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No. 10 Patriots win fifth straight, Gainesville next

Dogs, ‘Noles pick up wins on diamond

The Heritage boys soccer team got ready for a huge showdown with a region rival with a comfortable non-league victory Tuesday. Austin Kulp scored two goals and four others chipped in with a goal each as the Class AAAAA No. 10 Patriots won their fifth consecutive game, 6-1 over Elbert County at Evans Memorial Stadium.

Kenny Weaver, Austin McMillan, Adam North and Hector Granados all added a goal each for the Patriots, who have won nine of 10 games since a 1-0 loss to still-unbeaten Clarke Central on February 28.

The game pitted Elbert County head coach Nick Beshiri against his brother, Heritage assistant Mike Beshiri.

“It was a bigger deal than just the game, it’s family,” said Heritage coach Brandon Stewart. “It was kind of nice, it was a good experience for (the Elbert County) boys. A lot bigger deal than just soccer.”

Heritage, 11-3 overall, will take its 4-2 Region 8-AAAAA record into Thursday’s home game against Class AAAAA No. 3 Gainesville, which is 6-0 against region opponents.

Bulldogs knock off Lions again on diamond

Rockdale defeated Region 2-AAAAAA rival Luella for the second time in eight days, winning 8-6 Tuesday.

In the last two weeks, the Bulldogs (10-9, 4-4) had suffered losses to league mates Lovejoy, Druid Hills and most-recently Newton, but crushed Luella 16-5 on March 24.

‘Noles roll

Salem rolled to an 18-0 victory over Clarke Central Wednesday, thanks to contributions from a number of players. Six players had at least two hits with Jordan Scott (home run) and Braxton Hogan each collecting three hits and three RBIs.

Jordan Johnson also drove in three runs and Ndiayemon Harrison, Kevin Barham and Ryan Read added two RBIs each for Salem (7-10, 2-6 Region 8-AAAAA).

“We came with the right frame of mind for this game. We did what we were supposed to do with our approach, and we didn’t try to do too much at the plate,” said Salem coach Chad Kitchens. “This is what we are capable of when we have our minds right.”