SUWANEE – North Gwinnett dominated Lakeside-DeKalb in its opening round series of the Class AAAAAAA baseball playoffs on Wednesday.
The Bulldogs (27-5) defeated the Vikings by scores of 13-2 in five innings and 10-0 in six innings.
Brandt Pancer improved to 9-0 on the season as he went five innings and whiffed 12. Corey Collins had three hits, including a home run, and drove in four runs. Brian Leimkuehler added two hits and two RBIs, Josh Shuler had a home run and drove in four, Michael Borah collected two hits and drove in two while Chase McCulloch and Will Bennett each recorded two hits in the robust offensive display.
Coulson Buchanan was the winning pitcher in the clincher, striking out eight. Collins hit another home run, one of his three hits, while driving in two. Borah hit a home run, Bennett and Jayden Perrine each had two hits and drove in two. North will face the winner of the Forsyth Central-South Gwinnett matchup in the second round.
LOGANVILLE – Grayson split its opening two games with Lambert in the Class AAAAAAA playoffs on Wednesday.
The Rams (23-9) took Game 1 6-2 but fell 8-4 in the nightcap, setting up Thursday's deciding matchup.
John Anderson threw a complete game and struck out five to earn the win in the opener against the Longhorns. Anderson helped his own cause at the plate with two hits and three RBIs. Jeremiah Smith had two hits and scored twice, Zack Resh added two hits and two RBIs, while Kevin Ortiz had two hits of his own and an RBI.
In Game 2, Grayson led 3-2 in the fifth inning but errors let the visitors take control. Anderson added two hits and two RBIs to his haul at the plate for the evening and Ortiz also collected two more hits. Josh Stinson recorded two hits and drove in a run.
Dacula splits with Northgate
DACULA – Dacula dropped Game 1 of the Class AAAAAA baseball series to Northgate 2-0, but rallied to take the nightcap 7-3. Game 3 will be played on Thursday.
Jarrett Jenkins pitched a complete game and took the tough luck loss in the opener. Marcerio Allen also pitched a complete game in the second game but had offensive support. Jackson Smith had three hits, including a double and a home run, while Henry Helfrich added two hits for Dacula (14-16).
Greater Atlanta Christian swept
CALHOUN - Greater Atlanta Christian fell to host Calhoun by scores of 8-6 and 3-1 in the Class AAA playoffs on Wednesday.
The Spartans end their season at 14-13-1. Zac Mixon led the GAC offense in the opener with four hits. In the Game 2 loss, Jacob Fairbanks and Charlie Nieman each had a hit.
Hebron Christian sweeps Brookstone
COLUMBUS – Hebron Christian defeated Brookstone 7-3 and 9-3 in the first round of the Class A-Private baseball playoffs on Wednesday. The Lions (17-13-1) will face Lakeview Academy in the second round.
The Lions scored six runs in the first inning to jump on the hosts. Mason Ashby went 6 2/3 innings and allowed one earned run while striking out five to earn the win. Max Bennett and Jason Lockhart each had two hits and drove in a run.
Brookstone scored three runs, all without a hit, in the second game off starter Nathan Alexander. Alexander recovered to take a no-hitter into the sixth inning and the Hebron offense rallied for a run in the first, three in the second and four more in the third to take the lead.
Garrett Howe had three hits and drove in a run, Bennett had a hit and two RBIs while Jack Ihm collected a pair of hits and drove in a run.
Greater Atlanta Christian 3, Murray County 0
NORCROSS – Greater Atlanta Christian opened the Class AAA state playoffs with a 3-0 win over Murray County on Wednesday.
Jack Jacquet scored all three goals for the Spartans (16-3). Spencer Yates and Damola Salami recorded assists. Hunter Winkler posted the shutout in net.
GAC will face the winner of the Pace Academy-Morgan County contest in the second round.
Wesleyan 4, King's Ridge 1
PEACHTREE CORNERS - Wesleyan defeated King's Ridge 4-1 in the opener of the Class A-Private soccer playoffs on Wednesday.
Harrison Larner scored the first goal for the Wolves off an assist from Jonathan Lopez. Sean Renz scored to make the score 2-0 in the second half before King's Ridge scored via a penalty kick to halve the lead.
Renz scored his second of the game and Lopez added a goal to secure the win for the Wolves (12-6). Wesleyan advances to face Mount de Sales in the quarterfinals.
Parkview 12, Brookwood 7
LILBURN – Parkview downed Brookwood 12-7 on Wednesday. Sydney Trammell scored four goals to lead the Panthers (12-5). Mylin Nguyen and Anna Estock each scored three times while Sarah Smith scored twice and added an assist. Camille Jennings, Ellie Rey and Danielle LaPlume each scored twice for the Broncos (7-9).
Wesleyan 12, Grady 8
ATLANTA – Wesleyan defeated host Grady 12-8 as Regan Utley scored five goals and dished out two assists to lead the Bears (15-2). Mina Muirhead scored twice while Amberly McCorkle added a goal in the victory.
Wesleyan 18, Pinecrest Academy 5
PEACHTREE CORNERS – Wesleyan downed Pinecrest Academy 18-5 on Wednesday. Emma-Kate Means scored three goals as did Anna Rae Copeland. Copeland also registered five draw controls and goalie Emma Nydam recorded five saves for the Wolves (13-4).
Parkview 15, Brookwood 12
LILBURN – Parkview held on to defeat visiting Brookwood 15-12 on Wednesday. Tyler Banfield led the Broncos (7-9) with four goals. Selassie Richardson and Justin Graves scored three and two goals, respectively.
Dacula 17, Gainesville 12
DACULA _ Dacula's Matt Morgenroth scored seven goals and dished out three assists to lead the Falcons to a 17-12 win over Gainesville on Wednesday. Justin Ballard scored three times and added two assists while Michael Milroy assisted on three goals. Addison Daniels, Dylan D'Amato and Hunter Devalle each scored twice for Dacula (5-12).
Wesleyan 162, Cambridge 189
MILTON – Wesleyan fired past Cambridge 162-189 in a match played at The Manor on Wednesday. Michael Mele led the Wolves with a 39 while Luke Jackson carded a 40.