Winder-Barrow scored five runs in the first two innings Saturday afternoon to take an early 5-1 lead, then held off Cartersville down the stretch for a 6-5 consolation round win at the Perfect Game High School Showdown at LakePoint in Emerson.
Cartersville finished 2-2 in the nationally acclaimed event with wins over James Clemens (AL) and IMG Academy (FL). The other loss came to the eventual champs, Providence (FL) in the Round of 16 of the single-elimination championship bracket.
Providence edged Blessed Trinity (GA) 4-3 in the championship game.
Cartersville battled back from an early deficit in their loss to Winder-Barrow.
After trailing 5-1 early, the Canes posted single runs in the third and fifth innings to narrow the deficit to 6-3. Jacob Fowler then hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to make the score 6-5, but the Cartersville rally would end a run short.
Fowler finished with two hits and two RBI. Jake Gooch (RBI) and Anthony Seigler also had two hits. J.P. Martin (RBI), Devin Warner, and Spencer Dickey also contributed one hit each.
Zack Smith, Beau Harris, and Pat DiMarco accounted for all seven of Winder-Barrow’s hits and five RBIs.
Cartersville starting pitcher Harrison Osborn (1 IP, 2ER, 3H, 1BB) took the pitching decision loss. Curtis Wilkes (1 IP, 3R, 0ER, 2H, 1K), Fowler (3 IP, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 4K), and Gooch (2 IP, 0R, 0H, 1BB, 4K) also pitched.
Winder-Barrow finished 3-1 in the Showdown tournament and improved to 11-1 overall.
Cartersville (9-3) hosts Sandy Creek to open Region 5AAAA play Thursday at 5:55pm and will play at Chapel Hill Friday at 5:55pm.