Photo by Derrick Mahone
Mundy’s Mill baseball coach Patrick Smith (left) and Jonesboro coach Dan Maehlman (right) meet at homeplate before their game Thursday that decided second place in Region 4-AAAA.
Eagle’s Landing girl’s tennis cruised to a 5-0 victory visiting Burke County Thursday in the first round of the Class AAA tournament.
The Lady Golden Eagles will host Mary Persons on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
Eagle’s Landing, the No. 1 seed out of Region 4, dropped just six sets in the match. Danielle Jones and Elizabeth Fincher earned 6-0, 6-0 wins at Nos. 1 and 2 singles, respectively, while Carli Woods won her No. 3 singles match, 6-1, 6-0.
Jessica Amero and Indian Milling won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 doubles, and Brianna Brown and Jenna Reinhardt won 6-4, 6-1 at No. 2 doubles.
Woodland 5, Mundy’s Mill 0
Woodland girl’s tennis won its Class AAAA first round match 5-0 at Mundy’s Mill on Thursday, setting up a match at Greenbrier on Monday at 3:30 p.m.
The Lady Wolfpack (10-2-1) got 6-0, 6-0 wins from Kimberly and Krystal Bowen at Nos. 1 and 2 singles, respectively, while Kyla Foye won 6-2, 6-1 at No. 3 singles.
Kelsey Wages and Kristin Avery won 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1 doubles, and Jasmyne Johnson and Nicole Langford earned a 6-1 victory at No. 2 doubles.
Drew 3, Westside-Augusta 0
No. 7-ranked Drew coasted to an easy 3-0 victory over Westside-Augusta in the first round of the Class AAA tournament Thursday.
The Lady Titans (12-3) advance to play the winner of Crisp County-Peach County.
Symone Townsend and Alexis Dean had 6-0, 6-0 wins at Nos. 1 and 2 singles, respectively, while Idara Ette won 6-2, 6-0 at No. 3 singles.
Northgate 14, Union Grove 7
The stakes were high for the Wolverines on Thursday night — win and claim their first region championship in school history, or lose and miss the state playoffs entirely.
Unable to muster much of an offense, Union Grove fell to Northgate, the No. 4 seed from Region 3B-AAAA, in the winner-take-all Game 3 at home.
The Wolverines (18-8) led 3-0 after two innings, but errors helped Northgate explode for six runs in the fifth inning and take control of the game.
“Our defense totally imploded,” Union Grove coach Allen Franklin said. “We made about 13 or 14 errors in three games. I think we made less than six errors all year long. We just couldn’t catch the baseball.”
Franklin lauded the pitching performances of Austin Smith and Matt Anderson, who both pitched seven innings in Wednesday’s double-header, and returned to throw a couple scoreless innings Thursday.
“Gutsy performers,” Franklin said. “They wanted the baseball even though they were probably sore and tired.”
Ryan Sapp led Union Grove at the plate with six hits in the series, while Michael McClellan had home run in the Wolverines’ 7-4 extra-inning loss in Game 1.
It wasn’t the ending the Wolverines had in mind after spending much of the season ranked in the top 10 and featuring seven college signees. But Franklin said it could still go down as a program-defining season.
“Obviously, we don’t like the way it ended,” Franklin said, “but the season as a whole, I think moving forward, we’ll be able to look back to this year as a turning point in our program. ... I really think this senior group, they showed the younger guys how to buy into what we asked them to do, and I think it’s going to continue to build.”
Mundy’s Mill 7, Jonesboro 0
Mundy's Mill's 7-0 win over Jonesboro Thursday clinched a first round home playoff game.
If the Tigers can get a little help from Creekside today, they will clinch their second region championship.
The Tigers ended the regular season with a 19-6 record overall and 18-2 in Region 4-AAAA. Lovejoy is 20-5 and 18-1 as it hosts Creekside today at 5 p.m.
If Creekside wins, it will give the Tigers the region title. Mundy's Mill and Lovejoy split during the regular season, with the Tigers getting the larger margin of victory.
"We still have hopes of winning it," Mundy's Mill coach Patrick Smith said.
Mundy's Mill senior pitcher Corey Harmon threw a complete game no-hitter for the win. He had 12 strikeouts and only walked three batters.
"I'm very pleased with his effort," Smith said. "He looked like the Southern Crescent player of the year out there. He has had a great career for us."
At the plate, second baseman Rodney Smith had a double and two RBIs, while freshman shortstop Jordan Robinson also had two hits.