Eli Gilmer, North Hall: Had a home run and four RBIs in a win over Habersham Central.
Preston Graham, North Hall: Pitched three no-hit innings and two strikeouts, along with an RBI double in a win over Monroe Area
Andrew Smith, North Hall: Reached base in all four plate appearances and scored twice in a win over Monroe Area.
Kevin Alexander, White County: Three hits, including two doubles, one RBI and one run scored in a win over West Oak (S.C.).
Blake Thomas, White County: Six inning pitched, no hits and 11 strikeouts in a win over West Oak (S.C.).
Hunter Anglin, Gainesville: Pitched a complete game with no earned runs and seven strikeouts, along with one RBI and a double at the plate in a win over Lanier.
Stephen Mason, Gainesville: Two home runs and two RBIs in a win over Lanier.
Michael Gettys, Gainesville: Had a home run and two RBIs in a win over Lanier, six shutout innings with 12 strikeouts in a win over White County.
Kolin Zimmer, Jackson County: Pitched a no-hitter with six strikeouts in a win over Clarke Central.
Jesse Tallent, Jackson County: Two doubles and three RBIs and a win on the mound with five strikeouts in five innings of relief against Madison County.
A.J. Benefield, Johnson: Pitched a complete-game two-hitter with 12 strikeouts in a win over West Hall.
Derek Fadool, Lakeview: Recorded a save and had two hits and an RBI in a win over Union County.
Dallas Deavers, Lakeview: Earned the win with 11 strikeouts in a win over Saint Francis.
Brandon Adams, Johnson: Four hits and two RBIs in a win over Chestatee.
Chris White, Johnson: Two hits allowed over six scoreless innings in a shutout against Chestatee.
Kaela Davis, Buford: Averaged 13.5 points in two games at the state tournament in Macon.
Mary Kate Rushton, North Hall: 27 points in a state semifinal loss to Washington County in Macon.
Tristan Bailey, North Hall: One goal and two assists in a win over White County.
Brittany Martin, Johnson: Three goals in a win over Lumpkin County.
Cassidy Elrod, Flowery Branch: Three goals and two assists in a win over Buford.
Tatiana Castillo, East Hall: Four goals and one assist in a win over Banks County.
Bertha Rondan, East Hall: Two goals and two assists in a win over Banks County.
Dalton Snyder, Lakeview: Ten saves in a shutout of Social Circle.
Carly Kenny, Lakeview: Three goals in a win over Social Circle.
Marcelle Zavala, Lakeview: Five saves in a shutout of Social Circle.
Olise Madichie, Riverside: Three goals in a win over George Walton.
Noah Kennedy, Riverside: Four goals in a draw with Forsyth Central.
Tania Perez, West Hall: Five goals in a win over Stephens County.
Kayla Goodson, North Georgia Christian: Three goals in a win over Colonial Hills.
Chandler Staton, North Georgia Christian: Three goals in a win over Colonial Hills.
Edgar Espinoza, Gainesville: Shutout win against Carrollton.
Haley Twiggs, North Hall: Shot a 37 at Chestatee Golf Club.
Jessie Edge, North Hall: Shot a 38 at Chestatee Golf Club.
Morgan Wood, Lumpkin County: Shot a 38 at Chestatee Golf Club.
Joseph Jarrard, Lumpkin County: Shot a 39 at Chestatee Golf Club.
Malorie Smith, West Hall: Shot a 39 at Sugar Hill Golf Club.
Lawson King, Gainesville: Shot a 76 at the Apple Mountain Invitational.
Parks Brown, Gainesville: Shot a 77 at the Apple Mountain Invitational.
Pep Brown, Gainesville: Shot a 78 at the Apple Mountain Invitational.
Grant Lasseter, Gainesville: Shot a 78 at the Apple Mountain Invitational.
Lee McCoy, Habersham Central: Shot a two-under-par 70 at the Apple Mountain Invitational.
Maggie Turner, Johnson: Won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles in a win over Monroe Area.
Ashley Hogan/Karina Rivera, Johnson: Doubles team won 6-0, 6-0 in a win over Monroe Area.
Elizabeth Mallory, Flowery Branch: Won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 singles in a win over Winder-Barrow.
Nicole Morris, Flowery Branch: Won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 singles in a win over Winder-Barrow.
Eric Cho/Drew Eidson, Riverside: Doubles team won 6-0, 6-0 in a win over Athens Christian.
Taylor Bost, Jefferson: Won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles in a win over East Jackson.
Abi Muesse, Jefferson: Won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 singles in a win over East Jackson.
Justin Harkins/Kody McDonald, Jefferson: No. 2 doubles team won 6-0, 6-0 in a win over East Jackson.
Max Wilson, West Hall: Won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles in a win over Johnson.
Brendon Worth/Min Kim, West Hall: No. 1 doubles team won 6-0, 6-0 in a win over Johnson.
Dane Allen, East Hall: Won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles in a win over Dawson County.
Despite not starting until this season, North Hall junior Zach Mize was expected to perform right away for a team looking to get back to the second round of the state playoffs, if not further.
So far, so good for the second baseman.
“Zach’s come in and solidified our middle infield and done very well at the plate early this season,” said Trojans coach Trent Mongero. “We knew that Zach would do a good job replacing Whit Bowen.”
Mize took over second base for Bowen, a three-year starter who is now playing collegiately at Brevard College.
“I have big shoes to fill,” Mize said. “But I felt like the team welcomed me in. The team’s helped me out a lot.”
The junior is also the No. 2 hitter in an offense that asks a lot of the two-hole.
“His role is hitting in the two-hole,” Mongero said. “He controls the barrel well, can hit to all fields, and he has very good execution skills — drag bunting and push bunting.”
Last Friday night against Monroe Area, Mize added power to his list of attributes when he hit his first home run of the year, along with a double and four RBIs, in a 15-0 win. His big night came just four days after he drove in three runs on two hits in a win over Habersham Central.
For his efforts Mize is The Times’ Athlete of the Week.
While he didn’t mind hitting the big fly, Mize said he is primarily a line drive hitter.
“That one I just came across. I’m more of a line drive hitter,” he said. “You’ve got to always think base hit, a line drive into the gap.”
And instead of a run-producer, Mize sees himself more as a second leadoff hitter, someone who will see a lot of pitches and make the pitcher work. Much of the time he said his goal is simply to get on base anyway he can, whether that be by bunt, walk, hit or being hit by a pitch.
Mize likes his role, a role that Mongero knew he could handle even before the season began.
“I felt all along like Zach could step in and play second base for me, but he proved that in the fall with 2-on-1 defensive workouts,” the coach said. “I have high expectations for Zach because he’s a competitor and a good athlete.”
And Mize has high expectations for the team he is quickly becoming a key part of.
“I think we’re capable of definitely making it farther than last year, but we’ve still got a lot of work to do,” Mize said of the Trojans (5-2, 2-0 Region 8-AAA North. “Right now we’re right where we want to be.”
Mize is right where Mongero and the Trojans want him to be.