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North Paulding wins tournament

By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY

Daily News

North Paulding was the last team standing in the LaGrange Toyota Invitational.

North Paulding went 3-1 to win the tournament, and it won a 4-3 thriller over Buford in Saturday night’s championship game at Granger Park.

North Paulding scored three runs in the bottom of the second inning to go ahead 4-2, and it made that lead stand up the rest of the way.

Jake Hembree started and pitched 3 1/3 innings to get the win, and Logan Lynch tossed 3 2/3 scoreless innings for the save.

Dylan Rhadans had two hits and three RBIs, and Mitchell Heer had a hit and an RBI.

Treyton Rank and Eli Ledford each had two hits and an RBI for Buford.

In Saturday’s third-place game, DeSoto took a 6-2 lead after three innings, and it held on for a 7-4 victory.

Northside-Columbus beat LaGrange 13-3 to finish fifth, and Providence blanked Trinity 4-0 in the seventh-place game.

TOURNAMENT STANDINGS

1st – North Paulding (3-1)

2nd – Buford (3-1)

3rd – DeSoto (3-1

4th – Russell County (1-3)

5th – Northside (2-2)

6th – LaGrange (1-3)

7th – Providence (2-2)

8th – Trinity (1-3)