The Cartersville Little League 10U all-star baseball team improved to 2-1 at the Georgia Little League state tournament Tuesday night with a 9-7 elimination game victory over Smyrna Blue.
The win advances Cartersville 10U to another elimination game Wednesday night at 8 p.m. against Warner Robins American Little League. The tournament is being played at Dudley Little League, just west of Dublin, GA.
Cartersville opened the double-elimination tournament with a 5-0 win last Saturday over Toccoa, but lost to Martinez Evans Monday night, 8-3.
With Tuesday’s win, Cartersville is one of four teams remaining. Martinez Evans plays Northern-Columbus Wednesday night as well with the winner securing a spot in the championship round. Both Martinez Evans and Northern are unbeaten in the state tournament. The Martinez Evans/Northern loser will play the Cartersville/Warner Robins winner in an elimination game Thursday.
Tuesday night, Smyrna took an early lead with a four-run second inning before Cartersville responded with three runs in the third inning and six more in the fifth inning to take a 9-4 lead. Smyrna then rallied and sent nine batters to the plate in the bottom of the sixth, but a strikeout ended the threat.
Smyrna posted their four runs in the second inning on three hits, a pair of walks, and two Cartersville miscues. Their sixth inning rally included two more hits, three walks, and an infield error.
Cartersville utilized six pitchers in the game, including starter Asa Mitcham, Logan Buchanan, Isaiah Martin, Griffin Woodall, and Brayden Channell.
The two teams matched with eight hits each.
Cartersville got two hits each from Carter Rice, Mitcham, and Channell. Mitcham scored twice. Rice and Channel each scored a run. Lyle Woody and Griffin Woodall contributed a hit and one run each. Buchanan walked twice and scored a run. Matthew Morris walked and scored and Will Camp scored a run after reaching on an error in the fifth inning.
Georgia Little League 10U State Tournament schedule/results:
Sat. July 7 — Smyrna Blue 11, Chatham County 1
Sat. July 7 — Cartersville 5, Toccoa 0
Sat. July 7 — Martinez-Evans 16, Peachtree City 0
Sun. July 8 — Northern-Columbus 13, Oconee County 3
Sun. July 8 — Warner Robins 7, Smyrna Blue 2
Sun. July 8 — Toccoa 6, Chatham County 2 (Chatham eliminated)
Mon. July 9 — Smyrna Blue 14, Oconee County 13 (Oconee eliminated)
Mon. July 9 — Toccoa 18, Peachtree City 3 (Peachtree City eliminated) Mon. July 9 — Martinez-Evans 8, Cartersville 3
Mon. July 9 — Northern-Columbus 4, Warner Robins American 3
Tue. July 10 — Cartersville 9, Smyrna Blue 7 (Smyrna eliminated)
Tue. July 10 — Warner Robins American 16, Toccoa 5 (Toccoa eliminated)
GM 13 — Wed. July 11 — 6 pm — Martinez-Evans vs. Northern-Columbus
GM 14 — Wed. July 11 — 8 pm — W.Robins American vs. Cartersville (elimination game)
GM 15 — Thr. July 12 — 6 pm — Game 13 loser vs. Game 14 winner (elimination game)
GM 16 — Fri. July 13 — 6 pm — Game 13 winner vs. Game 15 winner (championship round)
GM 17 — Sat. July 14 — 11 am — Game 16 winner vs. Game 16 loser (if necessary)
Georgia winner advances to the Tournament of State Champions that begins July 20 in Greenville, NC.
Results for Bartow County Little League and Cartersville Little League provided by the respective leagues and Georgia Little League Baseball and Softball. Bartow County Recreation Department and Cartersville Recreation Department baseball and softball teams participating in Georgia Recreation and Parks Association are reported to Bartow Sports Zone by the respective recreation departments and presented on Bartow Sports Zone by Play It Again Sports at 410 Cherokee Place in Cartersville.