Sono­rav­ille vol­ley­ball earns wins over North Mur­ray, Coosa

Calhoun Times - - SPORTS SATURDAY -

Sono­rav­ille went on the road on Tues­day and got a pair of wins to jump back over the .500 mark for the sea­son.

The Lady Phoenix vis­ited Coosa for a tri-match and earned a 25-12, 25-13 win over North Mur­ray in the opener. They then bat­tled hard for close vic­tory over host and de­fend­ing Class AA state cham­pion Coosa 25-23, 26-26 in the night­cap.

“We were down 19-23 in the sec­ond set against Coosa, but with our backs against the wall, we bat­tled back for the win,” said Sono­rav­ille coach Trace Vaughn, “It was great to see the ma­tu­rity level our girls dis­played, and how we sim­ply re­fused to give up. We can def­i­nitely build off that win.”

Sopho­more Abby Cham­bers led Lady Phoenix (6-5) ef­fort with 20 kills and three aces. Also with a big night was Bree Steely with 22 as­sists, eight kills, six aces on 18-of-18 serv­ing, two digs and a block.

Also con­tribut­ing to the two wins was Anissa Hales with 15 digs and two aces, Raleigh Hooper with two as­sists, eight kills, four digs and two aces, Kin­sey Wil­son with 10 digs and two aces, Han­nah We­hunt with four digs, four aces and three as­sists, An­nelies Carr with four kills and three blocks, Alexis Lin­coln with four kills and Sky­lar Huskins with three kills.

The Sono­rav­ille ju­nior var­sity also de­feated North Mur­ray and Coosa in straight sets.

The Lady Phoenix have a week off be­fore re­turn­ing to ac­tion on Tues­day in a nonarea tri-match at South­east Whit­field at 6 p.m. that in­cludes Oglethorpe.

In other re­cent prep sports ac­tion: Lake­view- Fort

SOFT­BALL Sono­rav­ille 3, LFO 0 (10 in­nings)

The Lady Phoenix got an in­cred­i­ble pitch­ing per­for­mance from Kris­ten Davis and some clutch hits to earn a big re­gion road win in ex­tra in­nings on Tues­day and stay un­de­feated in the process.

Davis went all 10 in­nings for Sono­rav­ille (8-0, 5-0 in 6-AAA) for the com­plete-game shutout win as she al­lowed four hits, struck out 10 and walked only two. Davis also had two hits at the plate, in­clud­ing a dou­ble, and an RBI in the 10th in­ning.

Shayna Dut­ton also had a huge knock in the 10th as she con­nected for a two-run homer for Sono­rav­ille. Grif­fin Holden fin­ished with three hits in the win, and Kar­ley Thomas had two hits with one of those be­ing a dou­ble. Grace Fitzwa­ter added a dou­ble, and Ha­ley Wil­liams had a hit, a run scored and a stolen base.

The Lady Phoenix were back home on Thurs­day to try to con­tinue their earl­y­sea­son surge as they hosted North Mur­ray. (For de­tails on that game, see Wed­nes­day’s Cal­houn Times.) They will play in the Al­la­toona Buc­ca­neer Bash on Sat­ur­day at Al­la­toona High, tak­ing on Pope at 11 a.m. and Al­la­toona at 1 p.m.

Cal­houn 5, Coahulla Creek 2

Cal­houn con­tin­ued their win­ning ways re­cently with a nice road vic­tory on Tues­day in re­gion ac­tion to push their win­ning streak to five games.

The Lady Jack­ets (5-2, 3-2 in 6-AAA) trailed to Coahulla Creek 2-1 in the fifth in­ning but put to­gether a four-run sixth to jump ahead and hold on from there. Cal­houn used a bar­rage of homers to do most of their of­fen­sive dam­age on the night as Malysha Winston and Espee Reyes both had two-run shots, and Erin Barnes and Lyndi Rae Davis con­trib­uted solo blasts. Anna Tay­lor also had a 3-for-4 day at the plate, and Lona Sims had a hit as well.

Mag­gie McBrayer picked up the win in the cir­cle for the Lady Jack­ets as she went the dis­tance for the com­plete game, pitch­ing seven in­nings and al­low­ing two runs on five hits while strik­ing out seven.

Cal­houn was on the road once again on Thurs­day to visit LFO. ( For de­tails on that game, see Wed­nes­day’s Cal­houn Times.) They will host North Mur­ray for an­other 6-AAA matchup on Mon­day at 5:30 p.m.

Sono­rav­ille 4, Coahulla Creek 0

Sono­rav­ille got an­other com­plete-game per­for­mance from se­nior hurler Kris­ten Davis and some timely hits to earn a re­gion road vic­tory on Mon­day to stay atop the 6-AAA stand­ings.

Davis went seven in­nings for the shutout win for the Lady Phoenix (7-0, 4-0 in 6-AAA) and only al­lowed three hits while strik­ing out 12.

Grif­fin Holden and San­dra Beth Pritch­ett led the of­fense for Sono­rav­ille as Holden had two hits, in­clud­ing a solo homer, and Pritch­ett blasted a two-run shot. Ha­ley Wil­liams con­trib­uted two hits and a stolen base, Davis pitched in at the plate with a dou­ble, and Emma Gar­land, Kar­ley Thomas and Shayna Dut­ton also had a hit apiece.

CROSS COUN­TRY Cal­houn opens sea­son at Kosh Clas­sic

The Cal­houn boys and girls cross coun­try teams kicked off their sea­sons at the Kosh Clas­sic in At­lanta at the West­min­ster Schools last Sat­ur­day, and the in­vi­ta­tional is known for hav­ing one of the most chal­leng­ing cour­ses in the state and an elite field of teams, which con­sisted of de­fend­ing state cham­pi­ons, Class 7-A schools, Class 6-A schools and other strong pro­grams.

The Jack­ets started the sea­son strong and had sev­eral stand­out per­for­mances but missed any team awards. For the girls, ju­nior Ash­ley Hart­ness fin­ished 10th over­all and earned a medal, which comes af­ter miss­ing most of the 2017 sea­son with var­i­ous in­juries. Fresh­man Anna Gib­son and se­nior Mari Morales both made a state­ment by fin­ish­ing in the top 25. Ash­ley Jaramillo and Brisa Lopez also scored for the Jack­ets.

The Cal­houn boys also had sev­eral strong fin­ishes, with Felipe Bar­rios and Brody Blalock lead­ing the way. An­gel San­ti­ago and Jonathan San­tana scored for the Jack­ets. Os­car Huerta looked strong and should have scored, but a chip er­ror pre­vented his score from be­ing recorded.

The Jack­ets and Lady Jack­ets will look to im­prove this week as they travel to the Ridge Ferry In­vi­ta­tional in Rome on Sat­ur­day morn­ing in a meet that will show­case tal­ent from all of North Ge­or­gia.

File-LARRY GREESON / For the Cal­houn Times

Sono­rav­ille’s Han­nah We­hunt (right) keeps the ball alive as team­mate Anissa Hales pro­vides sup­port.

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