Parkview baseball heating up

Sonny Kennedy

Class AAAAAA No. 1 Johns Creek won two games and lost one in the past week. On Monday, the Gladiators started the week in the win column with a 9-3 triumph over visiting Centennial. Matthew Gorst got the win with five innings of work and two earned runs. Brandon Gold had a double and three RBIs while Justin Friend knocked in two runs. The Gladiators visited West Forsyth on Wednesday and fell 4-3 as Alex DeCubellis scored on a wild pitch in the fifth inning to give the Wolverines a lead they would not relinquish. Zack Bitzer earned the win for West Forsyth with five innings of work and two earned runs. On Thursday, Gold pitched a complete-game three-hit shutout to lead the Gladiators to a 1-0 win over North Forsyth. The senior righty also drove in the game’s only run in the first inning on a groundout that scored Skye Overton. … Class AAAAAA No. 3 Marietta beat Alpharetta 8-1 Saturday then swept Harrison in a two-game midweek series 3-1 and 8-4. Senior catcher Travis Wildermuth homered, doubled and had four RBIs in the win over Harrison Wednesday night. In the Monday night game, the visiting Blue Devils scored three in the top of the 13th to win. Marietta received a spectacular pitching effort from senior pitcher Gabe Friese, who allowed just one run in 10 innings pitched while junior Brooks Dechiara pitched three scoreless innings of relief and got the decision. … No. 4 Parkview earned three wins this week, beating Brookwood 7-1 Monday, Archer 8-1 Wednesday and Shiloh 9-8 Thursday. Mac Marshall upped his record to 4-2 by earning the win over Brookwood while Ryan Blanton homered. Blanton homered again against Shiloh and drove in three runs. Blanton has four homers this season. … Arabia Mountain coach Eric Hoxie won his 100th career game April 9 when his team beat M.L. King 6-4. … Druid Hills won three recent games over Morrow (12-0 on April 9), Riverwood (7-6 on April 10) and Newton (9-8, Friday). In the victory over Morrow, freshman Nick Ewing tossed a five-hit shutout. … Lakeside-DeKalb upset Class AAAAAA No. 3 Marietta Friday as freshman Andrew Hinton was 3-for-3 with two RBIs and senior Andrew Doetsch got the win in one inning of relief. … Class AA No. 3 Westminster beat Hapeville Charter 11-1 and 15-0 this week in region play. In Game 1, pitcher Hays Meyer earned the win while Kenta Yasuda tripled and drove in three runs.

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