Kachel’s no-hitter highlights first round action

Photo by Sonny Kennedy

Harrison sophomore Emily Kachel threw a no-hitter in Game 1 of the Hoyas’ first-round series against Westlake last Wednesday. Kachel recorded 13 strikeouts in six innings of work as Harrison prevailed 8-0. The home team finished off the sweep with a dominant 13-1 performance in Game 2. Emily Fitchjarrell went 2-for-3 in the opener and had two RBIs in the clincher. The Hoyas will host Tift County in the round of 16 beginning on Wednesday.

A brutal Class AAAAAA second-round matchup will pit Pope against defending state champion Collins Hill. Pope booked its spot in the showdown by taking care of West Forsyth 5-1 and 7-2. Kelly Barnhill pitched each of the two games and went the distance on both occasions while striking out a total of 34 batters. Barnhill helped her own cause by going 2-for-3 with a three-run homer in Game 1.


Another top individual performance in the first round came from Collins Hill’s Brea Dickey. The senior, who owns the school’s all-time hits record, went 9-for-9 with two RBIs and four runs as the Eagles swept Shiloh by scores of 12-3 and 17-5. Winning pitchers were Amanda Chance in the opener and Aeshia Miles in the clincher.


Elsewhere in Class AAAAAA, Archer survived a three-game series against visiting North Gwinnett by taking the decider 2-0 last Friday. Archer’s Madison Abell hurled a complete game while allow just three hits as she improved to 14-4 for the 2014 campaign. Brittany Maresette went 2-for-4 with a home run and Andria Booth had an RBI double and a run scored. The Tigers are into the round of 16 for a fifth consecutive season and will host Etowah in a best-of-three series starting on Wednesday.


In Class AA, Wesleyan is through to the last 16 after beating Manchester 12-4 and 10-0 last week. The Region 6 champions were led by sisters Riley and Cassie Henning. Riley had two hits in Game 1 before Cassie took the mound for Game 2 and got the win by allowing no hits in five innings. Alyssa Bedard also enjoyed a two-hit performance in the opener and she added three RBIs in the nightcap. Next up for the Wolves is Union County, which got past Darlington in round one.


Three Region 4-AAA representatives advanced to the second round of the state playoffs. Blessed Trinity rolled over Laney, Westminster cruised past Washington County and Decatur swept Hephzibah. The top two Region 6-AAAA teams are still alive. Marist swept Troup County and St. Pius X battled past Woodward.

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