Cartersville Little League won both the A-Team and B-Team 12U District 1 championships Sunday evening by completing two-game sweeps of Bartow County Little League in both best-of-three series.
Cartersville Little League A-Team won 10-8 Saturday and 25-1 Sunday to advance to the Little League State Tournament in Peachtree City that begins on Saturday, July 22.
CARTERSVILLE 12U-A 10, BARTOW COUNTY 8
Cartersville Little League’s 12U A-Team held off a late charge by Bartow County Little League Saturday night to win the best-of-three District 1 series opener, 10-8.
Cartersville took a five-run league in the top of the fifth inning and led 9-4, but Bartow pulled within a run in the bottom of the frame. Cartersville added an insurance run in the top of the sixth and Isaac Seigler (1 IP, 0R, 1BB, 1K) tossed a scoreless bottom of the inning to secure the two-run win.
Trip Bradley (4.1 IP, 4ER, 6H, 2BB, 7K) picked up Saturday’s pitching win for Cartersville in relief of starter Harrison Childers (0.2 IP, 4ER, 4H, 1K).
Chris Roper had two hits including a home run and two RBIs for Cartersville. Tyler Shelton also had two hits including a double and two RBIs. Hunter Kelly (double, RBI); Bradley (double, RBI); Martavius Cochran (triple, RBI); Collin Fletcher (triple); and Drake Carver had the other hits for Cartersville.
Tyler Driggers had two hits including a home run and three RBIs for Bartow. Devon Pryor also had two hits and a home run with two RBIs. Brice Craig drove in a run with a double and a triple. Braden Powell and Cameron Constantine each contributed two hits while Ashton Phillips added one hit and one RBI.
Powell (4 IP, 8ER, 7H, 2BB, 6K) suffered Saturday’s pitching loss for Bartow. Dawson Walters (0.2 IP, 1ER, 2H, 2K), Driggers (0.1 IP, 2ER, 0H, 2BB, 1K), and Phillips (1 IP, 0ER, 0H, 1BB, 1K) each pitched in relief for Bartow.
CARTERSVILLE 12U-A 25, BARTOW COUNTY 1
Cartersville Little League 12U A-Team routed Bartow County Little League 25-1 Sunday night to complete a two-game series sweep and capture the District 1 championship.
Cartersville pounded out 17 hits in their three offensive frames to secure the four-inning victory while Tyler Shelton (4 IP, 1R, 0ER, 3H, 2BB, 9K) kept Bartow off the scoreboard except for a single run in the final inning.
Jakiyon Porter (two hits, five RBIs), Shelton (two hits, three RBIs), and Martavius Cochran (three RBIs) all hit home runs Sunday for Cartersville.
Paul Gamble (three hits, three RBIs), Drake Carver (two hits including a triple, two RBIs), Harrison Childers (two hits, one RBI), Kace Adams (one hit, two RBIs), Chris Roper (one hit, one RBI), Collin Fletcher (one hit), Trip Bradley (one hit), and Anderson McCrary (one hit) rounded out the Cartersville attack.
Braden Powell, Tyler Driggers, and Ethan Reynolds had the only hits for Bartow County.
Cartersville Little League 12U B-Team won the district title with a 13-3 win on Saturday and a 14-3 final score on Sunday.
CARTERSVILLE 12U-B 13, BARTOW COUNTY 3
Avery Higgins (4 IP, 3ER, 4H, 4BB, 5K) tossed a four-inning complete game and Malachai Jeffries had five RBIs and a grand slam home run for Cartersville B-Team in Saturday’s win.
Pearse Mullinax added a pair of hits and two RBIs and Colt Williams had two hits for Cartersville. Jack Chatman and Silas Freeman both added a hit and one RBI. Jacob Peace and Higgins both scored twice with three walks each. Brody Tidwell also scored twice on a pair of walks while Kaden Stephenson and Collin Genrich each scored a run and reached on a base on balls.
Hayden Blalock had two hits including a double and one RBI Saturday for Bartow. Landon O’Neal added a double Andrew Stiles had the other Bartow hit.
Erich Wilburn (1.1 IP, 5ER, 0H, 8BB, 2K), Todd Gaddy (0.2 IP, 3ER, 2H, 2BB), and Caleb Wiley (2 IP, 5ER, 5H, 3BB, 2K) each pitched Saturday for Bartow.
CARTERSVILLE 12U-B 14, BARTOW COUNTY 3
Cartersville Little League 12U B-Team took a 5-1 lead with a five-run second inning and added runs in each of the succeeding innings on their way to a 14-3, five-inning victory to clinch a two-game sweep of Bartow County B-Team and win the District 1 title.
Cartersville pounded out 21 hits, including a pair of home runs and eight total extra-base hits in their win. Meanwhile, Jack Chatman (3 IP, 1ER, 4H, 4BB, 2K) and Silas Freeman (2 IP, 2ER, 2H, 2BB, 3K) combined to allow only three runs and six hits while striking out five.
Malachai Jeffries hit for the cycle and had two RBIs for Cartersville. Pearse Mullinax also had a four-hit game. Chatman had two hits including a home run and two RBIs. Jacob Peace had two RBIs with a pair of doubles. Brody Tidwell had two hits including a double and one RBI. Collin Genrich also had a two hit game. Nick Zirkelbach (double, RBI); Avery Higgins; Silas Freeman (RBI); Kaden Stephenson; and Davis Wilkey (RBI) contributed one hit apiece.
Andrew Stiles and Hayden Blalock had two hits each for Bartow B-Team in Sunday’s loss. Dawson Craig had two RBIs with a double and Landon O’Neal added a double.
Stiles (2 IP, 5ER, 6H) was tagged with the pitching loss. O’Neal (1 IP, 2ER, 6H, 1BB), Mason Williams (1 IP, 1ER, 2H, 1BB, 1K), Craig (0.2 IP, 5ER, 5H, 1K), and Blalock (0.1 IP, 1ER, 2H, 2BB) each took the mound for Bartow.
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