Bartow County's 12 and under softball all stars clinched a spot in the GRPA District 5 championship game by shutting out Whitfield County Monday night (June 22), 13-0. The elimination game victory advances Bartow to a rematch in the finals tonight (June 23) against host Murray County. Murray won the first time these two teams met last Saturday. Bartow will need two wins over unbeaten Murray to win the double-elimination event.
Madison Bentley dominated on the mound once again for Bartow County against Whitfield. She totaled six strikeouts in five innings of work.
Bartow scored five times in the first inning and added seven more in the second frame to take control. The locals would add one more run in the third inning.
Katherine Wheeler, Kyla Jenkins, and Bentley were 1-for-2 each to lead the Bartow bats.
The Bartow victory Monday night also clinched a berth in the state tournament July 8-11 in Dublin at the Southern Pines Athletic Complex.