Prep roundup: Coan strikes out 40 in trio of GAC wins

From Staff Reports

Greater Atlanta Christian ace Jessica Coan continued to dominate and helped the Spartans win the Platinum Bracket of the South Gwinnett Diamond Classic on Saturday.

GAC was one of three county teams winning its bracket - Dacula won the Diamond Bracket and Mill Creek took the Gold.

Coan struck out a collective 40 batters and gave up a single run as the Spartans won all three of their games Saturday.

Coan's lone run was earned by Grayson, but GAC rallied in the seventh to defeat the Rams 2-1. It was a heartbreaker for Grayson and pitcher Mandi Burns, who threw her first no-hitter and still lost.

Julio Stephens had the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the seventh. She scored Mollie Mitchell and Rebekah Osteen, who got on board via an error and walk, respectively.

Coan struck out 13 Black Knights and repeated the feat in a 5-0 two-hit shutout of Peachtree Ridge. The sophomore also went 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs at the plate.

Reagan Page was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs while Stacy Elrod went 2-for-4 against the Lions.

Not to be outdone - even by herself - Coan blanked Heritage 1-0 and struck out 14 as GAC (5-1) won its bracket.

Mitchell was 2-for-3 and scored the only run of the game. Stephens continued to hit well with a 2-for-3 performance.

Mill Creek wins twice,

takes bracket

Mill Creek (4-1) squeaked out two one-run wins, beating Evans 2-1 and Central Gwinnett 3-2.

Against Evans, Katy Hackett picked up the victory, striking out 12 while allowing four hits and no earned runs in eight innings of work.

Bethany Ullrich had the game-winning hit and RBI for the Hawks. Danielle Laduron was 1-for-1 with a walk and a run scored.

Morgan Bullock was the winner against Central, going six innings and giving up four hits. She was also 1-for-2 at the plate.

Amberlie Saxton was 1-for-1, picking up an RBI on her double.

No-hitter no avail for Rams

Burns' first no-hitter came in painful fashion when Grayson lost in the bottom of the seventh to GAC. The sophomore was also 1-for-2 at the plate with the Rams' lone RBI.

Amanda Hutcheson was 2-for-4 with a run scored.

That disappointment was followed by two more as Grayson dropped a 1-0 decision to Heritage and fell 6-4 to Peachtree Ridge.

Ally Winham, Shelley Bender and Amber Russell were all 1-for-2 against Heritage.

Burns only gave up one earned run in the loss to the Lions.

Russell hit her second and third doubles of the night while Melissa Davis and Megan Matuszak each had and RBI and a run scored.

South takes three losses

South Gwinnett opened the season with three wins, then dropped three close games Saturday at its own tournament and fell to .500.

The Comets were nipped by Northgate 7-6, Dacula 2-1 and North Gwinnett 5-3.

Sasha Philpot took all three losses on the mound.

Tara Hartnett was a combined 5-for-9. Hanna Ennis was 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored against Dacula, while Mandy Weir was 1-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored against North.


Wesleyan suffers first loss in championship of

Sequoyah Invitational

Defending state Class AA champion Wesleyan won five matches before falling to Marist in the final of the Sequoyah Invitational on Saturday.

It was the Wolves' first loss of the season.

Wesleyan defeated Northwest Whitfield (25-12, 25-16), South Cobb (25-10, 25-11), Chapel Hill (25-20, 25-12), Chamblee (25-14, 25-10) and Northview (25-17, 24-26, 25-21) to get to the championship.

After starting at 8 a.m., the Wolves finished nearly 12 hours later with a 25-23, 25-19 loss to Marist.

Dacula wins three at Sequoyah Invite

Dacula won two matches and picked up a forfeit victory to get out of pool play before losing to North Springs in tournament play Saturday at the Sequoyah Invitational.

The 5-2 Falcons beat North Cobb (25-20, 25-21), Holy Innocents' (25-21, 25-18) and Ringgold (forfeit), then lost to Northview (25-15, 25-20) in pool play.

North Springs ousted Dacula in a tightly contested match, finally defeating the feisty Falcons 25-21, 22-25, 26-24.

For the day, Rose Corneille had 50 assists, 16 digs, four aces, five kills and two blocks. Rachel Dyer contributed with 31 digs, 23 kills and 10 aces.

Lindsey Weider had 52 digs, Eve Machovec scored 19 kills and three blocks, Arielle Rutter got 11 kills and a block and Sara Parrish had seven aces and 10 digs.