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Prep roundup: Central holds on for 3-2 win

ATLANTA - Central Gwinnett used three pitchers on Tuesday and a three-run fourth inning to hold on for a 3-2 win over St. Pius.

Kailyn Kaiser started for Central (7-21) and pitched three innings with two strikeouts. Jessica Porter, the game's winning pitcher, hurled the next three innings with one strikeout while Ginny Emery pitched the seventh with one strikeout for the save.

Kara Hembree led the offense by going 2-for-4 with a run. Katie New added a 1-for-3 game with a run while Ashlyn Arp finished 1-for-3.

SOFTBALL

Osborne 12, Berkmar 2

MARIETTA - Osborne topped Berkmar 12-2 on Tuesday in a non-region game.

Michael Brown led the offense for Berkmar (4-11) with a 2-for-3 day and two RBIs while Taylor Deason was 1-for-2 with a steal. Shortstop Samantha Myers and Alexis Kuhns at second played well defensively for the Patriots.

Wesleyan 12, Mt. Pisgah 0

NORCROSS - Wesleyan pitcher Brittany Mitchell struck out five Mount Pisgah hitters in leading the Wolves to a 12-0 shutout in the first round of the Region 7-A tournament on Tuesday.

Kennington Groff led the offense with a triple and two RBIs while Megan Coole was 2-for-3. Wesleyan (16-9-1) will travel to Providence on Thursday for second-round action.

Providence 15, St. Francis 0

LILBURN - Providence needed just three innings on Tuesday to post a 15-0 win over St. Francis in the first round of the Region 7-A tournament. The win sets up a second-round home match up with Wesleyan at 5 p.m. on Thursday.

Courtney Frazier went 2-for-2 with a triple and three RBIs for Providence (22-8) while Katie Beles had two hits with an RBI and three runs. Morgan Johnston added a hit and three RBIs while Kylie Kleinschmidt tripled and scored.

Brianna Canada was the winning pitcher, allowing one hit with six strikeouts in improving to 8-1.

VOLLEYBALL

Parkview cruises past Brookwood and Shiloh

SNELLVILLE - Parkview improved to 22-11 on Tuesday with sweeps of South Gwinnett (25-12, 25-21) and Brookwood (25-13, 25-20).

Libby Lukens totaled 14 assists on the day while Lauren Coleman led Parkview in kills with 10. Audrey Hipple added five assist while Amanda France finished with 31/2 blocks.

Grayson evens record at 14-14

LOGANVILLE - Grayson pulled to .500 on Tuesday with wins over Shiloh and Central Gwinnett.

Emily McCloy had seven kills and two aces while Manyi Ati pounded six kills as the Rams beat Shiloh 25-18, 25-10.

Central took the first game 25-16, but Grayson rebounded to win the next two 25-14, 25-8. McCloy had 10 digs, six kills and two aces in that match while Kelly Mohr added eight digs and four kills with Kristi Cheesman helping with seven aces.

Central finished the night with a split by topping Shiloh 25-10, 25-18.

Hebron edges Buford

SUWANEE - Jenny Conner and Maddie Roof each finished with six assists on Tuesday in helping Hebron beat Buford in three games 23-25, 25-14, 25-20.

Courtney Bishop also had nine kills for Hebron (13-20) while Elise Murray added six kills, three aces and three blocks. Hebron's day ended with a split as North Gwinnett swept the Lions 25-19, 25-11.

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY

Providence finishes fourth at Wesleyan Invitational

NORCROSS - Providence took fourth place out of 15 teams on Tuesday in the Wesleyan Invitational.

Northview won the meet with 55 points while host Wesleyan was second with 62 points. Darlington, with 92 points for third place, was just ahead of Providence with 102 points Greater Atlanta Christian was fifth.

Overall individual winner was Lauren Kester of GAC with a time of 19 minutes, 37 seconds.

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY

Crist leads Providence to third-place finish

NORCROSS - Providence place three runners in the top 10 on Tuesday, lead by a seventh-place finish from Elias Crist, as the Stars took third in the Wesleyan Invitational with 105 points.

Providence also received a ninth-place finish from Stephen Dubbert and a 10th-place performance from Eric Mills.

Wesleyan's team won with 38 points, led by Brandon Ramsey in fourth, Christopher Duvall in fifth and Dough Mohme in sixth. Second place went to Collins Hill with 89 points.

- Compiled by Scott Smith

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