SALEM BOUND! No. 1 Nighthawks Come From Behind to Win Super Regional

University of North Georgia
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.

NOTES
– Kylee Smith earned her 35th win of the year, surrendering just one run off five hits and three walks while punching out eight.

– 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.

NEXT UP
The Nighthawks will head to Salem, Virginia, for the 2018 NCAA Division II Softball Championship and will play on Thursday in the first game. The NCAA Softball Committee will reseed the eight teams prior to releasing the matchups.

No. 2 Softball Breezes Past USC Aiken in Doubleheader Sweep

University of North Georgia
4/21/2018 | Softball | Box Score 1 | Box Score 2
AIKEN, S.C. – After a week away from competition, the No. 2 University of North Georgia’s bats were on fire, tallying 22 runs on the day in a doubleheader sweep of USC Aiken in Peach Belt Conference play. The Nighthawks won, 17-2, in five innings in game one before a 5-0 win in the second game of the day.

GAME ONE
North Georgia got things started in the first, scoring two runs off a Kaylyn Anthony single after loading the bases. The Nighthawks added three more unearned runs in the third, taking advantage of a fielding error by USCA.

In the fourth, the bats really came to life, scoring eight runs off five hits in 13 plate appearances. The inning was highlighted with a three-run bomb from Anthony. The Pacers pushed two runs across in the bottom of the inning, bringing the score to 13-2 through four innings.

UNG scored four more in the fifth, starting with a leadoff homer from Kristen Adkins. Three batters later, Shelby Hammontree blasted a shot over the right center wall, bringing the game to its final score.

Kylee Smith earned the win, giving up just one hit across three innings of work and striking out seven.

GAME TWO
The latter half of the doubleheader was much closer as neither team was able to score through two innings. North Georgia finally got on the board in the third, scratching two runs across on a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly.

Hammontree hit her second homer of the day in the sixth, a solo shot over the wall in deep center to extend the Nighthawk lead to 3-0. UNG got another solo bomb from Sydney Sprague in the seventh, followed by an Alishia Frierson RBI double to give the Nighthawks a 5-0 win.

Smith again earned the win, this time throwing a complete seven innings and striking out 13 Pacers. She surrendered just two hits and one walk, improving to 26-1 on the season.

NOTES
– The 17 runs scored in game one is the third-most runs scored in a game in program history, trailing an 18-run performance against Union in 2015 and a 20-run output against Miles earlier this season.

– Hammontree finished the twinbill going 3-for-5 with five RBI and three runs scored to lead UNG at the plate.

– With four games to play in PBC action, North Georgia holds on to a one-game lead over Georgia College at 15-1 on the year.

NEXT UP
The Nighthawks will take on Georgia College at The Hill on Wednesday, April 25, in a matchup of the top-two teams in the conference. First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 4 p.m.

Baseball Snaps WSSU’s Winning Streak With 4-2 Win

University of North Georgia
4/20/2018 | Baseball | Box Score
DAHLONEGA – Despite a ninth-inning threat from the Rams of Winston-Salem State, the University of North Georgia baseball team was able to hang on to a two-run lead as Parker Morrison struck out the side with runners on the corners to win game one of the series, 4-2, Friday night at Bob Stein Stadium.

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.

NOTES
– 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.

NEXT UP
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.

Darrah, Blankinship Post Career High Numbers in 82-54 Win

University of North Georgia
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.

NOTES
– The 29-point first quarter was the most points in a single quarter this season, overtaking the three 28-point quarters that UNG has had so far this season.

– 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.

NEXT UP
The Nighthawks have a short turnaround as they travel to Fort Valley State on Monday night. Tip time is set for 6 p.m.

Ford Model T Huckster Raffle Supporting FCA Mission Trip

Community, Featured

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.

 

truck

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.

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