Canes lose Turner Field game; Cass, Excel lose region games
North Hall defeated Cartersville 6-3 in a non-region matchup at Turner Field in Atlanta Friday.
The Canes led 1-0 after one inning and tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning, but the Trojans scored four times in the fifth and sixth innings combined for the three-run victory.
Trevor Lowe had two hits to lead the Canes’ offense. He singled in the second inning and doubled in the sixth inning. Carrington Evans (RBI), Elliott Anderson, and Mason Barnett had the other Cartersville hits.
The Canes used six different pitchers. Harrison Osborn suffered the pitching loss.
North Hall improved to 17-7 with the win.
Cartersville (14-10) returns to region play next Tuesday when they host Heritage-Catoosa in a battle for the top spot in Region 7-AAAA. The Canes then wrap up the regular season on Thursday at Richard Bell Field in Atco against LaFayette.
SEQUOYAH 7, CASS 1
Sequoyah broke open a close game in the fourth inning with four runs, then added two more in the fifth on their way to a 7-1 win at Cass Friday night.
With the win, Sequoyah swept the three game series with the Colonels.
Cass fell behind 1-0 in the first inning, but tied the game in the second without a hit. Jordan Reed reached on an error, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jake Collum, and scored when Nathan Smith reached on an error.
Following a scoreless third inning, Randy Shelton hit a leadoff homerun in the top of the fourth. The Chiefs then added three more runs a walk, a hit batsman, and two singles.
Sequoyah’s runs in the fifth inning were the result of a walk, double, sacrifice fly, and an RBI single.
Chiefs’ pitchers, Patrick Conlin and Hunter Gaddis, combined to allow only one, unearned run on five hits and struck out nine.
Shelton (2 RBI), Smith (RBI), and Alejandro Morales (RBI) led Sequoyah with two hits apiece.
Balley Campbell and Jordan Reed had two hits for Cass. Jake Collum had the only other Colonels’ hit.
Collum (4 IP, 5ER, 5H, 3BB, 1K) was the pitching starter for Cass and took the loss. Jordan Reed (2.2 IP, 2ER, 3H, 4BB, 1K) and Clay Means (0.1 IP, 0R, 0H, 1BB, 1K)
Sequoyah (16-7, 14-4 in sub-region 7-AAAAA-A) finished second behind Dalton and will play a best-of-three series with Kell for one of the Region 7-AAAAA state playoff slots.
Cass (5-18, 4-14) will play a region cross-over, consolation three-game series with North Atlanta next week.
CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 13, EXCEL CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 7
Excel Christian Academy had one of its better offensive outputs of the year Friday night, but lost at Christian Heritage in Dalton, 13-7.
Jordan Wilkie (RBI), Trace Still, and Levi Blackwell (RBI) had two hits each for Excel. Wyatt Karlovich, Marco Haro, and Blaine Belisario had the other hits for the Eagles.
Karlovich (2 IP, 6R, 4ER, 5H, 3BB, 2K) was the game’s losing pitcher. Belisario (3 IP, 5R, 3ER, 7H, 2BB, 2K) and Haro (1 IP, 2R, 0ER, 1H, 1K) also pitched for Excel.
Christian Heritage improved to 6-11 overall and 5-10 in Region 6-A.
Excel Christian Academy (1-15, 0-14) plays at North Cobb Christian Saturday at 5pm and hosts Mount Paran Christian at LakePoint in Emerson Monday at 5:30pm.