PREP ROUNDUP: Eighth-inning explosion lifts Grayson past Shiloh

SNELLVILLE -- No. 5 state-ranked Grayson erupted for six runs in the eighth inning, keyed by Jack Banda's three-run home run, to pull away for a 7-1 road win at Shiloh in an extra-inning, Region 8-AAAAA baseball game on Monday.

Chris Erwin and Taylor Allum each added an RBI single, while Austin Meadows also drove in a run in the inning as the Rams improved to 11-4 overall and 5-1 in region play.

Banda received a no decision on the mound despite giving up just three hits and one earned run with nine strikeouts over six innings.

He also went 2-for-3 at the plate, including the homer and breaking up a no-hitter that Generals (10-6, 3-3) starter Josh Nance had taken into the seventh.

Casey Collins (1-0) got the win with a scoreless inning with one strikeout out of the bullpen, while Jeril Dawson also had a hit and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.


Dacula 10, Berkmar 0, 5 innings

LILBURN -- Dustin Sieber went 2-for-3 with a double and five RBIs and Austin Collins was 3-for-3 and drove in two runs as Dacula downed Berkmar 10-0 in five innings in Region 8-AAAAA action Monday.

Matt Nigh and Tyler Crumley each went 2-for-2, with Nigh adding an RBI to lead the Dacula (4-12, 3-3) offense.

Morgan Loyd (2-3) threw three shutout innings, giving up two hits with four strikeouts, to pick up the win.

Mill Creek 9, Marist 6

HOSCHTON -- Tim Hernandez was 3-for-4 with three RBIs, while Tad Newman went 3-for-3 and scored two runs and Tyler Boldt drove in four runs as Mill Creek (10-5) defeated Marist 9-6 in a non-region game Monday at Fathers Field.

Bryan Hudson and Nick Tillman each went 2-for-4 and scored two runs, while Jesse Thomas (1-0) got the win with 2 innings of shutout relief, giving up just one hit and striking out three.

Archer 6, Central Gwinnett 5

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Archer pushed across the game-winning run on a sixth-inning double play to edge Central Gwinnett 6-5 in Region 8-AAAAA Monday at Central.

Alexander Martin (3-1) came out of the bullpen to pick up the win by giving up just two hits and one run with four strikeouts over two innings.

Deondre Singleton was 2-for-3 and scored two runs, while Brett Self went 2-for-4 with an RBI to lead the Archer (7-8, 2-4) hitting attack.

Gainesville 3, Lanier 1

SUGAR HILL -- Kam Doster threw a complete game and the Lanier Longhorns gave second-ranked Gainesville (16-0) everything it wanted, but fell to the Red Elephants 3-1 in Region 8-AAA action Monday at home.

Doster gave up just four hits and one earned run with six strikeouts over seven innings and had a hit at the plate, while T.J. Richardson had an RBI single for Lanier (7-7, 5-5). Michael Diaz and Stephen Rusch added a hit apiece.

North 5, Duluth 4

DULUTH -- Tucker Baca (4-0) went the distance, giving up five hits and three earned runs with five strikeouts, as ninth-ranked North Gwinnett edged Region 7-AAAAA foe Duluth 5-4 Monday at Franklin Field.

North (13-3, 7-1) pounded out 11 hits, including three from J.D. Dutka, who was 3-for-4.

Ryan Hagan, finished with a double, a sacrifice fly and two RBIs, while Cole Willoughby was 1-for-3 with two RBIs, Michael Haynes had a double and scored a run and Noah Ford went 2-for-4.

Pace Academy 5, Wesleyan 2

NORCROSS -- Jamie Stark (2-2) went five innings and gave up six hits and just one earned run with six strikeouts, but Wesleyan fell to Pace Academy 5-2 in Region 5-A action Monday at Donn Gaebelein Field.Brandon Moss drove in both runs for Wesleyan (6-7, 4-3) with a double.

Collins Hill 2, Norcross 1

SUWANEE -- Ryan Askew (3-2) scattered nine hits and an earned run with five strikeouts to go the distance in Collins Hill's 2-1 win over Norcross in Region 7-AAAAA play Monday at home.

Wayne Wages went 2-for-3 with a stolen base and scored two runs, while John Topoleski had a double and drove in a run to help Collins Hill improve to 6-7-1 overall and 3-5 in region.

Brooks Buckler (0-1) took the loss for Norcross (6-9, 2-6) after giving up three hits and two earned runs in three inning, while Jackson Williams added three shutout innings in relief, giving up just one hit and striking out two.

Andrew Gray went 2-for-3 and blasted a solo homer for the Blue Devils' only run, while Joseph Wilber was 3-for-4 with a double and a stolen base, Tanner Maloof was 2-for-4 and Kevin Cosola delivered a pinch-hit single off the bench.

Covenant Christian 2-16, Praise Christian 0-5

LOGANVILLE -- Freshman Aaron Carver threw a complete-game shutout in the opener and Jordan Argo had a homer and a triple in the nightcap as the Covenant Christian Cougars swept a doubleheader from the Praise Christian Lions 2-0 and 16-5 late Saturday.

Covenant Christian heads into spring break at 13-1 overall and 8-0 in ICSGA Region North play.


Wesleyan 4, Athens Academy 1

ATHENS -- Singles victories by Megan Kelly at No. 1, Savannah Strickland at No. 2 and Sarah Settlage at No. 3 helped lift Wesleyan to a 4-1 non-region win over Athens Academy on Monday on the road.

Kaitlyn English and Julie Rodriguez also earned a point for Wesleyan (10-3) with their win at No. 1 doubles.


Wesleyan 3, Athens Academy 2

ATHENS -- Wesleyan swept the doubles matches, with wins by Andrew Dorman and Zach Taylor at No. 1, and the team of Cameron Anderson and Brooks Prettyman at No. 2, to edge Athens Academy 3-2 in a non-region road match Monday.

Jeffrey Chang also won at No. 1 singles for Wesleyan (8-5).


NGHS09 3 years, 1 month ago

Can someone please explain to me how in the world North Gwinnett is ranked only 9th. I'm pretty sure they are still ranked behind Mountainview, NG beat them twice, Luella, another win for NG, a 9-5 Walton team and a 9-4 Roswell team. The only three teams who legitamately deserve to be ranked higher than NG are Grayson, who spanked NG, Newnan and of course Parkview. Who makes these rankings? They are at best mediocre. Etowah has lost to Roswell and Walton without beating a ranked team but somehow remains #2. Grayson took Parkview into extra innings and Parkview beat a nationally ranked team recently. SO DID BROOKWOOD. I wish the Gwinnettdailypost writers would have their own state rankings because you wouldn't be called biased for having 4 Gwinnett teams in the top 5. It would be justifiable.


NGHS09 3 years, 1 month ago

Oh yes and the fact that Mill Creek is not ranked is simply a joke. They just beat the powerhouse Marist and have a better record than Roswell and Walton while playing Brookwood, Lassiter, and Parkview. I guess Cobb and North Fulton are freaking out because Gwinnett baseball is raising the bar.


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