Cal­houn earns 3-0 re­gion win be­hind McBrayer’s shutout

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Be­hind a dom­i­nant pitch­ing per­for­mance and some timely hits the Cal­houn Lady Jack­ets earned a re­gion win and a lit­tle bit of re­venge in the process on Mon­day.

Cal­houn got a com­pletegame shutout from pitcher Mag­gie McBrayer and clutch hits from mul­ti­ple bat­ters to de­feat North Mur­ray 3-0 in Re­gion 6-AAA ac­tion and atone for their ear­lier loss to the Lady Moun­taineers.

The Lady Jack­ets (7-2, 5-2 in 6-AAA) were led by McBrayer who picked up the win by go­ing seven in­nings and al­low­ing no runs on just four hits while strik­ing out five.

Of­fen­sively, Car­lie Hen­der­son had two hits and an RBI to lead the way, and Espee Reyes added a dou­ble and a run scored. Cal­houn’s Lona Sims and Erin Barnes each had RBIs as well, and Lyndi Rae Davis and Malysha Win­ston had a hit apiece.

The Lady Jack­ets were back at home on Thurs­day for a huge re­gion ri­valry matchup against Sono­rav­ille. ( For de­tails on that game, see Wed­nes­day’s Cal­houn Times.) They will host Mur­ray County on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in a makeup of an ear­lier rain­out.

In other re­cent prep sports ac­tion:

SOFT­BALL Sono­rav­ille 5, Ring­gold 3

The Lady Phoenix went on the road and earned a hard­fought vic­tory to stay un­beaten in re­gion play on Tuesday.

Sono­rav­ille (11-1, 8-0 in 6-AAA) was tied at 1-1 go­ing into the fifth in­ning when they scored a run in the fifth fol­lowed by three in the sixth to take con­trol of the game. Shayna Dut­ton led the of­fen­sive out­put for her team with three hits and three RBIs. San­dra Beth Pritch­ett also had three hits, in­clud­ing a dou­ble, and an RBI, Kris­ten Davis added two hits, in­clud­ing a dou­ble, and Griffin Holden had three hits. Ha­ley Wil­liams con­trib­uted two hits and a run scored, and Pay­ton Townsend also had two hits. Kar­ley Thomas scored a run and had a hit as well.

Davis earned the win in the cir­cle go­ing all seven in­nings and al­low­ing three runs (one earned) on six hits while strik­ing out 11.

The Lady Phoenix were on the road on Thurs­day as they looked to re­main un­beaten in 6-AAA play when they squared off with ri­val Cal­houn. (For de­tails on that game, see Wed­nes­day’s Cal­houn Times.) They will host Adairsville on Thurs­day at 5:30 p.m.

Cal­houn 17, Mur­ray County 8

Cal­houn won a backand-forth of­fen­sive af­fair on Tuesday as they scored early and of­ten on the road in 6-AAA ac­tion.

The Lady Jack­ets (8-2, 6-2 in 6-AAA) scored four runs in each of the sec­ond and third in­nings, and then added one in the fourth, two in the fifth, two in the sixth and four more in the sev­enth to put the game away. Ten dif­fer­ent Cal­houn play­ers had hits in the con­test as they were led by Car­lie Hen­der­son and Molly Walker, who each had three hits and three RBIs apiece. One of Hen­der­son’s knocks was a dou­ble.

Also con­tribut­ing of­fen­sively was Espee Reyes with two hits, in­clud­ing a dou­ble and a triple, to go with two RBIs and two runs scored, Erin Barnes with two hits, in­clud­ing a dou­ble, four runs scored and an RBI, Lyndi Rae Davis with two hits, in­clud­ing a dou­ble and an RBI, Au­drey Wil­banks with two hits and two runs scored, Molly Banks with a hit and two RBIs, and Anna Tay­lor and Jor­dan Blair who each had a hit and a run scored.

Lona Sims got the win in the cir­cle as she started and pitched four in­nings, giv­ing up six runs (two earned) on seven hits while strik­ing out two. Walker came in to pitch three in­nings of re­lief and she al­lowed two runs on two hits.

Ar­muchee 10, Gor­don Cen­tral 4

The Lady War­riors fell be­hind big on Tuesday and mounted a small rally but couldn’t sus­tain it for the come­back in a re­gion road loss.

Gor­don Cen­tral (5-8, 1-5 in 7-AA) trailed 10-0 go­ing to the fifth in­ning, but then scored four runs in the fifth in­ning to avoid the mercy rule. Of­fen­sively for the Lady War­riors, Sam Jor­dan led the ef­fort with three hits and an RBI. Jada Jaco and Mor­gan Frank added two hits apiece, and Sarah Crow­der had a dou­ble and two RBIs. Marissa Self con­trib­uted a hit and an RBI, and Cara Crump also had a hit.

Gor­don Cen­tral was at home on Thurs­day to host Rock­mart for a 7-AA matchup. (For de­tails on that game, see Wed­nes­day’s Cal­houn Times.) They will next host Model on Wed­nes­day at 5 p.m.

VOL­LEY­BALL Lady Phoenix earn two wins on road

Sono­rav­ille vis­ited South­east Whit­field for a tri­match on Tuesday and came away with a pair of wins.

The Lady Phoenix (8-5), led by Bree Steely’s pre­ci­sion serv­ing, jumped out to a big lead over LFO, then held off a late surge by the Lady War­riors, win­ning the first set 25-20, then fol­low­ing with a 25-19 vic­tory in the sec­ond set. The sec­ond match, a very even pair­ing ver­sus host South­east. Whit­field, was a tough, back-and-forth test for the Lady Phoenix. How­ever, they pre­vailed in three sets (2522, 23-25, 25-17) be­hind a strong de­fen­sive ef­fort keyed by Anissa Hales, Han­nah We­hunt, and Kin­sey Wil­son, as well as timely hit­ting by Steely, Abby Cham­bers, Sky­lar Huskins and Raleigh Hooper.

“Our ef­fort level was ex­actly where we need it to be in the sec­ond match,” said Sono­rav­ille head coach Trace Vaughn. “We are start­ing to win the long ral­lies, and that’s been a key to our win streak. The fo­cus now is more on con­sis­tency, as well as grow­ing as a team and let­ting go of some of the in­di­vid­ual habits that hurt us at times.”

Sta­tis­ti­cally for Sono­rav­ille Steely fin­ished with 17 as­sists, 11 kills, eight aces and three digs, Hooper had 15 as­sists, four kills, four aces and three digs, Abby Cham­bers had 12 kills and six aces, Hales had 11 digs and three aces, Wil­son had 10 digs, two as­sists and an ace, Huskins had six kills and two aces, We­hunt had nine digs and two aces, An­nelies Carr had four kills and two blocks and Alexis Lin­coln added three kills and two digs.

The Lady Phoenix faced an­other tough road test Thurs­day evening, as they trav­eled to Al­la­toona for a tri­match that in­cludes Wood­land. (For de­tails on that match, see Wed­nes­day’s Cal­houn Times.) They will host Fan­nin County and Adairsville for a tri-match on Thurs­day start­ing at 5 p.m.

Gor­don Cen­tral earns split of tri-match

The Lady War­riors vis­ited Pep­perell on Tuesday to take on the Lady Dragons and Chat­tooga and came away with one win in the two matches.

Gor­don Cen­tral ( 3- 14) bat­tled hard but fell to Pep­perell in their open­ing match in two sets (20-25, 23-25). They bounced back in their fi­nal match of the night, de­feat­ing Chat­tooga in three sets (16-25, 25-22, 15-13).

“The ladies did amaz­ing,” said Gor­don Cen­tral coach Ali­cen Pear­son. “They have turned it on, and we con­tinue to im­prove each day.”

In the match against Pep­perell, Tayla Gunn had six kills and one block, Ha­ley Blaski had three kills, two aces and one block and Jaky Al­varez added six as­sists. In the win against Chat­tooga, Daie Tram­mell con­trib­uted four aces, three as­sists and one kill, Montse Vil­lalo­bos added four aces, Blaski had nine digs, five kills and three aces and Chloe Fer­gu­son had two aces, two digs and one kill.

The vic­tory against Chat­tooga was the Lady War­riors’ third in the past week as they also de­feated Rock­mart last Thurs­day and Dar­ling­ton on Satur­day.

Gor­don Cen­tral will visit Dade County for their next match on Tuesday as they take on the Lady Wolver­ines and Lookout Val­ley (Tenn.) in a tri­match start­ing at 5 p.m.

CROSS COUN­TRY Gor­don Cen­tral, Sono­rav­ille run at Fort Moun­tain Meet

Gor­don Cen­tral and Sono­rav­ille both trav­eled to Chatsworth on Tuesday to com­pete in the Fort Moun­tain Meet and each came away with pos­i­tive re­sults.

The Lady War­riors took first in the girls team stand­ings ahead of Mur­ray County and Sono­rav­ille with Jas­mine Ve­lasco earn­ing a first-place fin­ish in­di­vid­u­ally with a time of 23:55. Sono­rav­ille’s Riley Triplett came in sec­ond in­di­vid­u­ally.

On the boys’ side, Sono­rav­ille took first in the team scores as Nahum Trenti led them with a sec­ond-place in­di­vid­ual fin­ish. Gor­don Cen­tral’s top time on the boys’ side came from Al­fredo Pegueros.

Both head coaches had pos­i­tive take­aways from the meet.

“I was re­ally proud of my team,” said Gor­don Cen­tral coach Shan­non Rain­wa­ter. “It was the first race of the sea­son for the full team, and de­spite some course mark­ing dif­fi­cul­ties, ev­ery­one had a pretty good race. I’m look­ing for­ward to get­ting our whole team healthy.”

“I was able to see a lot of prom­ise from our girls team and ex­pect them to get bet­ter as the sea­son pro­gresses,” said Sono­rav­ille coach Butch Burch. “I am very en­cour­aged with what I saw from our JV run­ners and only see our pro­gram get­ting bet­ter in the fu­ture.”

Both teams will be back in ac­tion on Satur­day as they com­pete at the Run at the Rock at Wood­land High start­ing at 8 a.m.

TIM GODBEE / For the Cal­houn Times

Cal­houn pitcher Mag­gie McBrayer (cen­ter) de­liv­ers a pitch to catcher Lyndi Rae Davis (11) on Mon­day against North Mur­ray.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Gor­don Cen­tral’s Jas­mine Ve­lasco (right) and Sono­rav­ille’s Riley Triplett pose with their medals fol­low­ing Tuesday’s meet.

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