COLUMBUS -- After opening the Shaw Invitational with a 9-6 loss to Harlem, No. 2 Greater Atlanta Christian (15-3) rebounded for four straight wins to take home the tournament title.
After the loss, the Spartans beat LaGrange 4-1 before exacting revenge on Harlem 4-3. The final two games saw GAC beat Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe 7-4, and River Ridge 8-1.
Leading hitters for the tournament were Sierra Lawrence, who went 7-for-15 with three home runs, a double, five RBIs and nine runs scored, and Natalie deLatour, who went 10-for-16 with four runs scored, two RBIs and two wins in the circle. Krista Gustafson also went 8-for-17 with two home runs, three doubles, seven RBIs and six runs scored, while Grace DeBoer was 6-for15 with a double, two runs and two RBIs.
Buford wins own tournament
BUFORD -- The No. 8 Buford Wolves (12-8) went 3-0 on the final day of its own tournament to win the title, defeating Union County 4-1 in the final, which was a matchup of last year's AA state championship game, which Buford also won.
The big blow of the game was a three-run home run by Jordan Deep. Tessa Daniels picked up the win in the circle, pitching five innings, while giving up three hits. She also helped herself at the plate, going 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI. Madyson Wynegar was 2-for-3.
To start the day, Buford beat Jefferson 6-0. Deep was 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBIs, while Lexi Overstreet was 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Wynegar was also 2-for-2 with an RBI. Rebekah Rude picked up the win in the circle.
The Wolves then run-ruled Habersham Central, 14-0, in five innings. Daniels picked up the win, throwing a complete game, striking out four. Kallie Case was 3-for-4 with a home run, triple, two RBIs and three runs scored, while Deep was 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored. Lanier Paul was also 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
Grayson upsets No. 10 Lassiter
KENNESAW -- The Grayson Rams (12-8) scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to upset the 10th-ranked Lassiter Trojans at Kennesaw State.
Alex Sexton hit the game-winning, two-run single that scored Ally Pedder and Shelby Smith. Sexton and Brieanna Ethridge both finished the game 3-for-4, while Smith was 2-for-4.
Providence drops two
SUWANEE -- Providence Christian (6-10) dropped a pair of games in the Athletes for a Cure Tournament at Lambert.
The Stars dropped their first game to Forsyth Central, 9-8. MacKenzie Tuttle picked up the loss, giving up six hits and striking out eight. Bethany Smith led all hitters, going 2-for-4 with an RBI double, while Tayler Tuttle was 2-for-3 with three runs scored. Katy Barry was 2-for-3 with a double, and Anna Stahl was 2-for-4. Alex Kennedy also contributed two RBI. In the second game, Providence lost to Lambert, 13-5. Brittany Tuttle was 1-for-3 with a double, two stolen bases and two runs scored, while Smith was 1-for3 with two RBI.
Mill Creek wins four
CANTON -- The Hawks won four games at the Cherokee Invitational to claim the championship in the silver bracket.
In the first game, Mill Creek beat Woodstock 8-3. Tori Mitchell picked up the win in the circle, striking out two, while giving up six hits. Taylor Rogers was 3-for-4 with three runs scored, while Nikki Sagermann was 3-for-3 with a double.
In the second game, Mill Creek beat Gilmer 16-0 in four innings. Sagermann was 4-for-4 with a home run and six RBIs, while Lauren Bennett was 3-for-4 with a triple. Morgan Bell was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Katelyn Porter picked up the win in the circle.
In Game 3, Mill Creek beat Woodland-Cartersville 11-0. Mitchell picked up the win. Rogers was 2-for-3 with two runs and two stolen bases, while Sagermann was 3-for-4 with a double. Chandler Griffin was 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
In the final game, the Hawks beat Blessed Trinity 6-5. Sagermann went the distance in the circle to pick up the win. Rogers was 3-for-4 with two runs scored, while Jenna Holland had three hits and three RBIs. Griffin went 3-for-4 with two doubles, while Bennett collected two hits, and Breanna Buckley was 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs.
GAC wins three
BUFORD -- Second-ranked GAC (18-3, 5-0 Area 4-AA/A) won its three matches at an area play-date, defeating Hebron Christian (25-13, 25-13), Paideia (25-7, 25-14) and Providence Christian (25-21, 25-10). Dede Bohannon had 23 kills, while Morgan McKnight had 12 kills and Ali Cox had eight aces. Catherine Chason also had 21 digs, while Rachel Waldrop had 54 assists, and Janaya Simmons had nine kills and 16 digs.
Providence (18-13, 3-1) won its other two matches. The Stars defeated Decatur (23-25, 25-3, 25-10) and Clarkston (25-4, 25-3). Top performers on the team were Emily Walls with 11 aces and eight kills, Codin Amis with 15 aces and 27 digs and D'Anna Kester with five kills, four blocks and 35 assists. Kaitlin Harper also had 11 kills and three blocks, while Maddie Jones had 21 kills.
Buford goes undefeated
BUFORD -- The Wolves won their first three Area 4-AA/A matches during an area play-date at home, defeating Clarkston (25-4, 25-9), Paideia (25-19, 25-21) and Decatur (25-3, 21-25, 25-18). Buford (9-6, 3-0) was led by Maggie Roper with 20 kills, eight digs and three aces, while McKenzie Darrah had 13 kills and seven aces. Bailey Hicks also had 39 assists.
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Peachtree Ridge boys take title
CARROLLTON -- The Peachtree Ridge boys took the top spot in the championship race of the Carrollton Invitational by scoring 97 points, three points ahead of St. Pius X.
Leading the way for the Lions were Josh Brickell (16 minutes, 30 seconds) in third place, Kevin Mills (16:45) in sixth and Mason Havens (17:18) in 21st. The Lions also got a 30th-place finish from Noor Sidawi (17:28) and a 37th-place finish from Mac Stewart (17:39).
Norcross finished fifth as a team with 136 points. Its top finishers were Arman Rehman (16:51) in eighth, Sam Todd (17:02) in 12th and Nick Delgercio (17:04) in 14th. Grayson's Derrick Bell (17:05) also finished in 15th.
In the AAAAA race, Collins Hill (51) finished second and Mill Creek (105) was fourth. The top finishes in the race included a second-place finish by Collins Hill's Justin Phillip (16:47) and a fourth-place finish by Mill Creek's Tajay Hoppines (17:12). Collins Hill also got a seventh-place finish from Jon Moses (17:39), while Nathan Medina (17:52) finished 11th. Mill Creek got 13th and 14th place finishes from Josh Arceneaux (18:01) and Richard Fuller (18:03).
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Gwinnett takes top three spots
CARROLLTON -- In the championship race of the Carrollton Invitational, Gwinnett County runners took the top three spots with Norcross' Katherine Yost (19:24) winning the race, and Collins Hill's Choloe Whitworth (19:45) and Peachtree Ridge's Lauren Kelly (20:05) finishing second and third, respectively.
North Gwinnett's Courtney Czerniak (20:33) finished in 10th. In the team standings, Peachtree Ridge (117) finished third and North Gwinnett (167) finished fourth.
In the AAAAA race, Archer (63) finished second, while Grayson (120) was third, North Gwinnett (122) fourth and Mill Creek (177) sixth. The top individual finishers were South Gwinnett's Tasheanna Blair (20:58) in third place, Mill Creek's Lauren Hovis (22:29) in eighth place, and Archer's Taylor Dove (22:45) and Sreyroat Yi (22:45) in ninth and 10th, respectively.
-- Compiled by Chris Stephens