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Ramsay, Doster lead Lanier past rival North

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Matthew Ramsay's eighth-inning RBI single and Kameron Doster's complete-game performance on the mound propelled Lanier to a thrilling 3-2 win over North Gwinnett on the opening day of inaugural Gwinnett Braves High School Invitational at Coolray Field.

With one out, Blake Forte got the rally started with an infield single and went to third on Taylor Grant's single to right.

After Grant stole second, that set the stage for Ramsay's shot to right that scored Forte to make it 3-2 Lanier.

From there, Doster finished off Lanier's first win over North as the two teams met for the first time on the diamond.

"Give all the credit to North Gwinnett for the way they battled tonight," said Lanier head coach Chad Longe, who coached there for four years. "It was an emotional game for all of us. We wanted to look at it as just another game, but I know our guys battled so hard and I couldn't be happier. Everybody did their part and we're starting to buy into the team concept. Hopefully, it's a momentum builder."

For the game, Doster went eight innings, scattered five hits, allowed a pair of runs and threw 93 pitches in the victory.

"Kam's a strong-willed kid and he wasn't coming out of that game," said Longe. "So I wasn't going to take him out. He may not be the biggest guy out there, but he's tough. He doesn't throw the hardest, but he battles and that's all you can ask."

Lanier (3-2) got on the scoreboard first as Michael Diaz walked to lead off the game and came around to score on a wild pitch.

But North (3-4) answered back in the bottom of the first to tie it at 1-1 on an RBI double by Ben Carswell to score Blake Sangster.

Lanier regained the lead at 2-1 in the second inning when Marcus Milhouse's bunt single chased home Grant from third.

Lanier threatened in the third, fourth and fifth innings -- loading the bases in the fourth -- but couldn't extend the one-run lead.

North finally tied it at 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth when Sangster singled home Cody Short, who had doubled into the left-field corner to lead off the inning.

North had a golden opportunity to win it in the bottom of the seventh, but the Bulldogs stranded a pair of base runners and also had a runner thrown out at the plate to send the game to extra innings.

The Longhorns stranded eight base runners in the game while North left five on base.

Grant led the way at the plate for Lanier by going 3-for-4 with an RBI and one run scored.

Milhouse added a 2-for-3 night for the Longhorns.

Sangster paced the North attack with a 2-for-4 night with a run scored and an RBI.

South 7, Mountain View 6

A seven-run second inning held up as South Gwinnett edged Mountain View 7-6.

Mountain View (5-2) broke on top with a run in the first inning, but South came back with the seven-run outburst to take a 7-1 lead.

Mountain View continued to chip away at the six-run deficit with two runs in the third and two more in the sixth to make it 7-5.

The Bears plated another run in the top of the seventh to cut the deficit to 7-6, but couldn't push across any more as South held on for the win.

Chad Smith picked up his first save of the season for South and also went 2-for-4 at the plate with a run scored and RBI.

Ryan Patterson went 1-for-3 with a run scored and two RBI for the Comets (6-1), who had six different hitters drive in runs.

Brandon Matics (2-1) got the win for South while A.J. Moore took the loss for Mountain View.

Garry Gwaltney paced the Mountain View attack by going 3-for-4 at the plate with a run scored and two RBI.

Peyton Fore was 1-for-4 with two runs scored.