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PREP ROUNDUP: O'Rourke tosses five-inning no-hitter; Lambert girls lax continues undefeated start

Pinecrest Academy 10, King's Ridge Christian 0

Patrick O'Rourke threw a five-inning no-hitter, with the only baserunner reaching on an error, to help the Paladins to an easy win on Saturday and give them their first victory of the season. O'Rourke allowed no hits, no walks, and had seven strikeouts in the win. Mason Carter and Matthew Savage doubled for Pinecrest, and Carter had two RBIs.

Forsyth Central 5, Sequoyah 1

The Bulldogs had just five hits in their road matchup on Saturday, but opportunistic production and six walks helped them top the Chiefs. Tristen Rose had one of those hits, along with a walk, and also stole two bases, part of six steals the Bulldogs pulled off on the day.

Will Meisner threw 2 1/3 hitless innings in his start for Central, while Ryan Gamble, Stevie Lyons and Jonathan Bergmoser teamed up out of the bullpen to finish the game for the Bulldogs, who improved to 3-2 with the win.

North Forsyth 3, North Hall 2

The Raiders fell behind 2-0 in the third inning against the Spartans, but a run in the fourth and two in the sixth propelled North to a comeback win. Justice Bailey, Garrett Staton and Holton Payne all had two-hit games for the Raiders, who improved to 5-3 with the win, while Noah Gilbert had a strong outing in relief, allowing just one hit over 3 2/3 innings and recording six strikeouts.

Collins Hill 6, West Forsyth 1; West Forsyth 2, Alpharetta 1

The Wolverines split a pair of games on Saturday, putting their record at 2-4 on the season. In the first game, Eagles starter Sam Horn held West in check, allowing just one run on six hits through seven innings. In the second game, though, Blake Whitfield and Marc Ellenburg combined to do the same to the Raiders, with Whitfield going 6 1/3 innings and allowing four hits in his outing. Matthew Strzelecki had a double and scored a run for West.

South Forsyth 4, Niceville (Fla.) 3; Providence Academy 7, South Forsyth 6

The War Eagles split two games played at Callaway High in LaGrange on Saturday, moving their record to 6-3 on the season. In the first game, South was outhit by Niceville by a 7-5 margin, but a strong six-inning start from Peyton Presley, in which he allowed three runs on five hits in six innings, helped the War Eagles force extra innings tied at 3-3. Brennan Hudson's RBI single in the eighth gave the War Eagles the lead, and Chris Dougherty then closed it out for South.

In the second game, South had it tied 6-6 after scoring three runs in the top of the sixth, but a run in the bottom of the frame gave Providence the decisive lead.

Starr's Mill 4, Denmark 1; East Coweta 7, Denmark 3

The Danes fell to 4-5 with two losses on Saturday. In the first game, Denmark was unable to generate significant offense against Panthers duo Hunter Lawson and Beau Gardner. Matthew Cassandra and Jack Kream each had a double for the Danes. Against East Coweta, Denmark got out to a 2-0 lead after the first inning, but four runs in the second inning and three in the third by the Indians were too much for Denmark to overcome.

Blessed Trinity 8, Lambert 1; Wayne County 9, Lambert 7

The Longhorns fell to 2-8 with two losses at home on Saturday. In the first game, a five-run third inning by the Titans did Lambert in, with the Longhorns only being able to manage a single run in the fifth. In the second game, Lambert had a 7-3 lead after a three-run fourth inning and four-run fifth, but four runs by Wayne County in the seventh inning sent the game to extras, and two more in the eighth won it for the Yellow Jackets. Parker Brosius and Braden Bamburowski each had a home run for the Longhorns.


Lambert 9, Pope 8

The Longhorns continued their strong start to the season on Saturday, moving to 5-0 with a win over the defending state quarterfinalist Greyhounds.


Lambert 14, West Forsyth 0

The Longhorns finished their dominant run through county opposition on Saturday, topping the Wolverines at home to move to 4-0 on the season. Lambert had beaten South Forsyth, Forsyth Central and North Forsyth in its previous three games, all by 12 goals or more. 


Lambert, South Forsyth, North Forsyth and West Forsyth competed in the Johnny Paul Invitational at Jekyll Island on Saturday. The War Eagles were the top overall finisher from the county, getting third overall with a 302, and senior Drew Shell was the event's low medalist, shooting a 69. Lambert was a place behind South, shooting a 303, led by Stephen Foernsler's 73. West shot a 311, led by Peyton Balent's 76, and North had a 324, led by Parker Vaughan's 76.


North Forsyth, South Forsyth and Forsyth Central competed at the Milton Showcase Invitational on Friday and Saturday. War Eagles junior Madelynne Cadeau won the two-mile in 11:09.04, beating Cambridge's Ashley Sechrest by less than a second for the win. South's girls also won the 4x800 meter relay, beating second-place Walton by more than 40 seconds, and the distance medley relay, topping second-place Cambridge by more than 30 seconds. North Forsyth's Trevor Elliot won the 300-meter dash in 36.48, and the Raiders won the distance boys medley relay. Central's Calan Gizelbach won the two-mile in 9:39.44, and South's Ridvan Kazimov won the shot put with a throw of 50 feet, 7 inches.

Lambert competed at the Need for Speed X meet at Parkview on Friday, with the Longhorns girls winning the team title and the boys placing second. Jalen Battle won the boys high jump with a mark of six feet.

West Forsyth competed at the Sandlapper Track and Field Classic in Charleston on Saturday. Both Wolverines 4x1600 relay teams won titles, and Chloe Cobbett won the triple jump with a leap of 34 feet, 2.5 inches. The West girls finished second in the team standings.

Denmark competed in the Chick-Fil-A Storm Invitational at Providence Christian on Saturday. Jessica Perriello won the girls 1500 meters in 5:17.56, the girls 4x400 finished first overall, and Karthik Kochuparambil won the boys 1500 in 4:19.42. The Danes girls finished tied for second overall in the team standings.