TUNNEL HILL, Ga. (WRCB) -- Northwest Whitfield baseball built a big early lead then rode the arm of Seth Pierce to a 6-3 victory over Dalton to complete a three-game sweep of the rival Catamounts and lock up the 7B-AAAA sub-region championship Friday night at Richard S. Chumley Field.
Pierce scattered six hits and mowed down batters to the tune of 13 strikeouts in a complete game effort. Clinging to a three-run lead with two runners aboard in the sixth, Pierce struck out the side to escape trouble. He added two more K's for a baker's dozen in the final frame to seal the win.
He nearly dug himself a huge early hole when Dalton loaded the bases with a single, an error and a walk, but Pierce got Kaleb Hill to ground into a double play to end the threat.
The Bruins used run-scoring singles from Branden Smith and A.J. Orozco, as well as a key two-run double from Diego Peralta to build a 6-0 lead through four innings.
Dalton answered with three runs off Pierce in the fifth, including a two-run double off the bat of Jake Roberts, but were held scoreless the rest of the way.
The Bruins improved to 17-3 overall with the win and remain a perfect 12-0 in sub-region play. In addition to the sub-region regular season title, Northwest Whitfield also secures the automatic berth in the Class AAAA playoffs that comes with it.
Other high school scores from Friday, April 12:
Silverdale Academy 4, East Hamilton 3
Silverdale Academy 3, Signal Mountain 1
East Hamilton 18, Grace Academy 2
Walker Valley 12, Polk County 2
Chattanooga Central 5, Bradley Central 4
Boyd-Buchanan 6, Cleveland 4
Pope John Paul II 6, Baylor 5
Cookeville 1, Rhea County 0
Tullahoma 7, Ooltewah 6
Red Bank 7, Notre Dame 2
Powell 7, Soddy-Daisy 2
CSAS 12, Hamilton Heights 0
Brentwood Academy 10, McCallie 0
McCallie 2, Brentwood Academy 0
Lakeview Fort-Oglethorpe 3, North Murray 2
Gordon Lee 11, Christian Heritage 1
Heritage 9, Southeast Whitfield 0
Ringgold 11, Sonoraville 1
Chattanooga Central 9, Bearden 1
Chattanooga Central 6, CAK 4
Walker Valley 9, Columbia Academy 3
Walker Valley 5, Richland 1
Dobyns-Bennett 2, Grace Academy 1
Rockwood 16, Bledsoe County 4
Marion County 7, Hixson 1
Sale Creek 14, Chattanooga Christian 2
South Pittsburg 16, St. Andrew's-Sewanee 0
Baylor 3, Westminster (Ga.) 0
McCallie 1, Lovett (Ga.) 1
Signal Mountain 4, Notre Dame 3
White House 4, Cleveland 3
CSAS 3, Rhea County 1
Boyd-Buchanan 4, Grace Academy 0
Chattanooga Christian 3, Randolph (Ala.) 0
McMinn County 2, Sweetwater 2
Calhoun 3, Fort Payne 0
Ringgold 1, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe 0
Notre Dame (boys) 6, Boyd-Buchanan 3
Notre Dame (girls) 9, Boyd-Buchanan 0
Dalton (boys) 3, Calhoun 2
Calhoun (girls) 3, Dalton 2
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