A trio of Rockmart Little League pitchers combined Tuesday night to limit Cartersville Little League 12U to only three hits and won 5-2 to force a winner-take-all game Wednesday night at Rudy York Field for the Georgia Little League District 1 championship. The teams have now split two games in the double-elimination tournament and Wednesday’s winner will advance to the Georgia Little League state tournament set to begin July 13 in Toccoa. Cartersville 12U topped Rockmart by an identical 5-2 score Saturday in both teams’ opening games in the tournament. Both teams beat Bartow County in the tournament to reach the championship round.
In Tuesday night’s rematch, Rockmart went up 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning and took a 5-0 lead in the fourth. The four-run inning included a Rockmart two-run homer. Cartersville threatened and scored twice in the sixth taking advantage of three walks after two outs, but ultimately came up three runs short. Logan Shrewsbury (3 IP, 4R, 3ER, 3H, 3BB, 6K) started on the mound for Cartersville and was tagged with the loss. Tristan McKibben (0.2 IP, 1R, 0ER, 2H, 1K) and Luke Parker (1.1 IP, 0R, 2H, 1K) also pitched in the contest.
Parker had an RBI double in Cartersville’s sixth inning. Thomas Peters and McKibben had the other Cartersville base hits.
The two teams square off again Wednesday night at 6 p.m. for the District 1 title.
Little League results are provided to Bartow Sports Zone by Bartow County Little League and Cartersville Little League. The game data is shared by the leagues via GameChanger reports from the respective teams and/or leagues. GRPA tournament team results are also provided by the Cartersville Parks and Recreation Department and the Bartow County Parks and Recreation Department or the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association. Results and capsules are sponsored on Bartow Sports Zone by Play It Again Sports and CiCi's - Beyond Pizza, both located in the Cartersville Main Street - Cherokee Place Shopping Center.