Cartersville softball split a Region 5-AAAA doubleheader at Troup County Saturday with the Lady Canes taking the opener 5-2 before dropping the second game 12-11.
In Game 1, Cartersville pitcher McKinley Chada and the Canes’ defense scattered ten hits and two walks to allow only two fourth inning runs. Chada struck out five to earn the win. Campbell Rogers had two hits including a triple and two RBI for Cartersville. Elizabeth Nelson also finished with two hits. Lauren McElhaney had two RBI with a hit. Chada contributed a hit and one RBI with Cio Seigler and AnnaKate McElhaney adding the other Cartersville base hits.
The Lady Canes led Game 2 heading to the final frame, but the host Lady Tigers scored twice in the seventh inning to escape with a 12-11 win and a split of the doubleheader. Cartersville held a 2-0 lead through two innings, but fell behind 10-5 heading to the sixth. The Lady Canes posted six runs in their half of the sixth inning to take an 11-10 lead they would relinquish in the next frame. AnnaKate McElhaney (3 RBI) and Elizabeth Nelson led the Canes’ offense with three hits each. Lauren McElhaney doubled twice and drove in a pair of runs. Campbell Rogers finished with two hits including a double and one RBI. McKinley Chada had two hits and Cio Seigler added one hit and one RBI. Rylie Harris drove in a Cartersville run in the sixth inning with a groundout.
Kiley Arnold (3.2 IP, 6R, 4ER, 9H, 2BB, 2K) started in the circle for Cartersville. Chada (3.1 IP, 6R, 2ER, 8H, 4BB, 2K) was saddled with the pitching loss.
Following the region doubleheader split, Troup County is now 6-5 overall and 2-2 in the league.
Cartersville (3-4, 2-2) plays at Sandy Creek Tuesday at 5:55 p.m. and travels to Chapel Hill Thursday. The Lady Canes then step out of region action Friday and Saturday with games at Hamilton Crossing Park as part of the Allatoona Buccaneer Bash. Cartersville is scheduled to face Ridgeland, East Paulding, and Spalding.
HERITAGE-CATOOSA 12, ADAIRSVILLE 3
Playing in the Dalton High School Lady Cats Invitational, Adairsville softball lost to Heritage-Catoosa 12-3 Saturday morning in a game the Tigers managed only three hits and committed eight errors.
Victoria O’Neal had a two-RBI third inning single that tied the game 3-3 at the time.
Katie Smith and Kyleigh Linn had the other Adairsville safeties.
Heritage broke the game open with a six-run fourth inning and added three more insurance runs in the fifth inning for their nine-run win. The Generals totaled eleven hits in the contest.
Taylor Rhoades suffered the pitching loss for the Tigers working all five innings in the circle. She struck out six, did not walk a batter, and all 12 Heritage runs were unearned.
CEDARTOWN 4, ADAIRSVILLE 2
The Lady Tigers led the Bulldogs 2-0 through two innings, but a four-run fifth inning lifted Cedartown to a 4-2 win in a game Saturday afternoon at the Dalton Lady Cats Invitational.
Sadye Johnson had two hits including a solo home run to lead the Tigers’ offense. Taylor Rhoades also contributed a pair of hits. Chloe Souders and Megan Gregory contributed the other Adairsville base hits. Kyleigh Linn added one RBI.
Victoria O’Neal was tagged with the pitching loss despite not allowing an earned run. She fanned four and allowed six hits with no walks.