SUWANEE — Peachtree Ridge’s baseball team locked down the third seed in Region 7-AAAAAA by holding on to beat North Gwinnett 4-3 on Friday night in the season finale.
Steven Bower picked up the win with 2 2/3 innings of hitless relief with three strikeouts, while Cam Shepherd struck out three in the final two innings for the save.
Most of the damage on offense came from Derek Huff, who went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs. Blake Best finished 2-for-4 and scored two runs, while Steven Tomlinson, Jared Stedman and Nick Neidert each had a hit.
The Lions finish 18-8 overall and 11-5 in the region and will travel to Walton next Friday in the first round of the Class AAAAAA state playoffs.
North will also be on the road to start the playoffs against the Region 5-AAAAAA champion.
Parkview 5, Grayson 4
LILBURN — Region 8-AAAAAA champion Parkview ended its regular season with a 5-4 win over the region runner-up Grayson.
Drew Buschman took the loss for Grayson, going five innings with four strikeouts. David Stinson had a solo home run for the Rams (17-9, 13-3) with Chase Brice adding and RBI double.
The Rams will host Chattahoochee next Friday in the first round of the Class AAAAAA state playoffs.
Brookwood 3, South 2
SNELLVILLE — Brookwood and South Gwinnett concluded their regular season with the Broncos nipping the Comets 3-2 on Friday night in Region 8-AAAAAA action.
Noah Albury started for Brookwood (14-12, 11-5) and went six innings, surrendering three runs on six hits with three strikeouts. Jonathan White came in the seventh in with the bases loaded and no outs but wiggled out of the jam for the save.
White also had a two-run double at the plate, while Mickey Creighton (2-for-3, triple) and Brock Baughcum (hit, RBI) added to the offense. Brookwood, the No. 3 seed out of the region, will travel to Johns Creek to open the Class AAAAAA state playoffs next Friday at 4:30 p.m.
South (5-20, 3-12) was led by Dominique Jackson, who had a triple, home run and two RBIs. Chad Smith started and gave six solid innings with three runs on six hits with three strikeout in taking the loss.
Dacula 15, Central 5
DACULA — After locking up the fourth seed in Region 8-AAAAAA earlier this week, Dacula continued its strong play with a 15-5 win in six innings over Central Gwinnett on Friday night.
Ryan Vigue (2-1) earned the win with three innings of work, allowing one earned run on three hits with three strikeouts.
On offense, Dallas Richards (3-for-5, double, triple, two RBIs), Austin Collins (3-for-5, double, two RBIs) and Garrett Medley (3-for-3, double, two RBIs) led the way, with Gage Murray going 2-for-3 with an RBI and Jackson Helfrich finishing 2-for-3.
The Falcons (16-10, 10-6) will be on the road at Lambert next Friday to open the Class AAAAAA state playoffs.
Collins Hill 10, Mill Creek 9
SUWANEE — Collins Hill came back from a 9-6 deficit to defeat Mill Creek 10-9 on Friday night in the regular season finale for both teams.
Chris Schwarzer led the offense with a three-run homer, while Trevor Powers doubled with the bases loaded to drive in three. Al DelVillar went 2-for-2 with two runs and Cole Zabowski finished 3-for-3 with two runs.
Three seniors in Michael Formont, Jordan Wagner and Austin Gonzalez combined to pitch the first 5 1/3 innings, while Riley Donahue pitched the final 2 2/3 (no runs, three hits, two strikeouts) for the win.
Collins Hill ended its year at 11-15 overall and 9-7 in Region 7-AAAAAA. Mill Creek finished second in the region and will open the Class AAAAAA state playoffs next Friday.
Norcross 10, Habersham 6
NORCROSS — Norcross closed out its season on Friday night with a 10-6 win at home over Habersham Central.
Trey Nelson (2-1) was the winning pitcher, going four innings with two runs (one earned) on four hits, no walks and two strikeouts.
Trevor Craport led the offense with a 2-for-3 night, including a double and a home run with three RBIs and two runs. Jascanel Ferreras also went 2-for-3 with a triple, solo homer, RBI and two runs.
Andrew Lightle drove in two runs with a double and a sacrifice fly, while Devin Geraghty had a hit and scored.
Norcross ended the year at 16-10 overall and 9-7 in Region 7-AAAAAA.
Lanier 11, Meadowcreek 0
SUGAR HILL — Lanier forged out 13 hits in five innings on Friday night as the Longhorns capped off their regular season with an 11-0 win at home over Meadowcreek.
Thomas Johnston had two hits and three RBIs for Lanier (18-8), while Clay Weldon, Trenton Little and Matt Ramsay each had two hits and drove in two.
Kam Doster and Anthony Valvo each added two hits with an RBI with Dustin Lennon allowing just one hit and striking out three in recording the win.
Lanier, the No. 3 seed out of Region 8-AAAA, will open the Class AAAA state playoffs next Friday at Grady.
Wesleyan 10, Westminster 0
NORCROSS — Wesleyan closed out its Region 6-AA schedule on Friday night by beating Westminster 10-0 at home in five innings.
The win moved the Wolves to 11-13 overall and 6-6 in the region, giving Wesleyan the No. 3 seed out of the region for next week’s Class AA state playoffs.
Jordan Ward pitched all five innings for the win, surrendering just three hits along the way. Offensive standouts were Colin Hall (hit, three RBIs), Carter Hall (2-for-4, double, two RBIs), Jahmai Jones (2-for-3, RBI), Christopher Peden (2-for-3, home run) and Trey Mannion (2-for-3, RBI).
Buford 15, Dawson Co. 0
BUFORD — Buford seniors combined to go 7-for-11 with nine RBIs on Friday night as the Wolves crushed Dawson County 15-0 in three innings on Friday night.
Austin Upshaw led the offense, going 1-for-3, including a three-run homer, and four RBIs, while Ben Wicker had two hits and drove in three. Bayne Miller (hit, RBI) and Patrick Burnette (2-for-3) added to the attack, while Griffin Jolliff picked up the win with one hit allowed over two innings.
Buford finished the year 23-2 overall and 19-2 in Region 7-AAA and will host North Murray next Friday in the first round of the Class AAA state playoffs.
Mountain View 16, Campbell 6
SMYRNA — Chase Parker put in seven goals and Nick Logan added five more in leading Mountain View to a 16-6 win at Campbell on Friday night.
Caden Smith finished with two goals, while Alec Traikovich and Brandon Eady each scored one. Mountain View improved to 6-8.
Chattahoochee 13, Peachtree Ridge 12
ALPHARETTA — Chattahoochee held on for a 13-12 win over Peachtree Ridge on Friday night in a non-area match.
Jacob Lee led the Lions (11-4) in scoring with four goals, while Steven Lee added two goals and three assists.
Ben Briggette added to the offense with three goals and an assist with keeper Alex Higgins leading the defense with 17 saves.
Collins Hill 11, Parkview 3
SUWANEE — Collins Hill celebrated Senior Night with an 11-3 win at home over Parkview.
Seniors for the Eagles (8-7) were Chet Popelka, Zach Cao, Juan Espinosa, Tommy Lawrence, Aubrey Johnson, Darrien Mask, Roman Tavani, Bryce Wright, Sean Harrington and Cody Lewis.
North 10, Peachtree Ridge 5
SUWANEE — North Gwinnett topped Peachtree Ridge 10-5 on Friday night for a win in Area 4-AAAAAA.
Leading North (12-5, 4-1) were Lindsey Cobb with three goals and two draw controls, Liz Blumthal with two goals and three forced turnovers and Victoria Delnero with seven saves at keeper.
Collins Hill 21, Parkview 3
SUWANEE — Collins Hill upped its record to 13-3 with a 21-3 win at home over Parkview on Friday night.
Emily Napierala and Abby Squires each had five goals to lead the Eagles with Napierala dishing two assists and Squires with one.
Anna Britt added two goals and two assists, Emma Gilbert finished with five assists and one goal and Alyssa Quinones chipped in two goals and three assists for Collins Hill.