PREP ROUNDUP: Archer sweeps, gives Lions first loss

JEFFERSON -- Archer swept all three games it played and only needed 14 innings to do it Saturday at the Hawk-Bulldog Classic.

The Tigers (6-3) started their day with a 9-1 five-inning victory over previously undefeated Peachtree Ridge.

Nani Cabrales picked up the win and struck out seven. Archer then defeated Effingham County 13-3 in five innings and Social Circle 13-1 in four innings.

Jacqui Switzer led the offense by going 7-for-10 with five RBIs and a home run. Cabrales was 7-for-8 with four RBIs and a home run. Picking up the wins in the last two games for the Tigers were Abby Lyall (2-0) and Alliyah Williams (1-2).


Buford wins pool at Georgia Dugout Classic

NORCROSS -- Buford swept three games Saturday to win the Wesleyan pool at the Georgia Dugout Classic.

Buford defeated Loganville 5-1 in the opener with Bria Bush picking up the win. The Wolves (6-0) rallied in the top of the fifth to defeat First Presbyterian Day 6-3 and beat Northview 6-4 in the finale.

Bush was named to the all-tournament team, while other Wolves also had a hand in the victories. Niki Cook was 6-for-8 with six runs and six stolen bases. Sydney Stavro was the hero of the come-from-behind win in Game 2 as she cleared the bases with a triple, turning a 3-2 deficit into a lead in the game's final inning.

Lions take two

JEFFERSON -- Peachtree Ridge won two of three at the Hawk-Bulldog tournament on Saturday. The Lions (10-1) opened with a 13-1 victory over Effingham County behind the pitching of Sarah Walker. Peachtree Ridge dropped a 9-1 decision to Archer, but rebounded with a 3-0 win over Social Circle with Walker notching the win again and improving her season record to 6-0.

For the three games, Sam Pierannunzi was 4-for-9 with three home runs, six RBIs and three stolen bases to pace the Lions attack. Savanna Turvey was 4-for-9 with two RBIs, Brandi Mason was 5-for-8 with four RBIs and Quinn Hill was 4-for-8 with an RBIs.

Wesleyan wins a pair

NORCROSS -- Wesleyan won both of its games Saturday of the Georgia Dugout Classic. The Wolves (8-2) defeated First Presbyterian Day 6-4 and came from behind to defeat Loganville 3-2. In the first game, Dacia Jones was the winning pitcher while Lillie Baker went 2-for-2 with a run and two RBIs. CaraMia Tsirigos added a double and three RBIs. In the nightcap, the Wolves trailed 2-1 in the last inning when Tsirigos singled in two in walk-off fashion as Sydney Stone scored the winning run.

Grayson sweeps weekend

GRAYSON -- Grayson wrapped up its weekend by sweeping all three games it played Saturday. The Rams improved to 4-2 by defeating Gainesville 13-1, Appalachee 9-1 and Winder 4-2. Bree Ethridge notched the victory against Gainesville, recording six strikeouts, while Stephanie Snyder provided the offense by connecting on a grand slam. Jen Spangler pitched the Rams to victory over Apalachee while tossing a no-hitter and Brittany King hit a home run. In the win over Winder-Barrow, Amanda Kemp paced the offense with two hits.

Hawks hot in own tourney

HOSCHTON -- Mill Creek swept three games at home in the Hawk-Bulldog tournament Saturday. Jess Grimes pitched the Hawks to a 14-2, three-inning win over Providence Christian in the opener. Heather Felt toed the rubber in Game 2 as Mill Creek defeated South Effingham 5-1. Kaitlyn Howell was the winning pitcher in the third game as the Hawks beat Jefferson 9-1.

Morgan Bell led the offense on the day going 6-for-9 with four RBIs. Lauren Bennett also collected five hits over the three games.

North wins two of three

SUWANEE -- North Gwinnett won two out of three at the Hawk-Bulldog tournament on Saturday. The co-hosts opened with a 12-0 win over Lanier. Hannah Harrison and Randi Tuck combined on a no-hitter for the Bulldogs (4-1-1)and Kendall McKinney slammed a two-run homer to pace the offense. North dropped the second game, 4-1 to Harrison, but rebounded to defeat Jackson County 4-2 in the finale. Kensley Jennings was the winning pitcher and Miranda Strother had two hits, two runs and two RBIs.

Lanier defeats Jackson County

SUWANEE -- Lanier dropped two of three games Saturday at North Gwinnett High School. The Longhorns (6-5-1) fell in the opening game 12-0 to the host Bulldogs. They rebounded with a 9-2 win over Jackson County. Hannah Coursey led the offense with a 2-for-3 day. The Longhorns lost their final game, losing to Harrison 8-2. Holland (1) and Hannah Coursey (2) accounted for all three Lanier hits.

Providence battles big schools

HOSCHTON -- Providence Christian Academy battled its bigger competitors in the Hawk-Bulldog Classic, but came up empty Saturday dropping three games. The Stars fell to South Effingham 9-4, Mill Creek 14-2 and Jefferson 5-1. The Stars were led by Jessie Kowalewicz who went 4-for-6 with three doubles and a home run. MacKenzie Tuttle was 3-for-7 with three RBIs, while her sister Brittany Tuttle was 3-for-8 with two stolen bases.

Dacula splits two games

JEFFERSON -- Dacula split its games at the Hawk-Bulldog Classic on Saturday. The Falcons defeated Gainesville 9-0, but dropped the second game 5-4 to Apalachee. Dacula (3-2-1) was led to victory by Katelyn Daniels, who went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, Kendra Pfister, who had two hits, and Keeli Waugh, who drove in a run for the Falcons.


Mill Creek defeats three ranked teams

KENNESAW -- Mill Creek won all four of its matches, defeating three ranked teams in the Warrior Classic at North Cobb on Saturday.

The Hawks (9-3) opened with a 25-19, 25-15 win over Shiloh. Mill Creek then took out three ranked teams. The Hawks beat the host, North Cobb, 25-17 in both sets. Next they put away South Forsyth splitting the first two sets and winning the third set 15-10. In their last match, the Hawks again needed three sets to defeat Landmark Christian, winning 15-12 in the third.

Cayla Graham led the Hawks with six aces, 20 kills and 16 digs on the day. Emily Rose had five assists and 17 kills. Emily Wylie had 32 kills and six blocks. Kaitlyn Lattimer had 58 assists and Brittany Moore recorded 23 digs.

Wesleyan splits four matches at own playday

NORCROSS -- Wesleyan split four matches as the host of the Elite Eight Playday on Saturday.

The Wolves (2-4) dropped a tight opening match 14-25, 25-15, 11-15 to Roswell. They regrouped to dispatch Riverwood in straight sets, 25-21 and 25-17. North Gwinnett squeaked out a three-set victory, winning 15-7 in the decisive third set and the Wolves finished the day with a 25-14, 25-20 victory over Brookwood.

In total stats for the day, Wesleyan was led by Jennifer Miller who tallied 10 aces and 54 digs. Kendra Koetter had 66 assists and 16 digs. Katie Van Laeke racked up 24 kills. Lauren Frerking had 17 kills and Kristen Pack added six aces and 18 digs.

Providence Christian wins three

GAINESVILLE -- Providence Christian Academy went 3-1 in a region play date held at Lakeview Academy. The Storm (6-1) dropped their opening match the hosts, 25-19 and 25-18. They rebounded with a three-set win over Athens Academy, winning 15-6 in the third. Providence then closed out the next two matches without dropping a set, defeating Tallulah Falls and Prince Avenue Baptist.

Ansley Thomas recorded 18 kills on the day; Taera O'Connor recorded 25 digs; Emily Walls had 25 kills and 17 aces while Erin Yost finished with 22 kills and 4 blocks.

Norcross wins all four

KENNESAW -- Norcross improved its season record to 7-1 by sweeping all four of its matches at the Warrior Classic at North Cobb High School. The Blue Devils defeated Wheeler in straight sets, 25-17 and 25-13 to open play. They squeaked out a three-set win over Hillgrove, winning 15-8 in the third set. They then sliced through Mt. Vernon and Grady in straight sets to end their day.

Javonne Stanfield led the day with 18 kills and eight blocks. Kolby Meeks recorded 16 kills. Shelby King recorded 13 kills and Lindsay Holmes had 22 digs for the Blue Devils.

North rallies for split

ROSWELL -- North Gwinnett dropped its first two matches, but rallied to win its last two Saturday in Roswell. The Bulldogs (5-2) lost to Blessed Trinity (25-17, 25-21) and to Woodward Academy (23-25, 29-27, 10-15). They rallied in the afternoon to defeat Wesleyan 25-18, 22-25 and 15-7 and then closed with a 26-24, 25-22 victory over Columbus.

Miller Howard had 33 kills; Carson Nevels had 27 kills. Kristina Stinson recorded 24 kills and MaTia Hughes helped her team with 48 assists on the day.