Tough night for local softball teams
The Excel Christian Academy softball team battled from behind to send their game at Bowdon to extra innings Tuesday night, but came up short in the extra frame, 10-9.
Bowdon broke open a 3-3 game in the bottom of the third with five runs to take an 8-3 lead.
Excel chipped away, however, with runs in the fourth, sixth, and seventh innings to tie the game 8-8.
In the tie-breaker innings, offenses begin with a runner placed at second base.
In Excel’s half of the eighth, Hannah Lee drove in a go-ahead run with a single into left field to and a 9-8 lead.
Bowdon responded with a walk, a sacrifice bunt, and a pair of fielder’s choice plays to score twice and take the win.
Rachel Parrott led Excel at the plate with three hits that included a double and four RBIs. Lee (2 RBIs), Aliza Baker, Lindsey Mauldin, and Landry McCollum had two hits each. Whitney Harris (2 RBIs) and Kalli Beth Scheff also added a hit.
Lee (3.1 IP, 8R, 7ER, 7H, 2BB, 3K) started in the circle for the Lady Eagles. Taylor Gibson (4 IP, 1ER, 2H, 2BB, 2K) entered in the fourth and was tagged with the pitching loss.
ECA (6-8, 1-4 in Region 6-A) plays Darlington at home Thursday at 4:30pm.
CALHOUN 13, ADAIRSVILLE 1
The Adairsville Lady Tigers lost 13-1 Tuesday night at Calhoun.
Calhoun’s Torri Gaddis allowed only one hit over four innings to earn the pitching win for the Lady Jackets.
Calhoun scored six runs in the first inning, then added seven more over the next two frames to put the game out of reach.
Emily Collum hit a solo homer in the top of the fourth for Adairsville’s only hit and run.
Loren Harris (2 IP, 10R, 5ER, 7H, 2BB, 2K) and Natalie Burrow (1 IP, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 3H) pitched for Adairsville.
Adairsville (5-7, 2-4 in Region 6-AAA) plays at Bremen Thursday at 5:30pm.
CEDARTOWN 1, CARTERSVILLE 0
Hannah Todd struck out 11 and allowed only one hit Tuesday night at Cedartown, but the Lady Canes came up short in extra innings, 1-0.
The game was dominated by a pair of future D-I pitching commits.
UNC commit, Todd (7.1 IP, 0ER, 1H, 2BB, 11K) was outstanding, but Cedartown’s Ava Tillman (8 IP, 0R, 2H, 2BB, 8K), — an Ole Miss commit — came away with the pitching victory.
Cedartown’s winning run in the eighth came without benefit of a hit. The tie-breaker runner at second moved to third base on a wild pitch and scored on an infield error.
Paris Poston and Lauren McElhaney had the Lady Canes’ hits. Tia Covington had the only Cedartown hit.
Cartersville (5-8, 1-4 in Region 5-AAAA) entertains Central Carrollton Thursday at 5:30pm and will play Roswell, Camden County, Westlake, and Chattahoochee Friday and Saturday in the North Cobb Invitational.
LASSITER 15, WOODLAND 6 Lassiter took a 7-0 lead early, then held off Woodland 15-6 Tuesday night in a non-region softball matchup at Woodland. The Lady Cats struggled defensively, committing ten errors in the game. Woodland narrowed the Lady Trojans’ lead to 7-6 after four innings, but Lassiter scored two runs in the sixth frame and six more in the seventh inning. Meanwhile, the Lady Cats were shut out over the final three innings. Lassiter had 14 hits including three doubles. Audrey Morris had four hits for Woodland. Skylar Chappell and Jamison Kilgo both had two hits. Caroline Higdon tripled and contributed three RBIs. Bella Carnes drove in a run and had one hit. Brittney Cox and Jordan Duck had the other Lady Cats’ hits. Duck (7 IP, 15R, 3ER, 14H, 4BB, 1K) was tagged with the pitching loss for the Lady Cats. Woodland (7-8) hosts Carrollton Wednesday and plays at Cass Thursday before traveling to the Lowndes Vikette Invitational this weekend.