Posted: 9:14 am Friday, April 4th, 2014
Baseball: Retiring Redan coach wins 500th … Wesleyan stuns Lovett … Westminster poised to take top spot … First Presbyterian OF goes 5-for-5 … Blessed Trinity, Loganville on winning streaks … North Paulding ace wins five straight
By Todd Holcomb
Redan coach Marvin Pruitt got his 500th victory this week in a 14-0 victory over Banneker. Pruitt’s record is 501-329-6 after beating Therrell 15-0 on Thursday. The only other head coach in DeKalb County with 500 victories in any sport is retired Columbia boys basketball coach Phil McCrary. Pruitt, who is retiring after this season, Redan to the Class AAAAA championship last season. His first head-coaching job came in 1983, when he led Lakeside to the state semifinals.
No. 1-ranked Lovett of Class AA was stunned on Thursday when Wesleyan, ranked No. 8, came from 9-1 down to beat the Lions 12-10 on their home field. Wesleyan (8-7, 4-1) hit two home runs in an eight-run sixth inning. Jordan Ward, a freshman, pitched the final 3 2/3 innings and got the win. Lovett fell to 11-5 overall, 1-1 in Region 6-AA, according to its schedule on MaxPreps. Wesleyan and Lovett meet again on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Wesleyan. Lovett beat Wesleyan 6-2 on Tuesday.
Westminster (13-3, 2-0) might be the new No. 1 in AA next week. The Wildcats, ranked second behind Lovett, beat No. 9 Greater Atlanta Christian 6-5 and 17-6 this week. The two play again at Westminster on Saturday at noon. Westminster also beat North Atlanta 17-2 on Wednesday. For the week, Luke Johnson is 6-for-7 with six RBI. Conrad Cornell is 4-6 with a pitching win. In the 6-5 win over GAC, Westminster won in eight innings on a walk-off two-run single by Robert DeGolian.
First Presbyterian Day senior outfielder K.J. Spears was 5-for-5 in a game last week against Rutland and entered the game as a relief pitcher and got the win, throwing three scoreless innings. Spars is batting .489 (23-for-47) with five doubles and two home runs. First Presbyterian is 9-5 overall and 6-1 in Region 7-A, tied with Aquinas for first place.
Blessed Trinity has won nine straight games since a loss to Etowah last month. Five regulars are hitting .400 are better. They are Cody Roberts (.435), Bronco O’Brien (.421), Bryson Jennings (.417), Jack Dunn (.400) and Jake Bogosian (.400). Paul Dwyer is close at .394. Eight players have at least one home run led by Roberts and Conor Davis with three apiece. The pitchers getting the most work are senior Ryan Young (3-0, 0.78), junior Brad Spinner (3-0, 2.10) and freshman Patrick McNamara (3-1, 1.75 ERA).
North Paulding senior Ryan Fields has been the winning pitcher in each of his past five starts, the past four in complete games. He’s 5-0 with a 1.21 ERA for North Paulding team that stands 14-4 overall, 9-3 in Region 5-AAAAA. Fields has 29 strikeouts in 29 innings.
Loganville has won seven straight games after a 4-4 start. Pitching has been the key despite the departure of Clint Frazier, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft by the Indians. Leading the way on the mound have been sophomore Mitchell Miller (Mississippi State commit) and senior Austin Hendricks (Gordon State College). The two lefthanders have allowed only seven earned runs over 52 innings and struck out 75. The leading hitter has been David Chabut, who is hitting .390 with six doubles.
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