BUFORD - Peachtree Ridge defeated Loganville 6-4 on Saturday in the championship game to win the Diamond Division title of the Hawk/Bulldog Invitational softball tournament at Bogan Park.
The Lions (12-2) finished the tournament with a perfect 6-0 record. Allison Leigh powered the offense in the finals, going 3-for-4 with four RBIs, two stolen bases and a run. Rhea Taylor was 2-for-3 with two runs and a stolen base while Jackie Gonzalez was 1-for-1 with a walk. Jackie Samuels and Emily Osterhaus combined to pitch five innings vs. Loganville, with Osterhaus allowing only one run in three innings.
Earlier on Saturday, Peachtree Ridge defeated Woodstock 3-0 and Sequoyah 7-4 after the international tiebreaker rule was brought into play. Samuels allowed two hits and struck out nine vs. Woodstock and Taylor (1-for-3, run) supported her with two outstanding catches.
Osterhaus was the winning pitcher vs. Sequoyah after an 11-strikeout effort in which she allowed seven hits. She also 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run at the plate. Taylor was 1-for-3 with two RBIs, two runs and a stolen base in that game and Chelsea Parrish was 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run.
Dacula second in Platinum Division
DACULA - Dacula went 2-1 on Saturday to place second in the Hawk/Bulldog Invitational's Platinum Division.
Kennesaw Mountain beat the Falcons 4-3 in extra innings to win the division despite 1-for-2 games from Chelsea Garrett (run, sacrifice) and Shelby Robinson (1-for-2, RBI). However, Dacula (4-2-1) defeated a pair of Gwinnett opponents on Saturday, 1-0 over Mill Creek and 3-2 over Parkview.
In the Mill Creek win, Alanna Hadley struck out 10 batters in pitching a three-hitter while Brandi Baggett and Charlotte Sieber each went 1-for-3 with a double. Baggett drove in the game's only run.
Hadley went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and Samantha Ramey was 1-for-2 vs. Parkview. Sarah Bentley had four strikeouts to record the pitching win vs. the Panthers.
Duluth wins Black Division
DULUTH - Duluth knocked off Berkmar 8-1 on Saturday to take first in the Black Division of the Hawk/Bulldog Invitational. The Patriots finished second.
Duluth (5-2) also defeated Campbell 10-0 and Riverwood 8-4 on Saturday. The Wildcats' offense was led by Samantha Martin (4-for-7 on the day), Emily Chavis (4-for-9), Christina Holt (4-for-9) and Chantelle Curinton (4-for-10) along with strong base running from Tara Johnston.
Paula Manowski earned two pitching wins for Duluth while Ivy Knox also got a pitching win.
Berkmar defeated Riverwood 8-1 and Campbell 7-1 earlier in the day to reach the finals. The Patriots' top performers vs. Riverwood were Erica Joseph (3-for-4, run, double, RBI, stolen base), Leiah Clark (2-for-3, RBI) and Samantha Myers (2-for-3, RBI).
In the Campbell game, Berkmar's Kat Tarvin pitched a two-hitter and also was 1-for-2 with a triple and two RBIs. Carrie Smith was 2-for-3 with two runs and Clark was 1-for-2.
Tarvin went 2-for-2 in the finals vs. Duluth while Clark (1-for-2, RBI) and Brittani Bumb (1-for-1) also played well.
Collins Hill claims Silver Division title
SUWANEE - Defending Class AAAAA state champion Collins Hill rebounded from back-to-back losses Friday in the Hawk/Bulldog Invitational to win their division Saturday.
The Eagles (5-3-1) swept three straight games to take the Silver title. They smoked two non-Gwinnett opponents, including Jackson County 10-1 in the championship and just slid past Brookwood 2-1 using the international tiebreaker.
Collins Hill started the day with a 10-0 blanking of Union Grove. Erin Collins picked up the win on the mound and got lots of help at the plate.
Carmen Fowler and Caroline Cooper led the offensive effort, going 2-for-3 with an RBI each. Libby Munson was 1-for-3 with two RBIs, Kathleen Pulliam was 1-for-3 with an RBI and Lindsay Ellenburg was 1-for-2 with an RBI.
Against Brookwood, Kara Pollock pitched six innings, but it was Collins collecting her second win in the seventh.
Catherine Palmer went 2-for-3 and was the only player with multiple hits.
In the title game, Munson was the winning pitcher and struck out 10 in the victory over Jackson County.
Pulliam was 3-for-4 while Pollock, Fowler and Munson were all 2-for-4. Kelly Edmunson had a pair of monster triples to finish 2-for-3 in the game.
Apalachee finishes 5-1 at Buford Invite
BUFORD - Apalachee rolled through pool play undefeated at the Buford Invitational, but got some payback from the hosts and were ousted in the first game of bracket play.
Apalachee ended up 5-1 at the tournament and is now 8-2 overall.
The Wildcats started Saturday with a 5-0 blanking of Walker. Ashleigh Smith struck out five and earned the win. They followed that with a 3-0 win over Buford. Courtney Gunbi pitched a complete-game win and had 12 strikeouts while Kimmie Bunten was 1-for-2 with two runs scored and Amber Janus was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI.
Apalachee collected another shutout win, 4-0 against Forsyth Central, with freshman Kaitlyn Medlam striking out eight in the victory. Bunten was 2-for-3 with a run and two stolen bases.
But the Wildcats, seeded No. 1, then fell 3-0 to Buford and just missed playing for the tournament title.
Providence third at Commerce Invitational
COMMERCE - Brittany Ellington won both of her starts on Saturday as Providence Christian took third at the Commerce Invitational.
Ellington (5-0) struck out 13 batters in a one-hitter victory, 3-0 over Towns County. The only hit she gave up was a bloop single, and she was given a lead by the Stars' offense that was led by Courtney Frazier (2-for-3, run) and Daron Dominguez (2-for-3, RBI).
Providence then beat Commerce 4-0 in the third-place game as Ellington struck out eight in a five-hitter. She also went 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs and a double. Cassie Flowers added a 2-for-4 day with a run.
The Stars (7-3) lost their opening game on Saturday 8-2 to Banks County, despite good offensive games from Kassie Flowers (3-for-4, RBI) and Cory Rodgers (2-for-3).
North boys, Brookwood girls win titles at Early Bird
WINSTON - The North Gwinnett boys and Brookwood girls cross country teams won the championships on Saturday in the Bob Blastow Early Bird Invitational at the Clinton Farms Nature Preserve.
Roxanne De Marco was the individual girls runner-up with a time of 19 minutes, 29.21 seconds. Teammate Carly Egan was fifth (20:02) as the Broncos finished with 63 points. The victors also got good runs from Danielle Barker (11th, 20:37) along with Dani Destiche (22nd, 21:08) and Megan Franke (23rd, 21:12).
The North girls were second with 106 points behind Nicole Dimercurio, who was fourth in 19:42. The Bulldogs also were led by Jessica Sapp (13th, 20:49) and Taylor Cyr (16th, 20:52).
Also in the girls competition, Providence was 13th, led by Mary Katherine Mills in 20th at 20:55, and South Gwinnett was 17th.
Josh Albey was fifth in the boys race to lead North to first place with 94 points. Albey was fifth in 16:37 while teammates Dieg Hoyos (17th, 17:06) and Jason Peele (18th, 17:11) also placed high.
The Providence boys were 15th and the South boys were 17th.
Wesleyan goes 1-4 at Marist
ATLANTA - Wesleyan defeated Savannah Christian on Saturday at Marist, but lost matches to the host school, Blessed Trinity, Northview and Brentwood (Tenn.).
Anne Marie Armstrong led the Wolves with 30 kills, Rachel Galloway had 11 kills and six aces, Caiti Troyer had 53 assists and 19 digs and Betsy Smith added 21 digs.
Wesleyan (9-6) beat Savannah Christian 25-20, 25-19 after the following teams defeated the Wolves earlier: Blessed Trinity (25-22, 21-25, 25-22), Northview (25-21, 25-21), Marist (25-12, 28-26) and Brentwood (25-12, 25-15).
- From staff reports