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PREP ROUNDUP: Central baseball routs defending Class 6A champs

Forsyth Central handed Heritage a pair of decisive losses Saturday in a doubleheader sweep of the Patriots.

The Bulldogs (4-1) won the first game 12-2 against the defending Class 6A state champions before taking the second game 11-0.

Juniors Will Martin and John Goodrow each had two hits in Game 1, with Martin finishing 2 for 3 with three RBIs and a run scored. Junior Nicholas Holbrook earned the win, tossing four innings of one-hit ball, giving up two runs, walking two batters and striking out one.

Central needed just four hits to pile up 11 runs in Game 2, as a nine-run fourth inning helped force the mercy rule in the fifth inning. The Bulldogs walked five times in the fourth inning, with all five runners eventually coming around to score. Senior Ryan Gamble threw four innings of shutout ball, striking out five and surrendering just three hits.

Denmark 10, Lambert 3

A four-run first inning was enough to propel Denmark past Lambert on Saturday, 10-3.

The Danes pounded 14 hits in the win, led by three-hit performances by seniors Matthew Cassandra and Trevor Bryk. Cassandra’s RBI single in the first inning started the scoring, while Bryk singled two batters later, then scored on a Nic Ferrer single.

Ferrer drove in two runs, as did Cassandra and junior Aidan Whillock, while Bryk scored three times. Senior Dalton Hansard gave up two runs across four innings while collecting the win, striking out two and surrendering three hits.

Senior Blake Hyman accounted for two of Lambert’s six hits, while junior Matthew Santander had a two-run triple in the second inning for the Longhorns (3-3).

Denmark (2-3) was handed an 11-5 loss by Mill Creek in the second game of the Danes’ doubleheader. Gray Wilson went 3 for 3 with two RBIs and a run scored for Denmark, while Carson Russell finished 2 for 4 with two RBIs and a run scored.

South Forsyth 3, Locust Grove 0

Senior Peyton Rawlins twirled a three-hit, complete-game shutout Saturday during a 3-0 win against Locust Grove, striking out nine batters.

Jacob Bateman, Brennan Hudson and Jack D’Amico accounted for all three of South Forsyth’s hits, with Bateman singling to lead off the bottom of the first inning, then scoring on a wild pitch. Mitchell Thompson scored Gehrig Frei later in the frame on a sacrifice fly, then Hudson added an RBI double in the fifth inning.

South Forsyth (4-2) fell 9-3 to Lee County in the first game of the War Eagles’ doubleheader. Bateman, Hudson and Chris Dougherty collected RBIs for the War Eagles.

Pinecrest Academy 5, George Walton Academy 1

A four-run fourth inning helped Pinecrest past George Walton on Saturday, 5-1.

Junior Connor Amitin mowed down the Bulldogs behind a complete-game two-hitter, giving up one unearned run and striking out three batters across seven innings.

Senior Jay Sorohan went 1 for 3 with a triple, two RBIs and a run scored, while Amitin and senior Joey Kiernan each added one hit.

Pinecrest (3-0) outlasted Athens Christian in the second game of its Saturday doubleheader, 2-1.

The Paladins forced a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning, then freshman Matthew Mapes came through with the go-ahead RBI in the top of the eighth inning.

North Forsyth 8, Tift County 2

Sophomore Tyler Triche drove in five runs Saturday in a 9-2 win against Tift County.

Triche collected two of the Raiders’ 12 hits, and North used four pitchers to hold the Blue Devils to just one hit. Junior Jess Ackerman earned the win, pitching two hitless innings and giving up one run while striking out three and walking five.

North Forsyth (3-3) fell 10-3 to Walton in the second game of the Raiders’ doubleheader, as sophomore Brett Barfield took the loss while giving up eight runs – four earned – across 3 1/3 innings. Sophomore Kaiden Ellis went 1 for 2 for the Raiders, diving in two runs.

West Forsyth 4, Chattahoochee 1

Sophomore Brian Garmon II went 1 for 2 with an RBI and pitched four innings of one-run ball Saturday, as West Forsyth beat Chattahoochee 4-1.

Garmon struck out four batters, while giving up five hits and walking one.

Junior Drew Southern and sophomore Luke Fernandez combined to pitch three innings of shutout relief and strike out six batters.

West Forsyth (5-1) beat Marietta 1-0 on a walkoff squeeze bunt by junior Robert Bottoms in the second game of the doubleheader.

Junior Andrew Maurer earned the win after pitching four innings of no-hit baseball, striking out three batters. Senior Bryce Hawkins picked up where Maurer left off, tossing three innings of one-hit relief while striking out three batters.


Denmark finishes third at North Oconee

Denmark started the season Saturday with a third-place finish against traditional state powers Oconee County and North Oconee. Senior Chase Brock and junior Emma Davies tied for first place on vault, while Davies finished first in all-around and first on bars.


West Forsyth takes second at Coal Mountain Classic

Several Forsyth County golf teams kicked off the season Saturday at the Coal Mountain Classic, with West Forsyth finishing as the top team in the area in second place. South Forsyth finished fourth, while Forsyth Central placed 13th and Denmark took 19th place.

The teams played Stableford golf, where golfers earned eight points for eagles, four points for birdies, two points for par and one point for bogey. Forsyth Central freshman Jack Darke led the Bulldogs with 30 points. Denmark junior Sreyas Gentela led the Danes with 21 points, while freshman Sumanyu Gentela had 17 points and senior Josh Suk finished with 16 points.


South Forsyth 16, North Forsyth 9

South Forsyth opened region play Saturday with a 16-9 win against North Forsyth.

The War Eagles (2-2) are back in action 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Johns Creek, while the Raiders (0-3) look to rebound at home 5:30 p.m. Wednesday against Collins Hill.


Lambert boys place first at Hornets 8 Way

Lambert used a pair of solid performances by its girls and boys track and field teams Saturday at the Hornets 8 Way, as the Longhorns’ boys finished first (171) and girls placed second (113). Lambert’s boys team finished 46 points ahead of second-place Johns Creek.

South Forsyth’s girls team placed third at the meet, 2 ½ points behind Lambert. The War Eagles’ boys team finished seventh.

Lambert senior William Foster won the 400 meter (50.65), while junior Colin Chapman took first in the 800 meter (2:02.00). Senior Kyle Parker finished behind Chapman in second place (2:03.71). The Longhorns scored a couple of close relay wins. First, the Longhorns’ 4x1600 relay team (19:24.79) edged Milton (19:28.11), then the 4x400 relay team (3:27.09) finished less than a second ahead of Woodward Academy (3:27.24). Seniors William Foster and Jalen Battle both finished first in the high jump with a 6-foot jump. Sophomore Grayson Mains took first in the discus with a throw of 125-06.

The Longhorns’ girls earned a pair of wins in the 4x100 relay (50.79) and 4x200 relay (1:49.02). Junior Morgan Gore swept the discus and shot put, with a 94-05 throw in the discus and a 36-06 heave in the discus.

South Forsyth senior Connor Cole (15.90) finished just ahead of Centennial senior Christian Tinch (15.92) in the 110-meter hurdles, while senior Sophia Baker placed first (2:19.94) in the 800 meter. Senior Madelynne Cadeau (2:20.59) finished second in the 800, then took first in the 1600 (4:59.94), finishing more than half a minute ahead of Johns Creek senior Maddie Wheatly. Sophomore Riley Jones (18.30) and freshman Sarah Quian (19.79) went one-two in the 100 hurdles.

West Forsyth impresses at Sawnee Mountain Invitational

West Forsyth impressed at the Sawnee Mountain Invitational on Saturday, grabbing 22 first-place finishes. Senior Josh Whedbee took first in the 1600 meter (4:36.76), while Reece Cato followed with a first-place finish in the 3200 meter (10:21.17). Senior Zack Zabetakis took first place in the 110 hurdles (17.28) and 300 hurdles (45.45), while the Wolverines’ 4x100 relay finished first. Senior Cade Payne took first place in the long jump (21-04.00), then junior Sai Nishchal Donti won first in the triple jump (38-03.00) and sophomore Tate Hunter won in the pole vault (9-00.00).

Freshman Emily Brown (13.08) finished first in the 100 meter, while sophomore Grace Mangan won in both the 200 meter (26.32) and 400 meter (1:00.82). Senior Ashley Hannigan won first in the 1600 meter (5:30.21), followed by a first-place finish by junior Brooke Simon in the 3200 meter. Sophomore Makaya Fofana finished first in the 100 hurdles (19.08) and senior Chloe Cobbett took first in the 300 hurdles (48.86). The Wolverines girls swept the relays, winning the 4x100 (50.77), 4x400 (4:17.80) and 4x800 (11:18.20). Cobbett earned a couple of more wins in the triple jump (36-09.50) and long jump (17-07.50), while senior Ellie Marsden (4-08.00) won in the high jump and freshman Silvana Lopez-Ramirez (7-06.00) took first in the pole vault.

Denmark won seven events, led by junior Mason Harris’ first-place finishes in the 100 meter (11.42) and 200 meter (23.04). Sophomore Ethan Ashley also earned a win in the 800 meter (2:01.71), and the Danes’ relay team took first in the 4x400 (3:39.80). Senior Noah Mallard placed first in the discus (121-09.00) and freshman Nic Cimino won in the shot put (40-02.50).

Sophomore Jessica Perriello earned a win in the 800 meter (2:26.99).