Lady Jackets celebrate Senior Day with win over Adairsville
Calhoun honored their three seniors on Thursday as part of Senior Night, and all three then contributed in a victory over Adairsville to finish off the subregion schedule on a high note.
The Lady Jackets got a combined four hits, five RBIs and four runs scored from their seniors to lead the way to a 10-2 win over Adairsville as they closed out their 6-AAA South schedule with a 5-3 record. The win put them in a tie for second in the subregion with Bremen, and the Lady Blue Devils won the tiebreaker. Bremen hosted Ringgold in the first round of the Region 6-AAA Playoffs on Tuesday, and Calhoun was on the road at Coahulla Creek.
On Thursday, senior Maddie Bumgardner had a threerun triple, and senior Adella Carver was 2-for-3 with a homer, two RBIs and two runs scored. The Lady Jackets’ third senior Tori Roper also had a hit and a run scored.
The Calhoun offense was also bolstered by Blair Hall, who had a homer, two RBIs and two runs scored, Lyndi Rae Davis with two hits and two RBIs and Anna Taylor with two hits. Audrey Wilbanks contributed an RBI, and Erin Barnes had a hit and a run scored.
Hall also was solid on the mound, earning the win by going five innings before the game was called due to the mercy rule. She allowed two runs on four hits while striking out five.
The Lady Jackets were at Coahulla Creek with their season on the line on Tuesday in the best 2-of-3 series in the first round of the region playoffs. If a Game 3 is necessary, it will be played on Wednesday. (For details on that series, see Saturday’s Calhoun Times.)
In other recent prep action:
CROSS COUNTRY Calhoun sweeps again at New Echota
For the second straight week, the Calhoun girls and boys teams hosted a meet at New Echota and once again they finished atop the team standings for both races.
The Calhoun boys finished ahead of North Murray, Gordon Central and Pepperell with Felipe Barrios leading the way with his second-place finish individually. Jonathan Santana (fourth), Brody Blalock (fifth), Mario Marroquin (ninth) and Francisco Pena (11th) also contributed to the team score. Julio Lopez, Andy Echeverria and Danny Hernandez also ran well.
The Lady Jackets were also victorious, finishing first in the team standings ahead of North Murray, Southeast Whitfield, Gordon Central and Pepperell. Mari Morales won the girls race with an impressive run as she finished more than 100 yards ahead of the second runner. Ashley Jaramillo was third, and Ashley Hartness took fifth. Emily Driscoll (seventh) and McCamy Ellis (eighth) completed the team scoring. Adamariz Perez, Sandra Ramirez and Lesley Pacheco also had strong races.
The race also marked a special occasion for the Calhoun cross country program as they celebrated their 50th anniversary. Several former runners attended and cheered on the current team. They also held a meet and greet before the race with the program’s first coach, Lynn Walter.
Calhoun will next race on Oct. 3 at the Region Preview Meet at the Resaca Battlefield
VOLLEYBALL Lady Jackets lose two on road
Calhoun went on the road for a tri-match against higher classification opponents Cartersville and Northwest Whitfield and competed hard but lost both matches in two sets.
The Lady Jackets (23-12) led Cartersville in the first match thanks to a strong start before the Lady Hurricanes bounced back and sent Calhoun to a loss in two sets. They then battled hard against host Northwest Whitfield but lost in two sets once again.
Ashlyn Brzozoski led in the stat column for Calhoun with 13 digs and two aces. Also contributing was: Jenna Santori with eight digs, Emma Kate Smith with four digs, two aces, one kill and one block, Anna George with four kills and three blocks, Erin Davis with four aces, Anna Hoblitzell with three blocks and two kills, Sophie Stewart with two kills and one dig, Erin Kelly with two blocks, one dig, one ace and one kill and Ashton Ensley and Railey Greeson with three digs apiece.
Calhoun was back home on Tuesday to host a tri-match against rival Sonoraville and Ringgold. (For details on that match, see Saturday’s Calhoun Times.) They will visit Woodland for a tri-match against the Lady Wildcats and Alexan- der on Thursday at 6 p.m.
SOFTBALL Armuchee 8, Gordon Central 0
The Lady Warriors were held to just two hits in a road region loss on Thursday.
Morgan Frank and Sam Jordan were the only players to record hits for Gordon Central (3-13, 3-8 Region 7-AA). Destiny Parker pitched 1 1-3 innings and gave up two runs on three hits while striking out one in relief.
Gordon Central was on the road on Tuesday for a non-region contest at Christian Heritage. (For details on that game, see Saturday’s Calhoun Times.) They will visit Model on Wednesday at 5 p.m. to close out the regular season before opening play in the Region 7-AA Tournament at Alto Park on Saturday.
Lady Jackets drop two at Grayson Tournament
Calhoun got a chance to square off against two of the top teams in higher classifications on Saturday at the Grayson Tournament at Buford, and even though they were swept in the doubleheader, they will use the failure as a learning experience.
The Lady Jackets (16-8) first faced Class 7A East Coweta, who is currently undefeated, and scored three runs over the final two innings, but lost 7-3. They then faced Class AAAAA Buford, who is among the top teams in their classification, and took a 15-5 loss.
Against East Coweta, Lyndi Rae Davis led the offense with a homer and two RBIs, and Carlie Henderson added two hits from the leadoff spot, including a triple, to go with an RBI. Erin Barnes and Audrey Wilbanks also scored runs.
In the second game against Buford, Calhoun fell behind big early, giving up 15 runs in the first three innings and never could recover. Davis added two more hits on the day and drove in two, and Adella Carver also had two hits and an RBI. Blair Hall contributed a double and two RBIs, and Barnes, Lona Sims and Molly Walker all had a hit and a run scored.
Chattooga 8, Gordon Central 0
Gordon Central hung around for a while, but Chattooga put the game away with a four-run fifth to send the Lady Warriors to a region road loss on Saturday.
The Lady Warriors (3-14, 3-9) tallied five hits in the loss but couldn’t seem to get the timely one to drive runners when they needed it. Sam Jordan, MacKenzie Hall, Jada Jaco, Destiny Parker and Dalyn Muse all recorded a hit.
Calhoun’s Adella Carver connects for a homer during Thursday’s game against Adairsville.
Calhoun runners look to stay in a pack during the early portion of the girl’s race on Thursday.