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Lady Canes season ends with series loss at Northside-Columbus

The Cartersville softball team ran into a hot pitcher and a pair of 2-run homeruns — one in each game — as the Lady Canes were swept from the Class AAAA state playoffs Wednesday night by Northside-Columbus.

Northside won the best-of-three second round series with the doubleheader sweep.

Northside pitcher Hannah George struck out nine and scattered eight hits in a 2-0 shutout in Game 1, then struck out seven and allowed only one hit in a 2-0 shutout in the nightcap.

George also accounted for the second game runs with a first inning two-run homerun. Kayson Boatner hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning of the first game.

Cartersville pitcher Hannah Todd pitched all 13 innings of the two games for the Lady Canes, yielding only three earned runs on nine hits and two walks. Todd struck out 18.

Molly Wilson had three hits for Cartersville in the opener. Paris Poston contributed two hits. Colbi Ballard (double), Tara Mathis, and Cio Seigler added one hit each for the Lady Canes.

Cartersville left 10 runners on base in Game 1.

Lauren McElhaney had the Lady Canes only hit in Game 2.

Northside-Columbus (29-5) advances to the Elite Eight finals October 27-29 where they will open the double-elimination segment of the state playoffs against Oconee County. Cartersville’s season ends with a 20-13 mark.

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