LILBURN – North Gwinnett's baseball team sent a strong early season message by defeating defending Class AAAAAAA champion Parkview 2-1 on Saturday.
Earlier in the day, before traveling to Lilburn, North Gwinnett went to Lanier and defeated the Longhorns 10-1.
Against the Panthers, the Bulldogs scored two runs in the top of the first on a two-run home run by Corey Collins and made it hold up to avenge last year's sweep in the state semifinals. Michael Massey tossed a complete game, allowing only three hits and striking out five.
Miles Garrett took the loss for Parkview, giving up two runs in five innings while allowing four hits and striking out four. Jack Davis provided the only Panther run with an RBI double.
In the win over Lanier, Coulson Buchanan, Cameron Speicher and Spenser Hamblen combined on a no-hitter for North. John Anderson ripped four hits and drove in three runs while Jarrett Burney provided a pair of hits and four RBIs.
Collins Hill splits
DACULA – Collins Hill fell to Centennial 5-3, but rallied for a 7-0 shutout over host Dacula on Saturday. Trey Estes had a hit and drove in a run in the opening loss for the Eagles (1-2).
Ben Neadow tossed five strong innings against the Falcons, allowing just two hits while striking out five. Sam Horn led the offense with a pair of hits and three RBIs while Travis Burnette also contributed a hit and drove in a run.
Duluth 7, Shiloh 5
DULUTH – Duluth held off visiting Shiloh 7-5 on Saturday. Chris Morrissey was the winning pitcher for the Wildcats (2-1). Morrissey went 5 2/3 innings and allowed two earned runs while striking out five. Aadil Desai drove in a pair of runs and also notched the save in relief.
Buford 8, Mill Creek 2
BUFORD – Buford topped visiting Mill Creek 8-2 on Saturday. Dylan Lesko was the winning pitcher, going four innings and allowing one earned run while striking out four and helping his own cause with two hits and two RBIs. Riley Stanford also contributed two hits and drove in two runs for the Wolves (2-0).
Dacula drops a pair
DACULA – Dacula fell 7-2 to Centennial and 7-0 to Collins Hill on Saturday. Dylan Noce had a pair of hits in the opener against Centennial and Colson Crosby had the best offensive game against Collins Hill for the Falcons (1-2).
Providence Christian 10, South Gwinnett 0 (5 inn.)
LILBURN – Providence Christian opened its season with a five inning 10-0 win over South Gwinnett on Saturday. Joe Shealy picked up the win for the Storm (1-0), going four innings and giving up one hit and striking out five. Shealy also helped his own cause at the plate with two hits and three RBIs.
Zach Douglas added a pair of hits while Sam Aurelia collected two hits, walked twice and stole three bases in the win.
Buford 21, McIntosh 11
PEACHTREE CITY – Buford went on the road and dispatched McIntosh 21-11 on Saturday.
Mikey Canavan led the Wolves (2-0) with five goals and four assists. Zach Salvo also added five goals and dished out two helpers. Danny Reymond provided four goals and five assists, Jackson Rhodes scored four times while Ashton Daniels provided two goals and two assists.