Berry, now 39-4 on the year, will square off against the defending national champions and No. 1-ranked Virginia Wesleyan Marlins next weekend. The site will be announced tomorrow.
Kassie Howard once again earned the start for her third straight game in the NCAA playoffs, tossing a 7.0 inning shutout to earn the Atlanta Regional Most Valuable Player honor. Brooke Whittemore, Kylie Aiken and Kayla Sangrey also earned All-Tournament recognition.
“As a senior, this has been our [season] ending weekend for the past three years,” Aiken said. “It was really fun to come out and have the opportunity to leave it all on the field again and advance further this year.”
Both teams were held scoreless through the first two frames with Berry’s only two baserunners coming courtesy of hit batsmen in the first inning.
Kayla Sangrey then launched a solo home run over the left field wall to lead off the third inning, giving Berry the vital 1-0 lead. Although Berry’s bats were held quiet for the rest of the game, Howard allowed only three hits after taking the lead, securing the Vikings’ victory.
“This group has had an outstanding season in growing,” head coach Cori Thiermann said after the game. “Every year we get a little bit further and I think it’s our alumni and our current squad that have done a great job of building this program.”
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL/GHSA Baseball Tournament:
Class 4A: Cartersville at home starting Tuesday in semifinals playing winner Heritage-Catoosa. Double-header begins at 4 p.m.; third game, if needed, is at 5 p.m. Wednesday. The winner plays the victor of the Jefferson-Blessed Trinity semi.
The 4A and 6A high school baseball championships will be decided on the home field of the Rome Braves, State Mutual Stadium (4A on May 21; 6A on May 22).
Rome Braves win 7-2 in Hickory to even series; rematch tonight at 6. Media release: Hickory fell to the Rome Braves 7-2 on Sunday afternoon. The loss evens the series at one game each. Hickory centerfielder Bubba Thompson led off the game with a single to left. Thompson stole second base during the next at bat for his first stolen base of the season. The Braves started the afternoon’s scoring with three runs in the second inning off righty Reid Anderson. Hickory responded in the bottom half of the inning on a homerun by catcher Yohel Pozo. The Braves scored again in the third and sixth inning to make the score 6-1. Hickory left fielder Austin O’Banion and third baseman Tyler Ratliff led off the bottom of the sixth with consecutive walks. They loaded the bases when first baseman Sam Huff was hit by a pitch. Second baseman Kole Enright singled to center to bring O’Banion in and make the score 6-2. The final run of the game came on a single in the ninth by Rome to bring the score to 7-2.
Next: At Hickory tonight at 6 and Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. Off Wednesday.
Roster moves: None.
Mills Fitzner’s photo gallery for the 2018 season and before.
Tuesday: Spring football for the Model Blue Devils, 6 p.m. Admission: Soap powder.
May 18: Rome vs. North Paulding, in the Wolves’ spring game at Berry College’s Valhalla Stadium, 7 p.m.
F&P is having its annual charity 5K on June 16 and this year, all of the proceeds this year will benefit Harbor House. “This is a great opportunity to support us and the community. You can use this link to register: https://bit.ly/2JFEdsu. Also, you can print the waiver form and take it to Garner and Glover Company, F&P Main Plant or Cycle Therapy. F&P Georgia Mfg