Canes defeat NW Whitfield; Woodland edged late; Colonels fall to Dalton
Cartersville made the most of only four hits Wednesday night at Richard Bell Field to defeat Region 7-AAAA visitor Northwest Whitfield, 5-1.
The visiting Bruins took a 1-0 lead in the third, but the Canes scored four times in the fifth and added an insurance run in the sixth to nab the win.
Cartersville needed only two hits in the fifth to go up 4-1. The big blow was a two-run double by Elliott Anderson. J.P. Martin also had a bunt single in the inning. The Canes took advantage of a hit batsman and two errors. Cole Jamieson also had a sacrifice fly RBI in the inning.
The Canes added a sixth inning run on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Trevor Lowe that scored Zach Yancey. Jacob Fowler doubled in the inning to set up the sac fly.
Meanwhile, the combined pitching efforts of Yancey and Spencer Dickey kept the Bruins off the board for most of the evening.
Yancey (5 IP, 1ER, 6H, 1BB, 2K) earned the win on the mound. Dickey (2 IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K) worked two clean innings to close out the game.
Andrew Ashe (6IP, 5R, 3ER, 4H, 3BB, 5K) was the losing pitcher for Northwest Whitfield.
The Bruins fall to 3-11 overall and 1-1 in 7-AAAA.
Cartersville (6-6, 2-0) plays at Pickens Friday at 5:55pm.
CREEKVIEW 5, WOODLAND 4
Woodland took an early lead Wednesday night in the second game of their three-game sub-region series with Creekview, but the Grizzlies came from behind and eventually won in dramatic, walk-off fashion in the bottom of the seventh, 5-4.
Woodland scored three runs in the first to take an early lead.
Jacob Frye was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Grant Robinson singled to left and Trent Harrison connected on a 2 RBI-double to score Frye and Robinson. After Cauy Williams walked, Noah Ludy singled home Harrison for a 3-0 lead.
Creekview scored single runs in the second and fourth innings to cut the Wildcats’ lead to 3-2, then scored twice in the fifth inning to take a 4-3 lead.
Woodland answered with a run in the top of the seventh to tie the game 4-4.
Robinson doubled to left field, advanced to third base on a passed ball, and scored on a Brandon Allen single to left.
The Grizzlies, however, would win the game in the bottom of the seventh.
Back-to-back hits with one out left first base open with runners at second and third. Woodland elected to intentionally walk the next batter, loading the bases. Ryan Stubbs reached on an infield hit that scored Kyle Wilkie and Creekview had a 5-4 victory. Stubbs and Wilkie combined for six hits, three runs scored, and three RBI to lead the Grizzlies’ offense.
Hudson Cloud (3 IP, 1R, 0ER, 2H, 0BB, 5K) picked up the pitching win for Creekview in relief of starter, Zach McClure (4 IP, 3ER, 5H, 2BB, 4K).
Kolby Stansel (3 IP, 3ER, 6H, 2BB, 1K) suffered the pitching loss for Woodland in relief of starter Mitchell Taylor (3.1 IP, 2ER, 6H, 0BB, 1K).
Robinson was 3-for-4 and scored two runs for the Wildcats. Ludy had two hits and a pair of RBI. Harrison and Allen had the other Woodland hits.
Woodland (2-12 overall, 1-10 in 7-AAAAA-A) hosts Creekview (6-9, 5-6) in the series finale’ Friday at 5:55pm.
DALTON 15, CASS 2
Dalton pounded out a dozen hits and took advantage of a few Cass mistakes to rout the Colonels in five innings, 15-2.
The visiting Catamounts took charge early with a four-run opening inning, but Cass responded with two runs in the bottom of the second to narrow the margin to 4-2.
Casey Patterson homered to lead off the inning and the Colonels added another run on a Boo Reed double that was followed by an RBI-single by Nathan Smith.
Dalton scored 11 runs over the next three innings to end the contest.
The Colonels’ Evan Hinton (3.1 IP, 12R, 9ER, 10H, 1BB, 4K) suffered the pitching loss. Cody Johnson (1 IP, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K) and Owen Means (0.2 IP, 0R, 1H, 1BB) also saw some mound time.
Brock Nelson (5 IP, 2ER, 4H, 1BB, 1K) collected the pitching win for Dalton with a shortened, complete game effort.
Nelson also led Dalton at the plate with four hits and one RBI. J.P. Tighe had two hits and three RBI and Sam Stepp also contributed a pair of hits and one RBI.
The Catamounts improved to 11-2 overall and 7-1 in 7-AAAAA-A. Cass fell to 4-9 overall and 3-5 in sub-region games.
The two teams play again Friday at Dalton at 5:55pm.