Todd throws pair of shutouts as Lady Canes take opening state playoff series at Chestatee


Cartersville softball ace, Hannah Todd, tossed a pair of shutouts Wednesday evening as the Lady Canes swept a doubleheader at Chestatee and won their best-of-three first round Class AAAA series.


Todd, a University of North Carolina commit, (photo right) tossed a two-hitter and a three-hitter in the two victories. Cartersville won the opener 4-0 and took the series clincher and the nightcap, 8-0.


Cartersville posted single runs in the first and third innings in Game 1 before adding two more tallies in the fifth inning.


Paris Poston had two hits, including a triple, and scored two runs in the first game. Colbi Ballard had a two-run single. Tara Mathis also drove in a run with a hit. Madison McKinney added another Cartersville hit.


Macee Cole and Molly Wilson swiped bases in the opener. Lauren McElhaney contributed a sacrifice.


Todd struck out 12 and did not issue a walk in Game 1.


In the second game, Cartersville — playing as the home team — broke open a scoreless game with three runs in the bottom of the third. The Lady Canes went up 5-0 in the fourth inning and closed out the mercy rule win in the fifth with three more runs.


Poston and Kayla Stephenson finished the second game with two hits and two RBIs each. One of Poston’s hits was a double. Both Stephenson hits were doubles.


McKinney added a pair of hits. Mathis, Todd, and Wilson each added a hit. McElhaney drove in a run. Cole contributed a sacrifice.


Todd scattered three hits and struck out four in the five-inning shutout. She issued two walks.


Cartersville (20-11) advances to the second round where they will face either Northside-Columbus, the top seed from Region 1-AAAA, or fourth-seeded Hephzibah of Region 3-AAAA in a best-of-three series that starts October 19.


As a No. 3-seed, the Lady Canes would play at Northside-Columbus, but would host Hephzibah in the second round.

(PHOTO CREDIT: TCPicsOnline.com / Susan and Travis Cochran / TC Pics Photography)

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