ELCA beats Lovett in battle of No. 1′s

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ELCA (No. 1 in Class A) beat Lovett (No. 1 in AA) 7-1 on Thursday to improve to 17-1 overall. Dalton Etheridge led the way on the mound for ELCA. … Defending champion Redan (No. 8 AAAA) cruised to an 8-2 win over Chamblee Thursday. Daren Osby pitched a complete game, and recorded 3 hits and an RBI to lead the Raiders. … Walton (No. 4 AAAAAA) hit North Gwinnett (No. 7 AAAAAA) hard for 13 runs and a 10-run win on Thursday. Jason Rooks had three RBIs to lead the Raiders. … Mountain View (No. 5 AAAAAA) also pulled off a victory (4-3) against North Gwinnett Friday. … Starr’s Mill upset No. 1 Whitewater Friday night 2-1. … No. 1 Lambert stayed undefeated (14-0) by throttling No. 6 West Forsyth 11-1 Friday. … Buford (No. 1 AAA) remained undefeated shutting out West Hall 10-0 Friday. Connor Bennett threw a 1-hitter, and added two hits to help his own cause. Buford then defeated Westminster 1-0 (No. 2 AA) on Saturday as well. Griffin Jolliff worked four scoreless innings, and Austin Wilhite’s 2-out double drove in the game’s only run. … Three of the state’s top teams competed in the 16-team National High School Invitational March 26-29. Milton (No. 9 AAAAAA) and Parkview (No. 2 AAAAAA) split the four games, and Gainesville finished (No. 6 AAAAA) finished 1-3. … Unranked Wesleyan defeated Greater Atlanta Christian (No.4 AA) scoring five in the fifth inning en route to a 7-3 victory. … Blessed Trinity (No. 8 AAA) scored quickly and never trailed in a 6-1 victory of McEachern Saturday. Freshman Patrick McNamara pitched 5.1 innings and gave up only one earned run. … Pierce County (No. 3 AAA) held on at home 6-3 against Walker (No. 8 A). … Riverwood won an extra-inning thriller against Sequoyah (No. 9 AAAAA) 7-6 on Friday. Will Baynes drove a 2-2 ninth-inning pitch to right field to score two for the Chiefs.

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