North Gwinnett’s Coulson Buchanan delivers a pitch during a Class AAAAAAA state baseball playoff doubleheader against Etowah at North Gwinnett.

SUWANEE – Masterful pitching performances by Coulson Buchanan and Michael Massey propelled North Gwinnett past Etowah by scores of 5-1 and 1-0 in their Class AAAAAAA first-round state baseball doubleheader Thursday at McDaniel Field.

Buchanan got the Bulldogs (16-15) off to a good start in Game 1 with a complete-game victory, allowing just two hits and one run with five strikeouts over seven innings.

Buchanan also helped his own cause at the plate with a double and two RBIs, while Matthew Strand and Nate Salyer each went 2-for-3 to contribute to the North offensive attack.

Massey also went the distance in the nightcap, recording a three-hit shutout with seven strikeouts in seven innings to help the Bulldogs survive the pitcher's duel and move into a second-round doubleheader next week at Denmark.

Salyer was also the hitting standout for North in Game 2 by finishing 3-for-3.

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