The Cartersville Purple Hurricanes have arguably played the toughest schedule of any team in any classification in Georgia during the first month of the season and are poised to make another run at a region title in their new league, Region 5AAAA.
The efforts of the battle-tested Canes have not been overlooked as a variety of baseball ranking systems have Cartersville listed among the state's elite.
The quest for a region title begins this week for the Canes with a home game against Sandy Creek Thursday and a trip to Chapel Hill on Friday. Both game times are 5:55pm.
There will be plenty of challengers in the new region. Troup County, LaGrange, and Cedartown will be among the top contenders.
Cartersville (9-3) received multiple recognitions this week in various polls and rankings.
The Canes cracked the Top 30 of Perfect Game USA’s national high school rankings ( Story: https://www.perfectgame.org/Articles/View.aspx?article=13627 ) and are ranked No. 1 in both the MaxPreps Georgia Class AAAA computer rankings ( Story: http://www.maxpreps.com/polls/baseball/xcellent25.htm ) and last Friday’s ScoreAtlanta poll.
Cartersville is also ranked 6th among all classifications in Georgia in the first MaxPreps rankings released this week.
The Canes were ranked second this week in the Georgia Dugout Preview Magazine poll, behind Blessed Trinity. ( Story: http://georgiadugoutpreview.com/morefpinfo.php?rid=302&page=polls&catg=&titleid= )
Woodland received consideration in the Georgia Dugout poll in Class AAAAA and was ranked 19th in the classification by the MaxPrep computers. Cass was ranked 29th in Class AAAAA by MaxPreps.
In Class AAA, Adairsville was ranked 24th in the MaxPrep computer rankings.