation on Monday, winning the opening game 14-2 before coming up just short in the second game, 4-3. Glass pitched both of those games as well, striking out four in Game 1 and 11 in Game 2.

The Lady Lions will host Holy Ground Baptist in the Final Four series, starting with a doubleheader on Monday at Grizzard Park.

GOLF: Pepperell girls 90, Cedartown 101

The Pepperell girls’ golf team got a victory over Cedartown at Meadow Lakes Golf Course on Thursday, shooting a combined 90 against the Lady Bulldogs’ 101.

Pepperell was led by Sydnie Edwards’ 43, while teammate Josie McGraw shot a 47. Cedartown’s Sydney Greenway finished with a 50, while Evie Blackman had a 51.