The Ashworth Warriors proved the old adage right on Thursday afternoon as the Warriors fought strong for 5 innings despite a tough loss to rival Calhoun; the final score was 14-2, Calhoun.
The Calhoun Yellow Jackets scored early and often, and the runs continued to mount on Ashworth.
Starting on the hill for Calhoun was Jarett Carden who pitched 4 innings and gave up only 1 hit; he had 6 strikeouts on the afternoon.
In relief of Carden was Jackson Brayden who no hit Ashworth for 2 innings; he capped the afternoon off with 5 strikeouts.
On the mound for Ashworth was Jackson Fowler who pitched 4 innings until Shy Williams, who started at catcher, replaced him. Fowler gave up 6 hits, 3 earned runs and struck out 2 Jackets on the day.
Calhoun Yellow Jacket Rhett Rogers had a big game as he accounted for 4 of Calhoun’s hits going 4-4 with 2 RBIs. Grant Clark went 2-3 with a double and grabbed 3 stolen bases.
Ashworth Warrior Timothy Cloer scored both of Ashworth runs. Lason Hefner had an RBI for the Warriors; Ashworth’s other run came on an error by Calhoun.
Calhoun finished with 14 runs, 11 hits and 3 errors. Ashworth finished with 2 runs, 1 hit and 10 errors.
“It’s good to get the bats going,” said Calhoun Baseball Statistician Brooks Gallman. “You have to commend them boys (Ashworth); it was a close game for a while.
He added that AMS has one of the best teams he has seen in years and it’s a credit to their coaches and players.
In other middle school action recently:
Sonoraville says “No-No” to South Central.
The defending BGMSAA Sonoraville Phoenix continue to play like champs as they improved their overall record to 4-0 as the Phoenix shutout the South Central Chieftains 2-0.
Easton Gallman threw a no-hitter in 6 innings of play. Gallman struck out 10 batters and did not allow a Chieftain to reach second base, according to Sonoraville Head Coach Paul Hammond.
The Phoenix crossed home for their first run after Zach Collum singled to centerfield and stole second. Collum advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored when Gallman grounded to short.
Sonoraville wasted no time in scoring again in the 2nd inning. Ryan Brown singled to lead off, and scored when Ryan Gross struck out and the ball got by the South Central catcher.
“The Sonoraville defense was solid for the entire game, making eight putouts in the field with no errors,” said Hammond. “Joseph Potts had the only other hit for the offense.”
The Sonoraville Phoenix tennis team continues to improve on the season.
“We won our first set when Alexandria Hunt and Anna Monteith won at #2 doubles, 8-4,” said Sonoraville Tennis Head Coach Andy Wear.
That would be the only match Thursday afternoon that the Phoenix would win, but progression is being made.
The Boys tennis team lost 5-0 as the girls fell 4-1.
The Calhoun Yellow Jackets tennis team was also in action on Thursday.
An excited Calhoun Tennis Head Coach Steven Waters said his team did awesome.
“Both tennis teams defeated Cartersville last night,” said Waters. “The girls avenged their only loss of the year!”
Winning for the girls was Marlee Nicholson 9-7, Faith Tankersly 8-4, Emily Jourdain and Jana Johns 8-5, and Allie Baldwin and Carson Butler 8-6.
On the boys’ side of the court, Jake Briggs won 8-0 while Ray Reeves won 8-5, Patrick Box and Chapin Rierson won 8-2 and Hunter Norman and Zane Box won 8-3.
The Sonoraville Phoenix traveled to Dalton to face the Christian Heritage Lions on Thursday evening.
Sonoraville split the matches with the Lady Phoenix winning 1-0 while the boys fell 4-0.
Scoring the lone and winning goal for the girls was Rebekah Cash from the corner shot.
“We had several missed scoring opportunities in the first half,” said Sonoraville Girls Soccer Head Coach Brandi Seiz. “We turned things around in the second half and finally scored.”
The Sonoraville boys’ team did not fare as well, but gave a great effort.
“We are coming together as a team and learning to play fundamental soccer,” said Sonoraville Boys Soccer Head Coach Jason McGuire.
“We have a strong, young nucleus to build from; I have been very proud of the leadership displayed by my eighth graders.”
McGuire went on to say that those eight graders have been great examples for the younger players on how to play soccer with class and character.
The Ashworth Warriors traveled down to Cartersville to face the Purple Hurricanes, but unfortunately the Canes were too much for the Warriors handing them only their second loss on the season.
At the end of regulation the game was 0-0. During the penalty kick shootout, Jorge Aranda was the only Warrior to net a goal.
According to Ashworth Boys Soccer Head Coach Daniel Worley, their only two losses this year have been decided by penalty kicks.
The Ashworth Girls fell to the Lady Canes, too, losing 5-0.