Cody Pugh tossed a complete-game, two-hit shutout and Nick Tillman delivered the game-winning run with a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth as Mill Creek nipped Duluth 1-0 in another Region 7-AAAAA barnburner Thursday at Fathers Field.
Pugh added five strikeouts as the Hawks (15-7, 11-4) took a half-game lead over idle North Gwinnett for the region lead.
Dacula 11, Shiloh 5
DACULA -- Michael Barnes went 2-for-3 with a homer and four RBIs, while Austin Collins added two hits and three RBIs to back a solid start from Dylan Brown as the Falcons downed the Generals 11-5 in a Region 8-AAAAA game at Dacula on Thursday.
Brown (2-4) scattered six hits and two earned runs and struck out four over six innings, while Dacula (7-16, 6-7) also got offensive contributions from Morgan Loyd, who had a double and drove in a run, Matt Nigh, who was 2-for-4 and Brandyn Bartlett, who added a solo homer.
Brookwood 3, South Gwinnett 2
SNELLVILLE -- Cedric Mullins went 2-for-3 and led off the game with a homer, and Allen Tokarz and Michael Ranieri gave Brookwood clutch pitching as the Broncos edged the Comets 3-2 in Region 8-AAAAA action Thursday at John B. Sawyer Field.
Tokarz (2-2) went 6 innings, giving up five hits and two earned runs with five strikeouts, while Ranieri earned his fourth save of the year by inducing a game-ending double play with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh.
Garrett Reynolds went 2-for-3, while Jordan Dykes and Ryan Woodard each added a hit for Brookwood (13-7, 9-3) and Stephen Wray contributed a clutch pinch-hit sacrifice flying the top of the seventh.
Brandon Matics (3-4) took the loss for South (10-13, 6-7) despite giving up just three runs and striking out three over 6 innings.
Ryan Patterson was 3-for-3 with a solo homer for the Comets, while Duncan Whitehead added a hit and an RBI and Mitchell Davis had a hit.
Wesleyan 12, King's Ridge 0
NORCROSS -- Brandon Moss belted a grand slam and drove in five runs on the day, while Sheldon Conner threw five shutout innings as the Wolves rolled past Region 5-A foe King's Ridge 12-0 in five innings Thursday at Donn Gaebelein Field.
Griffin Bone was 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI, while Joseph Sheffield was 3-for-3 with a double and Eric Rappe rapped a three-run homer as Wesleyan improved to 13-8 overall and 7-4 in region play.
Connor (2-0) went the distance, giving up just four hits and striking out three.
Collins Hill 5, Peachtree Ridge 3, 8 innings
SUWANEE -- Matt Osterbur and Jimmy Shea each had two hits, while Matt McCain threw two shutout innings with three strikeouts out of the bullpen as the Eagles edged the Lions 5-3 in extra innings Thursday at Peachtree Ridge.
Osterbur had a double among his hits, while Shea had a triple, and McCain got the win in relief of Wayne Wages, who had a solid start, giving up three runs with three strikeouts over six innings.
Tyler Haswell hit a two-run homer to pace the Peachtree Ridge (13-9, 8-6 in Region 7-AAAAA) offense, while Steven Tomlinson added a triple and an RBI and Billy Best, Robert Sanchez and Cooper Burdick finished with two hits apiece.
Mountain View 4, Norcross 3
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Beau Blair tossed a complete game, while Peyton Fore had a hit and drove in all four runs as the Bears clipped the Blue Devils in a 4-3 Region 7-AAAAA thriller Thursday at Mountain View.
Alex Dedels had two hits to help back the pitching of Blair (3-3), who scattered eight hits and three earned runs and struck out nine over seven innings to get the win for Mountain View (15-7, 8-7).
Joseph Wilber took the loss for Norcross despite six solid innings, including three strikeouts.
Andrew Gray was 2-for-3 with two doubles, while Tanner Maloof was 2-for-4 with an RBI, Zach Shirah belted a homer and Zack Jones added a hit for the Blue Devils (8-14, 4-10).
Grayson 7, Archer 1
LOGANVILLE -- Chris Erwin and Austin Meadows hit homers, while Jack Banda went the distance on the mound as the Rams beat the Tigers 7-1 in a Region 8-AAAA game Thursday at Grayson.
Erwin finished 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Meadows was 1-for-2 and drove in three runs. Brandon Benson also went 1-for-2 with two RBIs for Grayson (17-5, 10-2).
Banda (3-1) gave up just three hits and one earned run and struck out 11 over seven innings.
Buford 6, Westminster 3
BUFORD -- Sam Clay and Troy Herterick combined to strike out 13 batters and Clay added a solo homer as the Wolves beat the Wildcats 6-3 in a Region 6-AA home game Thursday.
Kyler Berrett was 1-for-3 with two RBIs, while Josh Bryan added a hit and drove in a run as Buford improved to 14-9 overall and 11-1 in region.
Providence Christian 12, Pinecrest 1
LILBURN -- Austin Loyd was 3-for-3 with three doubles and three RBIs to help lead the Providence barrage as the Stars routed Pinecrest 12-1 Thursday at home.
Austin Smith and Tyler Brown were each 2-for-2, with Smith driving in a run and Brown adding a stolen base, while Christin Stewart belted his county-best ninth homer of the season, a two-run blast.
John Bailey also contributed a three-run double in the second the broke the game open, while Luke Henderson, Michael Shealy and Brown combined to allow just four hits and one earned run and struck out five for the Stars (14-9, 8-5 in Region 5-A).
Walnut Grove 10, Lanier 0
WALNUT GROVE -- The Longhorns managed just four hits in falling 10-0 to Walnut Grove in a Region 8-AAA road game Thursday.
T.J. Richardson, Austin Gaskins, Kevin Clark and Trent Little each had hits for Lanier (12-9, 9-7).
Mountain View 168, Duluth 188
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Cole Parks carded a 2-over par 38 as the Bears rolled past the Wildcats 168-188 Thursday at Northwood Country Club.
Matthew Partridge and Blake Padilla added matching rounds of 43 for Mountain View, while Sean Derossett shot 38 to lead Duluth, followed by Kieran Ambridge's round of 41.
Norcross 146, North Gwinnett 148
SUWANEE -- Zack Healy fired a 1-under 35 to help the Blue Devils edge the Bulldogs by two strokes Thursday at Bear's Best.
Jason Menel and Clay Trocchio added matching rounds of even-par 36 to help Norcross to the win.
North's Blake Watkins had the low round of the day with a 2-under 34, while the Bulldogs also got a 1-over 37 from Bailey Ulp.
Wesleyan 49, Lovett 60
SMYRNA -- Riley Henning shot 23, while Janie Harper added a 25 as the Wolves downed the Lions 49-60 at Legacy Golf Links executive course Thursday.
North Gwinnett 85, Norcross 98
SUWANEE -- Alex Hudson shot 42 over nine holes as the Bulldogs downed the Blue Devils by 13 strokes Thursday at Bear's Best.
Emily Danielson posted Norcross' low round of the day by carding a 48.
Wesleyan 21, GAC 5
NORCROSS -- Courtney O'Leary erupted for eight goals, while Caroline Jordan added five goals as the Wolves (8-4-1) defeated the Spartans at Henderson Stadium on Thursday.
Parkview 12, Brookwood 10
SNELLVILLE -- Kelly Spevacek scored four goals, while Truemy Dao and Sarah Curlee added two goals apiece as the Panthers scored a 12-10 road win at Brookwood on Thursday.
Lisa McManus was solid in goal, stopping 17 shots for Parkview (6-10).
Mill Creek 15, Duluth 1
DULUTH -- Nick Kozlowski scored four goals and added four assists, while Alec Bussink chipped in three goals and three assists to lead the Hawks past the Wildcats 15-1 Thursday at Cecil Morris Stadium.
Brett Bailey and Will Peek each contributed two goals for Mill Creek (7-7 overall, 5-3 in Area 4-AAAAA), while Will Bryan dished out three assists and Alex Schneider made seven saves in goal.
Ben Loyal scored Duluth's only goal.
Peachtree Ridge 12, Collins Hill 4
SUWANEE -- The Eagles fell to the Lions 12-4 in an Area 4-AAAAA game at home Thursday despite two goals from Abe Heller and a goal each Andrew Martinez and Lou Schreckenberger.
Chattahoochee 17, GAC 8
NORCROSS -- Whit Anderson scored four goals for GAC in a 17-8 loss to Chattahoochee on Thursday.
Eric Reynolds and Gunner Cape each had two goals. Peter Whiteneck had an assist and Stewart Butler made 15 saves in goal for the Spartans (9-3).
Mill Creek edges North in semis
DACULA -- Mill Creek defeated North Gwinnett 3-1 in a close semifinal Thursday at the Region 7-AAAAA Tennis Tournament.
The Hawks (17-3) swept the doubles matches vs. North and added a win from Madison Hahn at No. 1 singles to earn a spot in today's region final against Peachtree Ridge.
The Hawks' doubles wins came from Cailey Stevens and Mallory Kolts at No. 1 and Abbi Jordan and Natalie Martinez at No. 2.
North's lone winner in the match with Mill Creek was Isabel Balsavage at No. 3 singles.
Mill Creek defeated Duluth 3-0 earlier Thursday to reach the semifinals. Hahn and Allison Weaver earned singles wins in that match, while Stevens and Kolts won in doubles.
North (13-6) advanced to the semis by beating Mountain View 3-0 earlier on Thursday. Shannon Bettiol won at No. 1 singles in that match, while Haley Wix and Emma Etelalahti won at No. 1 doubles and Lizzy Bradley and Arianna Callan won at No. 2 doubles.
GAC splits pair of matches
ATLANTA -- GAC beat Therrell 3-0 and lost to Westminster 3-0 in the Region 6-AA tournament Thursday.
Lanier earn state berth with two wins
GAINESVILLE -- The Longhorns (15-5) posted identical 3-0 wins over White County and Franklin County to earn their way into the semifinals of the Region 8-AAA tournament, as well as secure the first state tournament berth in the school's brief history, Thursday at Gainesville High.
Meg McCree and Lindsey Wong posted wins at Nos. 2 and 3 singles respectively against White County, while the No. 2 doubles team of Victoria Inman and Soobin Oh also won.
Against Franklin County, Lauren Byrd won at No. 1 singles, while Wong pulled out a win at No. 3 singles and Jenna Soucia and Carlie Overley won at No. 1 doubles.
Spartans edge Lovett, fall to Westminster
ATLANTA -- GAC edged out Lovett 3-2 before falling to Westminster 3-0 at the Region 6-AA tournament Thursday.
Winning for the Spartans against Lovett in singles matches were No. 1 David Burdett and No. 3 Hunter Ragland. The No. 2 doubles team of Daniel Ray and Jared Metzger won the decisive point in a third-set tiebreaker 8-6.
Hebron 10, St. Francis 0
ALPHARETTA -- Alexa Allen pumped in four goals and two assists, while Bianca Clark added three goals and an assist in Hebron's 10-0 rout of St. Francis on Thursday. The Lions are 11-2-1 and 6-0 in the region.