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  • Wildcats and Canes advance to the Sweet Sixteen; Tigers and Colonels lose in first round

    April 23, 2024 Tuesday night’s first-round action in the GHSA baseball state playoffs saw two local teams sweep doubleheaders to advance to the second round while two teams were eliminated. GAME ONE: CARTERSVILLE 11, CHATTAHOOCHEE 7 A wild first inning settled into more of a matchup of pitchers in the middle innings Tuesday night in the first game of the Canes’ and Cougars’ first-round best-of-three state playoff series. Chattahoochee mixed in four hits with a walk, a hit batsman, and two Canes’ errors to grab a 6-0 lead in the top of the first inning but Cartersville responded quickly. In the bottom of the first, the Hurricanes posted six runs of their own. Caleb Daniel and Cole Crawford hit two-run homers and Tristan McKibben provided a run-scoring single in a five-hit frame. In the second inning, Luke Miller scored on Daniel’s double for a 7-6 Cartersville lead. One out later, Daniel scored when Cameron Cochran reached on a Cougars’ error. Up 8-6, Canes’ pitcher Sawyer Wilson settled in to earn the win. He worked into the sixth inning allowing seven runs (three earned) on 10 hits and one walk. Wilson fanned eight. Andrew Purdy took the mound to retire the final four outs by strikeout in the sixth and seventh innings. Miller finished with three hits in the leadoff spot including a double. Daniel had three RBIs with a homer and a double. Cochran (RBI), Purdy, McKibben (RBI), Crawford (two-run HR), Julez Pratt (RBI), and Thomas Peters added one hit as the Canes totaled eleven safeties. GAME TWO: CARTERSVILLE 5, CHATTAHOOCHEE 2 Tristan McKibben, Cole Crawford, and Cameron Cochran combined for six of the Canes’ seven hits; three RBIs; and three of the team’s five runs to help lead Cartersville to a 5-2 win and a series sweep of Chattahoochee. With two hits and one RBI each, the five-, seven-, and eight-hole hitters accounted for most of the Canes’ offense in the series-clinching win. Andrew Purdy added a hit and one RBI. Crawford started the Canes’ third inning with a solo home run. Purdy and Cochran added RBI hits later in the frame. Aidan Larkin drove in a run with a sac fly in the fourth inning and McKibben added the Hurricanes’ fifth run in the fifth with a run-producing single. Nate Russell went five innings to secure the pitching win. He allowed one earned run on four hits and two walks. Russell struck out seven. Logan Shrewsbury retired the final six outs on the mound. He allowed one, unearned run on one hit with no walks and three strikeouts. The Cougars finish their year with an 11-19 mark. No. 1-ranked Cartersville (25-5) will host a Sweet Sixteen round best-of-three series beginning on Monday against Jefferson. The Dragons swept Midtown in the first round. Cartersville reaches the Sweet Sixteen for the sixth consecutive season and the 27th time in the last 28 seasons. GAME ONE: WOODLAND 2, CAMBRIDGE 1 Woodland pitchers Zach Lambert and Ayden Ray combined for a dozen strikeouts and limited the visiting Bears to a single run in the top of the seventh inning to win the first game of their best-of-three series, 2-1. The game went 4-½ innings scoreless before Wildcats’ courtesy runner Jonathan Ryan scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the fifth and Connor Stermer singled home Jake Clowers’ courtesy runner — Austin Daves — in the bottom of the sixth for a 2-0 lead. The Bears scored a run in the top of the seventh on a pair of singles and had the potential tying runner at third base when Ray recorded his second strikeout of the final frame to end the game. Stermer had two of Woodland’s three hits in the opener. Clowers had the other single. GAME TWO: WOODLAND 6, CAMBRIDGE 5 Trailing 5-1 heading to their final at-bat in Game Two, the Wildcats rallied for a 6-5 win and won their first-round series with Cambridge. Playing as the visiting team in the nightcap, Woodland loaded the bases with three walks in the top of the seventh inning. After two outs, Jonathan Ryan scored on a wild pitch and Logan Bentley singled home a run with an infield hit to cut the Bears’ lead to 5-3. A walk to the next batter loaded the bases again to set up a bases-clearing three-run triple by Lucas Baker. Ayden Ray took the mound for the Wildcats in the bottom of the seventh and struck out two in a scoreless frame to earn his second save of the night. Baker collected the pitching win by retiring the final two outs in the sixth. Austin Daves (4 IP, 4ER, 4H, 1BB, 1K) made the Wildcats’ start and JD Trail (1.1 IP, 1ER, 1H, 3BB) also pitched in relief. Ray (double) had two hits in Game Two. Baker (triple, three RBIs), Jake Clowers (RBI), Mason Williams, and Bentley (RBI) added one hit. The Bears’ season ends with a 16-16 record. Woodland (17-13) advances to the Sweet Sixteen round next Monday and Tuesday for a best-of-three series at Region 8-5A champion Loganville. GAME ONE: PICKENS 10, ADAIRSVILLE 2 The 2nd-ranked Dragons started quickly and rattled off 13 hits Tuesday night in the first game of their best-of-three first-round state playoff series to beat visiting Adairsville, 10-2. Pickens scored at least one run in five of their six offensive frames. The Dragons led 5-0 through two innings and never trailed. Peyton Bowen singled home an Adairsville run in the top of the third inning and the Tigers scored a second run in the top of the fourth on a fielder’s choice bunt after loading the bases. McCayden Hufstetler (1 IP, 4R, 0ER, 4H, 1BB) made the pitching start for Adairsville and was saddled with the loss. Hudson Parr (5 IP, 6R, 4ER, 9H, 1BB, 1K) entered in the second inning and finished the game on the mound for the Tigers. Jack Nelson (double), Ryan Farr (double), Hayden Blalock (RBI), Landon O’Neal, Jarrett Scott, and Bowen (RBI) contributed one hit each for Adairsville. GAME TWO: PICKENS 5, ADAIRSVILLE 4 (8 inn.) The Tigers carried a 4-3 lead to the seventh inning in the second game Tuesday night in Jasper but the Dragons pushed across a run in the seventh to send the game to extra innings and scored the deciding run in the eighth. Playing as the home team in Game Two, Adairsville trailed 3-0 early before P.J. Weeks singled home two runs in the bottom of the second inning. The Tigers took a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning on an RBI single by Jarrett Scott and an RBI double by Jack Nelson. Nelson (6.1 IP, 3ER, 4H, 6BB, 6K) started on the mound for Adairsville and pitched into the seventh inning. Ryan Farr (1 IP, 2R, 0ER, 1H, 1BB) was charged with the tough-luck loss but both runs against him were unearned. Kaiden Coker (0.2 IP, 1BB) retired the final two outs in the eighth inning. Scott and Nelson produced two hits and one RBI for the Tigers. Weeks (two RBIs), Farr, and Harrison Cole added one hit. The Dragons (27-5) advance to the Sweet Sixteen round and will host a best-of-three series with Hebron Christian beginning next Monday. Adairsville has its year end with a 15-11 mark. GAME ONE:  KELL 5, CASS 3 The Colonels scored twice in the top of the first inning for an early 2-0 lead but the host Longhorns answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning and held the lead the rest of the way in the first game of this first round, best-of-three series. Kell added single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to build a 5-2 advantage. Cass scored a run in the top of the seventh on hits by Chase Tatum and Hunter Lovett, but the late threat ended with a pop-out. The Colonels outhit the Longhorns nine to six but came up short on the scoreboard. Lovett (4 IP, 4ER, 5H, 1BB, 4K) suffered the pitching loss. J Peace (2 IP, 1ER, 1H) retired the final six outs for Cass. Tatum (two doubles) and Lovett (RBI) had two hits for the Colonels’ offense. Connor Jenkins (RBI), Trenton Payne, Caleb Freeman, and Landon Lamb added one hit. GAME TWO:  KELL 17, CASS 1 The 10th-ranked Longhorns dominated the second game of Tuesday night’s doubleheader and completed a first-round playoff sweep of visiting Cass with a 17-1 win. Kell plated eight runs in the second inning to build a 9-0 lead and cruised to a five-inning victory. The Colonels managed only one hit in the contest — a fifth-inning single by Connor Jenkins. Kell pitchers David McKechnie and Cooper Moreno combined for seven strikeouts. The Longhorns improved to 22-10 and will advance to the Class 5A Sweet Sixteen round where they will host Eastside or visit 3rd-ranked Villa Rica. Those two teams split their doubleheader on Tuesday and will play a deciding third game on Wednesday. The Colonels’ season ends with a 13-18 record.

  • Chargers move a step closer to claiming the top seed for the GCAA conference tournament

    April 23, 2024 A big seven-run fourth inning broke open a 1-1 game and lifted Georgia Highlands baseball to an 11-5 road win on Tuesday at Abraham Baldwin. Five singles, two walks, a hit batsman, and a solo home run produced the Chargers’ runs in the breakout frame. GHC outhit the Stallions sixteen to four in the victory. Six pitchers toed the rubber for the Chargers. Kyle Stephenson (3 IP, 2R, 0ER, 0H, 4BB), Brodie Chestnutt (1 IP), Logan Spivey (1 IP, 1ER, 1H, 1BB, 1K), Oliver Wood (2 IP, 0R, 1H), Andrew Arnold (1 IP, 1ER, 0H, 1BB, 2K), and Reece Robertson (1 IP, 1ER, 2H) all pitched. Barrett Eldridge led Georgia Highlands with four hits including a solo home run and four RBIs. Clay Wiesen (double, RBI) and Gray Wilson followed with three hits. Grayson Godbee finished with two hits including a double. Ryan Wideman (double, two RBIs), Will Cawthon (RBI), Ryan Martin (RBI), and CJ Blackwell (RBI) added one hit. ABAC slipped to 17-26 overall and 9-12 in GCAA play. The Chargers (44-7, 16-5) lead Gordon College by 2-½ games in the conference standings with three games remaining. They will host East Georgia on Thursday and the Gordon College Highlanders on Saturday. Both games are scheduled for 2 p.m. starts.

  • Tigers competing at Region 6-AAA Track & Field Championships

    April 23, 2024 The Adairsville High track and field team results from Day 1 of the Region 6-AAA Championships in Dalton held on Monday. The remaining events and finals are scheduled for Thursday. The top 8 placers earned team points. The top 4 placers advance to the State Sectionals at Franklin County High School in Carnesville on Saturday, May 4. GIRLS HIGH JUMP 3rd — Aliyah McBryde — 5-02 7th — Aaliyah McGill — 4-04 GIRLS LONG JUMP 3rd — Aliyah McBryde — 15-04 4th — Ella Bailey — 15-03 GIRLS SHOT PUT 4th — Nicole Perez — 34-03 BOYS TRIPLE JUMP 2nd — Noah Matthews — 42-01.25 3rd — Ben Abernathy — 41-02.25 BOYS DISCUS THROW 6th — Adam Poch — 115-09 BOYS 1600 METER RUN 6th — Logan Franklin — 5:00.40 BOYS 4x100 METER RELAY 3rd — Adairsville — 45.20 BOYS 4x800 METER RELAY 3rd — Adairsville — 9:20.35 GIRLS 1600 METER RUN 1st — Samantha Gough — 5:44.20 6th — Sadie Abernathy — 6:11.00 7th — Callie Viktora — 6:32.40

  • Day 1 results from the Region 7-5A Track and Field Championships for Woodland, Cass, and Cartersville

    April 23, 2024 The 2024 Region 7-5A Track and Field Championships completed Day 1 on Monday with six finals in field events and six finals in running events. Day 2 will have another six field events and the remaining eighteen running events on Wednesday. The meet is being hosted by Calhoun High School. Through Monday’s events, the Calhoun girls lead with 75 points. Woodland (40) is second followed by Cartersville (31), Cass (31), Dalton (24), and Hiram (19). In the boys’ championship, Calhoun leads with 67 points followed by Cartersville (53), Woodland (49), Hiram (23), Dalton (20), and Cass (16). The top four in each event will advance to the State Sectionals on Saturday, May 4 at Union Grove High School in McDonough. Scoring athletes (Top 8 scored points for their team; Top 4 advanced to the State Sectionals) GIRLS LONG JUMP 2nd — Liala Webb — Cass — 15-8 5th — Nyliah Woods — Cass — 15-2 8th — Milena Bihm — Cartersville — 14-8.5 GIRLS DISCUS THROW 2nd — Allana Williams — Cartersville — 100-0 4th — Jade Nelson — Cartersville — 81-7.5 5th — Taff Bradley — Cartersville — 77-11 7th — Gretchen Collins — Woodland — 75-8.25 8th — Jiyah Tomlin — Cass — 67-9 GIRLS HIGH JUMP 2nd — Nakayla KK Evans — Cass — 4-10 4th — Amirra Davis — Cartersville - 4-8 6th — Cyler Williams — Woodland — 4-4 7th — Gillian Bergman — Woodland — 4-2 BOYS TRIPLE JUMP 2nd — Jamarion Walker — Woodland — 43-5 6th — Jackson Montgomery — Cartersville — 39-6.5 8th — Thomas Smith — Cartersville — 38-11 BOYS POLE VAULT 2nd — Heath Tatum — Woodland — 11-0 5th — Tripp Chitwood — Cartersville — 10-6 6th — Kaiden Holbrook — Woodland — 9-6 7th — Cooper Higdon — Woodland — 8-0 8th — Khoa Tang — Cartersville — 8-0 BOYS SHOT PUT 1st — Thoreau Lipscomb — Cartersville — 50-4.75 6th — Malik Henry — Cass — 41-5.50 8th — Steven Dumas — Wodland — 40-11 BOYS 4x800 METER RELAY 1st — Woodland (Gabriel Hardin, Cael Higdon, Noah Vincent, Andy Forsyth) — 8:38.14 2nd — Cartersville (Carson Robinson, Luca Federico, Tripp Chitwood, Kaleb Lanier) — 8:38.93 4th — Cass (Sawyer Foy, Jonathan Fuentes, Leonardo Galeana, Critton Gearhart) — 8:52.06 GIRLS 4x200 METER RELAY 3rd — Woodland (Jordan Hammons, Kirae Grayson, Cyler Williams, Paisley Harp) — 1:52.92 4th — Cass (Gracie Banks, Joselin Barajas, Railey Dance, Alina Murrilo-Luna) — 2:12.53 BOYS 4x200 METER RELAY 1st — Cartersville (Bryson Everett, Khristian Lando, Tyon Coe, Brady Marchese) — 1:29.88 4th — Cass (Colton Cotton, Jordan Powell, Braylon Hill, Ian Williams) — 1:34.14 6th — Woodland (Nehemiah Colon, Conner Henderson, Zachary Wiggins, Heath Tatum) — 1:39.11 GIRLS 1600 METER RUN 1st — Olivia Berry — Woodland — 5:51.25 5th — Miranda Pelow — Woodland — 6:00.13 6th — Addison Brown — Woodland — 6:00.58 7th — Jordan Hathaway — Cartersville — 6:20.67 8th — Ryland Piatt — Cass — 6:24.10 BOYS 3200 METER RUN 1st — Landon McSwain — Woodland — 10:10.85 2nd — Kaleb Lanier — Cartersville — 10:31.43 3rd — Hayden Mitchell — Cartersville — 10:36.55 5th — Will Parker — Woodland — 11:06.36 6th — Leonardo Galeana — Cass — 11:17.04 7th — Micah Sanders — Cartersville — 11:22.13 GIRLS 4x400 METER RELAY 1st — Woodland (Ja’zavia Bryan, Miranda Pelow, Abigail George, Aliya Strachan) — 4:19.89 3rd — Cartersville (Milena Bihm, Kori Mandibaya, Addi Burns, Kariel Montgomery) — 4:24.17 5th — Cass (June Delauder, Ryland Piatt, Jimena Perez, Jaela Smith) — 4:48.07

  • Lady Chargers drop two at Chattanooga State

    April 22, 2024 The Georgia Highlands softball team dropped both games of a non-conference doubleheader Monday afternoon at Chattanooga State CC, falling 11-3 and 10-2. In the opener, the Chargers pulled into a 3-3 tie in the top of the third inning, but the Tigers posted eight runs over the next three frames to pull away. In Game 2, Chatt State pulled ahead 5-2 in the third inning and added five more runs in the next two frames to close out the victory. For GHC, Avrey Fisher had three hits including a solo home run and a double. Hannah Mounce finished with a homer, a double, and four RBIs. Haylee Dishmon and Chloe Fowler also had two hits in the doubleheader. Jaycie Hand (4.1 IP, 11R, 8ER, 11H, 1BB, 1K) was the losing pitcher in the opener. Hayden Joyner (4 IP, 7R, 3ER, 6H, 1BB) took the second loss in the circle. Grace Kendrick (0.2 IP, 3R, 2ER, 3H, 1K) also pitched. Chattanooga State improved to 33-11 on the season. Georgia Highlands (14-29) will host a doubleheader with the Tigers on Wednesday at 3 p.m.

  • Lady Canes' golf team earns a spot in the Class 5A state championship tournament

    April 22, 2024 (L-R): Sophie Kim, Lily Cagle, Maddy Morris, Margot Walker, coach Alicia Murray. The Cartersville High girls golf team placed second at the Class 5A, Area 3 tournament on Monday at Fields Ferry Golf Club in Calhoun. The Area runner-up finish secures the team a spot in the Class 5A State Championship Tournament on May 20-21 at Okefenokee Country Club in Blackshear.

  • Local high school baseball state playoff schedules

    April 22, 2024 Local high school baseball playoff first round schedules: GHSA CLASS 5A FIRST ROUND (Best of three) Cambridge (16-14) at Woodland (15-13) Game 1: Tuesday, April 23, 4 p.m. Game 2: Tuesday, April 23, (approx. 30 min. after Gm 1) Game 3 (if needed): Wednesday, April 24, TBA GHSA CLASS 5A FIRST ROUND (Best of three) Chattahoochee (11-17) at Cartersville (23-5) Game 1: Tuesday, April 23, 4:30 p.m. Game 2: Tuesday, April 23, (approx. 30 min. after Gm 1) Game 3 (if needed): Wednesday, April 24, 5:30 p.m. GHSA CLASS 5A FIRST ROUND (Best of three) Cass (13-16) at Kell (20-10) Game 1: Tuesday, April 23, 4:30 p.m. Game 2: Tuesday, April 23, 7 p.m. Game 3 (if needed): Wednesday, April 24, 6 p.m. GHSA CLASS 3A FIRST ROUND (Best of three) Adairsville (15-9) at Pickens (25-5) Game 1: Tuesday, April 23, 5 p.m. Game 2: Tuesday, April 23, 7:15 p.m. Game 3 (if needed): Wednesday, April 24, 5:30 p.m. GAPPS 1-A FIRST ROUND (Best of three) Excel Christian Academy (6-7) at Vidalia Heritage Academy (18-5-1) Game 1: Friday, April 26, 1:30 p.m. Game 2: Friday, April 26, 4 p.m. Game 3 (if needed): Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m.

  • Cartersville golf team wins Class 5A, Area 3 title

    April 22, 2024 L-R: Coach Chad Murray, Reid Lowry, Carter Rice, Noah Pogue, Blake Lutjens, Bodie Brumlow, Owen Dunn, and Andrew Lutjens The Cartersville High boys golf team won the 12-team Class 5A Area 3 Championship held Monday at Fields Ferry Golf Club in Calhoun. The Canes fired a 308 team total and automatically qualified for the May 20-21 Class 5A State Championship Tournament at the par-72, 6655-yard Okefenokee Country Club in Blackshear. The top four counting scores for the Hurricanes in their Area win were: Bodie Brumlow 72, Reid Lowry 77, Andrew Lutjens 79, and Noah Pogue 80.

  • GHC baseball and softball in action on Saturday

    April 20, 2024 Georgia Highlands College baseball swept a doubleheader in Cuthbert Saturday afternoon and swept a week-long, four-game series with the Andrew College Tigers. The Chargers won the first game 13-7 and took the second game 9-7. Ryan Wideman went 4-for-5 with a triple, a homer, and three RBIs in the Chargers’ Game 1 win. GHC built a 9-1 lead through the first 5-½ innings and held on down the stretch. Georgia Highlands outhit the host Tigers 17 to 8 in the opener. Trip Dovale (5.1 IP, 4R, 1ER, 4H, 4BB, 4K) collected the pitching win. Max Eichenberger (1.2 IP, 3ER, 5H, 0BB, 2K) retired the final five outs on the mound. In Game 2 on Saturday, the Chargers built a 7-0 lead through 4-½ innings but Andrew rallied to tie the score 7-7 with two runs in the fifth and five runs in the seventh inning. Two runs by GHC in the top of the eight pulled out the victory and completed the sweep. Trace Horne (1.2 IP, 0R, 0H, 1BB) picked up the Chargers’ pitching win with late relief. Chandler Anderson (4 IP, 2ER, 3H, 4BB, 4K) made the pitching start. Andrew Arnold (2.1 IP, 3ER, 3H, 3K), Hunter Ward (1ER, 1BB), and Barrett Eldridge (1ER, 2BB) also pitched. Luke Orfi led the GHC offense during the doubleheader with six hits that included a home run, two doubles, and one RBI. Will Cawthon (HR, double, two RBIs), Wideman (HR, triple, three RBIs), and Eldridge (HR, double, five RBIs) contributed five hits on the day. Andrew drops to 21-27 overall and 7-13 in Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association play.Georgia Highlands (43-7, 15-5) plays on Tuesday afternoon at ABAC. GHC SOFTBALL SPLITS SATURDAY DOUBLEHEADER The Georgia Highlands College softball team split a home doubleheader with the South Georgia State Hawks on Saturday in Cartersville. The Chargers lost the opening game 10-9 but bounced back for a 4-0 win in Game 2. Grace Kendrick (1.2 IP, 6R, 4ER, 4H, 2BB) was charged with the pitching loss for Georgia Highlands in the first game. Jaycie Hand (5.1 IP, 4ER, 4H, 2BB, 3K) pitched in relief. Hayden Joyner (7 IP, 0R, 7H, 1BB, 4K) tossed a complete game for the second game pitching win. Ally Graden (three RBIs), Ansley Farmer, Hannah Mounce (two RBIs), and Joyner had three hits in the doubleheader. Avrey Fisher (two triples, two RBIs), Haylee Dishmon, and Chloe Fowler (RBI) followed with two hits. Dishmon added four stolen bases. Cailey Barnett (double, two RBIs), Cayden Warren (triple, two RBIs), and Aliza Martinez added one hit. The two-game split leaves South Georgia with an 11-29 record overall and 3-17 mark in Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association play. The Chargers (14-27, 11-11) visit Chattanooga State CC on Monday.

  • Chargers win 16-6 at Andrew College

    April 19, 2024 For the twenty-second time this season in 41 wins this season, the Georgia Highlands College baseball team scored double-digit runs. Friday's contribution was a 16-6 conference win at Andrew College. The Chargers also have two losses this season with double-digit runs scored. On Friday, they scored seven runs in the top of the fourth inning to break open a 2-1 game. The Chargers would add on seven more runs over their next three frames. Michael Sharman went six innings on the mound to collect the win. He yielded ten hits and one walk with six strikeouts. Oliver Wood allowed one earned run on two hits while wrapping up the seventh inning. Will Cawthon led the offense with three hits including two RBIs. Ryan Martin (double, three RBIs), CJ Blackwell (three RBIs), Clay Wiesen (double, three RBIs), Grayson Godbee (RBI), and Gray Wilson (HR, two RBIs) contributed two hits. Luke Orfi and Ryan Wideman added one hit. Georgia Highlands (41-7, 13-5) and Andrew College (21-25, 7-11) complete their four-game series with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday.

  • Woodland sweeps Cass to lock up a home, state playoff series

    April 18, 2024 The Woodland Wildcats locked up second place in Region 7-5A and a state playoff first-round series at home by completing a series sweep of Cass on Thursday night. Woodland, who won the three-game series opener this past Monday, took both games of a doubleheader Thursday night 5-3 and 12-0. The Wildcats scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning in Thursday’s first game for a come-from-behind win.  Woodland trailed 3-1 through 5-½ innings but rallied to take the lead on two walks, a pair of doubles, and a sacrifice fly. Zach Lambert (3.2 IP, 2R, 0ER, 2H, 2BB, 2K) picked up the pitching victory in Game 1 in relief of starter Ayden Ray (3.1 IP, 1R, 0ER, 3H, 1BB, 4K). In Game 2, Woodland scored seven runs in the first two innings and was not challenged. Wildcats’ pitcher Austin Daves (4.1 IP, 0R, 1H, 3BB, 3K) carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning and combined with J.D. Trail (0.2 IP) to blank the Colonels in five innings. Connor Stermer led the Woodland offense in the doubleheader with five hits including one double and one RBI. Logan Bentley followed with three hits including one double and two RBIs. Mason Williams (home run, double, sac fly, four RBIs), Jake Clowers (RBI), Ray (double, RBI), Joshua Hicks (two RBIs), and Brett Good (double, four RBIs) contributed two hits in the two games. Cam Williams (sac fly) and Conner Lujan added one RBI. Nic Wright had two hits for Cass in the doubleheader. Jesiel Moctezuma (sac fly, RBI), Israel Contreras, Landon Lamb, and Devan Hutchinson had one hit. Hutchinson (0.0 IP, 3ER, 1H, 2BB) suffered the pitching loss in the first game in relief of starter Trenton Payne (5 IP, 2ER, 6H, 2BB, 4K). Justin Peace (1 IP) retired the final three outs in the opener. Cayden Roberts (2 IP, 7ER, 6H, 2BB, 1K) was the pitcher of record in Game 2 for the Colonels. Jacob Johnson (1 IP, 5ER, 4H, 2BB, 1K) and Chase Tatum (2 IP, 0R, 1H, 3BB, 1K) also pitched in the second game. Woodland (15-13, 6-6) has a non-region game at Pepperell on Saturday and will host the Cambridge Bears, the No. 3 seed from Region 6-5A, in the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs. The best-of-three playoff series will begin with a doubleheader on Tuesday. Cass (13-16, 4-8) finished in a three-way tie for third place in the Region 7-5A standings with Calhoun and Dalton. The Colonels will advance as the No. 3 seed by winning the three-way tiebreaker. In head-to-head games among the three tied teams, Cass was 4-2, Dalton was 3-3, and Calhoun was 2-4. As a result, Dalton will be the No. 4 seed from Region 7-5A and begin the playoffs in a series with Region 6-AAA champ and 2nd-ranked Greater Atlanta Christian. Cass will open the state playoffs in a best-of-three series starting Tuesday at 10th-ranked Kell. BREMEN 4, ADAIRSVILLE 0 The Adairsville Tigers managed just two hits Thursday afternoon in a 4-0 home loss to the Bremen Blue Devils. Bremen scored two runs in the top of the first and single runs in the third and seventh innings. A pair of Blue Devils’ pitchers — Slade Bishop and Aiden Price — combined for eleven strikeouts. PJ Weeks and Jarrett Scott had the Tigers’ base hits. Adairsville utilized four pitchers including Dawson Craig (0.2 IP, 2ER, 2H, 2BB), Jack Nelson (4 IP, 1R, 0ER, 4H, 4BB, 3K), Ryan Farr (1.1 IP, 1R, 0ER, 1H, 1BB, 2K), and Hudson Parr (1 IP, 0R, 0H). Bremen, ranked No. 7 in Class AAA, improved to 19-8 overall and 11-3 in Region 6-AAA. The Blue Devils finished in a tie for second place in the region standings with Gordon Lee. Adairsville (15-9, 8-6) will enter the Class AAA state playoffs next week on the road at the 2nd-ranked Pickens Dragons. Pickens won Region 7-AAA. EXCEL CHRISTIAN 9, OAKWOOD CHRISTIAN 4 The Excel Christian Eagles trailed 2-0 after 2-½ innings Thursday afternoon before posting nine runs in innings three through five to beat visiting Oakwood Christian, 9-4. Gavin Dyson reached base in all four plate appearances with three hits including a homer, a walk, and three RBIs to lead the Excel offense. Cameron Adams followed with two hits including a double and one RBI. Kamarion Profit (RBI), David Jinks, Jacob Jinks, Easton Hamilton, and Jayden Jinks added one hit. David Jinks went six innings on the mound to record the pitching win for ECA. He allowed four earned runs on eight hits and four walks while striking out four. Adams walked one and struck out two while closing out the seventh inning on the bump. The loss dropped Oakwood Christian to 7-4 on the season. Excel improved to 6-7 and will learn their possible post-season fate on Monday.

  • Colonels advance to Class 5A Sweet Sixteen

    April 17, 2024 The Cass boys’ soccer team advanced in the GHSA Class 5A state playoffs Wednesday night with a 2-1 overtime win at home over the Cambridge Bears. Camden Hillhouse scored in the first half on an assist from Christian Villela to give the Colonels a 1-0 lead at halftime. Midway through the second half, Cambridge scored an equalizer and the remainder of regulation stalemated sending the game into overtime. Villela scored with five minutes remaining in the second overtime period off a feed from Edgar Abeja lifting Cass to an opening-round win. Cambridge has its season end with a 4-11-2 mark. Cass (13-3-1) will host Chapel Hill in the Sweet Sixteen round next Wednesday. The Panthers defeated Jefferson in the first round, 3-1. CHATTAHOOCHEE 4, WOODLAND BOYS 0 The Wildcats were blanked 4-0 Wednesday night at Chattahoochee in the opening round of the GHSA Class 5A state tournament. The Cougars led 3-0 at the intermission following goals in the 17th, 22nd, and 32nd minutes. The final Chattahoochee counter came in the 43rd minute. Woodland keeper Miguel Sanchez had six saves in net. Chattahoochee (11-2-2) advances to play the Heritage-Conyers/Tri-Cities winner next Wednesday. Woodland’s season comes to a close with a 10-6 mark. Chris Sanchez set a new school record with 30 goals. He also had four assists this season. DAWSON COUNTY 4, ADAIRSVILLE 0 The host Dawson County Tigers defeated the visiting Adairsville Tigers Wednesday night 4-0 in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs. Following a scoreless first half, Dawson County scored two goals in the first five minutes of the second half and took control. Dawson County (10-7-1) advances to the second round. The Tigers will play at Hebron Christian next Wednesday. The Adairsville boys had their season end with a 6-7-2 mark.

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