HOSCHTON -- Parkview pitcher Amanda Chambers went the distance and picked up the victory in Game 2 as the Panthers defeated Mill Creek 6-2 in the first round of the Class AAAAA state softball tournament to force a deciding Game 3 today at 6 p.m. Mill Creek had rallied to take Game 1 by a 4-3 score as the Hawks scored three unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth. Patty Dennison led the way at the plate for Parkview (13-14) in Game 2 by going 1-for-3 with a double and two RBIs while Eryn Stepp and Ally Claytor each went 1-for-3 with a run scored. Claytor also had an RBI. Tori Mitchell (15-11) was the Game 1 winner for Mill Creek (25-9-1) -- allowing three runs on eight hits and striking out two. Morgan Robinson led Parkview in Game 1 with 2-for-3 night that included a double and a run scored while Stepp was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
Collins Hill sweeps Grayson
SUWANEE -- Collins Hill rallied for a 3-2 in Game 1 and then hung on for a 5-4 win in Game 2 as the Eagles swept the best-of-three first-round series over Grayson in the Class AAAAA state softball tournament. Collins Hill (23-7) moves on to play the winner of Etowah-Alpharetta in the second round starting next Wednesday in a best-of-three series. In Game 1, Collins Hill trailed 2-1 heading to the bottom of the eighth inning but scored twice to pull out the win. Brittany Roley had an infield single to score Danielle Patterson to tie the game at 2-2 and Payton Wilson singled in Janae Horton for the win. McKenzie Halstead and Ashleigh Simmons paced the Collins Hill attack by each going 2-for-3 while Calli Star was 1-for-2. In Game 2, Collins Hill built a 5-1 lead in the seventh and then held on as Grayson scored three times before coming up a run short. Wilson led the Eagles by going 2-for-4 with a triple and Simmons went 2-for-2 with a sacrifice fly.
Manchester no match for Buford
BUFORD -- Defending state champion Buford got off to a great start in the first round of the Class AA state softball tournament as the Wolves rolled over Manchester 13-0 and 17-1. Buford (27-10) advances to the second round and will take on the winner of Union County-North Murray on Wednesday in a best-of-three series. Tessa Daniels (13-3) got the win in Game 1 and picked up her 13th complete game and sixth shutout of the season. Daniels allowed just one hit, struck out five and walked two in the four-inning contest. Offensively, Buford had nine hits and also walked 12 times en route to the win. Remington Hasty had a double and two RBIs while Jazmin Hawkins had a single and two RBIs. Lanier Paul also cracked a two-run homer and Lexi Overstreet drove in two for the Wolves. In Game 2, Bria Bush (9-4) got the win in two innings of work and combined with Overstreet to no-hit the Blue Devils. After Bush struck out four, Overstreet pitched for the first time in her career and struck out the side in the third despite allowing the lone Manchester run. Overstreet also went 2-for-2 at the plate with a two-run homer, triple, three RBIs and two runs scored. Kodi Ricketson also hit a two-run homer while Noah Sudderth was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and Hawkins added two RBIs for the Wolves.
GAC routs Temple
NORCROSS -- Greater Atlanta Christian easily knocked off Temple 12-0 and 14-1 in the first round of the Class AA state softball playoffs. GAC (29-6) advances to the second round to take on the winner of Dawson County-Lakeview/Fort Oglethorpe on Wednesday in a best-of-three series. Natalie deLatour threw a no-hitter and struck out seven in the four-inning Game 1 to lead the way for GAC. Brianna Stewart tossed a four-hitter and struck out four to pick up the win in the five-inning Game 2 for the Spartans. Stewart also went a combined 4-for-6 at the plate in the two games while deLatour was a combined 5-for-7 with a double, triple and four RBIs. Celine Talley went 5-for-6 with six runs scored and Jordan Smalls was 5-for-5 with a double and four RBIs for GAC. Krista Tustasson added a 4-for-7 night at the plate in both games that included a double, triple and five RBIs and Sierra Lawrence had a three-run homer, triple and five RBIs.
Wesleyan blasts Strong Rock Christian
NORCROSS -- Wesleyan had no trouble with Strong Rock Christian as the Wolves cruised to a 12-1, 6-0 doubleheader sweep in the first round of the Class A softball tournament. Wesleyan (19-11) advances to the second round to play the winner of Bremen/Washington-Wilkes Wednesday in a best-of-three series. Dacia Jones got the win in Game 1 by working five innings and allowing four hits while striking out two. Landyn Duley led the way offensively with a 2-for-3 night that included a three-run triple, four RBIs, two runs scored, a walk and a stolen base. CaraMia Tsirigos was 1-for-3 with two RBIs, a walk and a stolen base while Emily Farrow was 1-for-2 with two RBIs and two runs. Courtney O'Leary added a 2-for-2 night at the plate with two runs scored and two stolen bases. In Game 2, Amanda DeLaPierre got the complete-game shutout and allowed just three hits while striking out seven. Katie Frerking went 3-for-4 in the nightcap with a triple, two runs scored and a stolen base. Duley went 3-for-4 in the second game with two RBIs, three stolen bases and a run scored while O'Leary was 2-for-2 with three stolen bases, two runs scored and an RBI.
Providence falls to Gordon Lee
CHICKAMAUGA -- Providence Christian Academy ran into a buzzsaw in the first round of the Class A state softball tournament as the Stars fell to Gordon Lee 13-0 and 10-1. Bri Canady (14-12) took the loss in both games for Providence as the Stars couldn't generate any offense in the two games. Canady had the lone hit for Providence in Game 1. In the second game, Katy Barry had a double and the lone run scored while Jessie Kowalewicz had an RBI double.
MacKenzie Tuttle and Bethany Smith also had a hit apiece in Game 2 for Providence as the Stars conclude their season at 14-16.