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North Hall’s Courtney Gearin prepares to pitch to a Jackson County batter during the North Fall Softball Classic at North Hall Saturday. - photo by Tom Reed | The Times

Considering all circumstances, North Hall’s softball team did OK in hosting its North Fall Classic.

The Lady Trojans finished third in the Silver Bracket, losing their final game 3-1 to Mt. Pisgah Christian on Saturday at North Hall, but never got the opportunity they earned to compete in the Gold Bracket.

North Hall emerged from the pool portion of the three day event — played on Wednesday and Friday — as winners, which would have advanced the Lady Trojans to the championship bracket at North Georgia College & State University. But because Habersham Central pulled out of the tournament shortly before it was scheduled to begin, North Hall agreed to compete in the Silver Bracket, regardless of how it fared in pool play.

Lady Trojans coach Bruce King was proud of North Hall’s efforts in the event.

In the Lady Trojans’ (7-11) other two games Saturday, they beat Forsyth Central 9-4 and lost to Jackson County 5-0.

Jackson County ended runner-up in the Silver Bracket.

North Hall’s final game was a rematch against Mt. Pisgah (15-7). On Wednesday, the Lady Trojans defeated the Lady Patriots 7-6 in a game shortened to four innings due to time constraints. This game went the full seven innings and, as it turned out, every inning was necessary. The Lady Trojans grabbed a 1-0 lead on Melissa Adams’ RBI single in the first, but Mt. Pisgah tied the game in the second, scoring on an error. That score would hold until the sixth inning, when Mt. Pisgah’s Morgan Walters connected for a two-run homer off Courtney Gearin, bringing the score to its final margin.

Gearin took the loss, striking out three and hitting a batter while surrendering two earned runs on five hits.

Courtney Condon got the win for the Lady Patriots, striking out three while walking two and giving up two hits.

Mt. Pisgah’s win gave them first place in the Silver Bracket. North Hall visits Lumpkin County at 5:55 p.m.

Tuesday in Dahlonega. In Gold Bracket play at North Georgia College and State, Union County beat White County 5-0 for the championship.

Stephanie Satterfield (6-3) took the loss for White County and Laura Sangster led the Lady Warriors (14-4) at the plate, going 1-for-2 with a double.

The Lady Warriors won their first game 5-0, with Satterfield getting the win and Morgan Jacobson going 2-for-2 with a triple. In their second game, they beat Hart County 5-3, with Callie McDonald (8-1) getting the win and Sarabeth Cummins going 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs.

BUFORD WINS GOLD DIVISION: The Lady Wolves (18-4, 3-0 Region 6-AA) won the gold division of the Brookwood Invitational on Saturday at Parkview High in Lilburn. Lexi Oversteet had a double, two hits and an RBI in a 7-0 win for Buford against Eastside.

In a 9-0 win against Luella, Melissa Dickie picked up the win with only four hits allowed and nine strikeouts for Buford. Kodi Ricketson had three hits and a two-run home run for the Lady Wolves. Karly Fullem earned her second win of the day for Buford in a 9-1 win over Parkview. Ricketson led the Lady Wolves at the plate with two hits and four RBIs. Buford plays host to Greater Atlanta Christian on Tuesday.

JEFFERSON TAKES SECOND: The Lady Dragon’s softball team won the Silver Division of the Morgan County Lady Dog Invitational, winning four out of five games. On Friday, they beat Monroe Area 8-0 and lost to Heritage-Conyers 4-3. On Saturday they won three games, beating Stephens County 16-0 (three innings), Newton County 5-4 and Duluth 6-4.

For the tournament, Morgan McKinney had three wins and Kara Perry had one. Summer Bartek led the Lady Dragons with nine RBIs, including six against Stephens County.

CROSS COUNTRY
WEST HALL DOMINATES MEET: At a 25-team East Jackson Eagle Run, West Hall’s boys and girls each took first place. Medals were given to the top 20 individuals, and Spartans winners included Jimmy Gault (third place), Keegen Kyle (eighth), Brandon Nguyen (14th) and Junior Inguez (18th). Placing for the Lady Spartans were Savannah Smith (fourth), Taylor Long (sixth), Ryan Sharry (12th) and Ansley Dobbs (20th).

BARGER STAYS PERFECT:
North Hall High senior Cody Barger won his fifth race in five tries at the War Path Invitational in Canton, taking first place with a time of 16:05. His performance helped the Trojans to a fourth-place overall finish. Other Trojans medalists were Luis Gonzalez (16:52, 13th) and Brandon Lawson (16:57, 14th).

The Lady Trojans finished fifth overall and were led by Ansley Lawson (19:50, eighth).

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