5/18/2018 | Softball | Box Score
DAHLONEGA – For the first time since 2015, the No. 1 University of North Georgia softball team is headed to the NCAA Division II Softball Championship after coming back to eliminate Young Harris, 2-1, in the Southeast Super Regional Fridayafternoon at Haines & Carolyn Hill Stadium.
The Mountain Lions struck first in the fourth, using three singles to scratch the game’s first run across the plate. North Georgia got runners in scoring position in three innings without plating a run prior to finally scoring in the sixth.
With a 2-2 count to lead off the sixth, Kaylyn Anthony blasted a solo shot that never got higher than seven feet off the ground, just clearing the fence to tie the game, 1-1. North Georgia took the lead for good as Hobby Gregory came sliding into home on a double steal to give UNG the margin needed to advance in the tournament. Young Harris got a runner to third in the final frame, but a groundout to senior Brittany Gilliam clinched the win, allowing the celebration to begin.
– The one-run lead for YHC was the first time that North Georgia had trailed in a game since the regular season finale against Flagler when UNG trailed, 1-0, for a half inning before the Nighthawks scored four in the next half inning.
– Shelby Hammontree led UNG at the plate, going 1-for-2 with a walk.
– With the win, North Georgia officially wins the Battle of Blood Mountain for the fifth straight year, 6.0-4.0.
Winston-Salem jumped on the Nighthawks in the third to get a lead. A lead off single from Wellington Guzman followed by a sacrifice bunt from Nick Williams, then a homer over left center from Randy Norris put the Rams up 2-0.
Behind in the score, North Georgia fought back in the bottom of the frame. William Mapes led off with a bunt to the first baseman, diving safely into the bag to board a runner for UNG. Chase Sudduth drew a walk to put runners on first and second for Andres Perez, whose RBI single to left scored Mapes and cut the lead in half, 2-1. A wild pitch would allow Sudduth to score and tie it up.
A RBI double from Nick Clarno to score Jake Arnold, who reached on a double to left, clinched the lead for the Nighthawks in the fourth frame. Then in the sixth, Arnold’s hot bat sent a shot over left to add an insurance run and extend the lead, 4-2.
The Rams were not through as they fought back in the ninth. A leadoff single from Emilio Abreu brought the tying run to plate for WSSU, Cole Parks. Parks blasted a ground single through the right side to board the go-ahead for the Rams, as Abreu advanced to third on the play. But despite the effort, Morrison sat the following three batters down in order to close it out for the Nighthawks.
– Arnold went 2-for-4 with a double, a homer, and one run scored. Clarno went 1-for-4 with a double and a RBI as well.
– With this win, Cade Heil improved to 6-5 on the season, WSSU’s Seth Reeves (3-3) drew the loss, and Morrison earned his 10th save of the year. Heil also had three pickoffs in the contest.
– UNG disrupted WSSU’s eight-game winning streak, and improved their streak to five.
North Georgia will be back at The Steiner tomorrow for game two of the three-game series against Winston-Salem State. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.
12/2/2017 | Women’s Basketball | Box Score
DAHLONEGA – Behind Mackenzie Darrah’s and Deana Blankinship’s big games, the University of North Georgia women’s basketball team opened Peach Belt Conference play with a resounding 82-54 win over Francis Marion Saturday afternoon in Memorial Hall.
Darrah netted 21 points, matching her career high set against Erskine last season, while Blankinship contributed 19 points, surpassing her career high of 18 points.
UNG never trailed in the contest, hitting the first basket of the game. The game was tied just once at 8-8, but UNG retook the lead moments later, extending it to as many as 32 points late.
– The Nighthawks shot over 57 percent from the field. Amber Skidgel and Julianne Sutton both finished in double figures, scoring 13 and 11, respectively.
– North Georgia assisted on 19 of its 32 made field goals.
The Gilmer County chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes is selling tickets for a chance to win a restored 1927 Ford Model T Huckster truck. The proceeds collected from the raffle will be used to cover the cost of a mission trip to Japan next summer.
Ford Model T Huckster
FCA Area Director Reece Sanford said the vintage vehicle was donated by a local family in Blue Ridge to help send 12 to 17 coaches and athletes on the mission trip.
He said 500 tickets will be sold at $100 each with the drawing scheduled Dec. 17th, during a special FCA all start football game involving seniors from Fannin, Gilmer, Pickens, Towns and Union counties. The game will be played in Blairsville.
Queen said the old truck runs well and had been in a downtown Blue Ridge location for a number of years before being restored.
Tickets are available from Reece Sanford at (706) 253-9608.